July 2014, I started on the adventure of a weight loss /lifestyle-overhaul journey. The reality was at 23 and I thought, no I believed, I was invincible. I drank, ate and lived how I pleased with blasé attitude to exercise (20 minutes not really doing much other than people watch twice a week in a gym is enough right?).
I abused my beautiful body with late nights, early mornings and terrible choices in food and health. To be honest I didn’t see it, I didn’t look in the mirror and think there was a problem who does when you are carefree and 23? I didn’t WANT to see it at all, I was blind to my body (very round, VERY unhealthy body) and the damage I was inflicting upon myself in the long term for the simple notion that instant gratification (in food and drink) was more important than building a healthy and long FUTURE for myself.
I didn’t wake up one morning and decide “This is It! I’m going to exercise and eat healthy and change my life”. I say loosely that my journey started in July 2014 but in all honesty that was the first time I got on a scale and saw those digital numbers that shocked me into extreme action. I was 87 kg and at 1.68m tall I had a BMI of 31. There was a problem and I now saw it in plain numerical, mathematical and physical site.
After the shock had settled in the first thing I did was clean up my diet. I downloaded MyFitnessPal and immediately started religiously logging every tiny item I ate/drank to make sure I wasn’t consuming more than my body can burn in a little to no activity day. I started eating at a 300 Calorie deficit putting me at the 1 200 calorie mark and as my body and activity level changed I would up the food intake to make sure I am fueling my body and it didn’t need to hold onto any “fat”. I now eat 5-6 small meals a day that all add up to 1 500 calories. I make sure I have a healthy balance of protein (30%), slow release carbs(50%) and good fat (20%). It’s a pretty basic diet but it fills me right up and fuels my body for what I need every day:
- Breakfast: 1 egg, low cal bread and vege for breakfast
- Snack: 100g fat free yoghurt and a fruit
- Lunch: Fish/Chicken with a salad/vegetable and 4 Provitas
- Snack: Protein Shake (Evox Lean Pro) and Fruit
- Snack 2: Carrots/Celery
- Dinner:Fish/Chicken with a salad/vegetable and avocado/reduced fat feta
I also gave up drinking…. not cold turkey but my usual 1 or 2 bottles of wine a week became 1 glass a weekend and now none at all.
I also started working out more initially, 2-3 HARD sweaty no people watching allowed sessions a week. Now I run 5-10 km races every weekend and then do 5 days of weight training (40 min) and HIIT Cardio (20 min)
I have a great group of support, my sister who designs my workouts an guides me with my food plans (she is a smart cookie), my parents who cheered me on all the way, my fantastic boyfriend who has joined in my journey and been my number one fan and my best friend who has been my absolute rock “my person” and is herself one of the most inspiring woman I have the fortune to know. And of course I have Sleek Geek. I stumbled upon the page after a friend of mine liked it who was trying to loose weight, this must have been in March last year. Sleek Geek’s news feed was really a driving force in days I felt demotivated and alone, because with Sleek Geek I am not alone. We are an interconnected group of people who are essentially strangers but in the same breath I think some of you might be my close friends for answering my silly questions and showing everyone some love when they make some progress on their journey. Sleek Geek has subsequently become a driving force for my dad and his weight loss journey. So I owe you all a BIG THANK YOU! for being an inspiring group of people and getting me through the days I wasn’t sure I could.
It was tough the road I traveled. I had to remind myself everyday why I was doing this, set reminders, paste motivational images as my laptop/iPad/iPhone wallpapers, follow lots of blogs and digging deep to say no to the chocolate birthday cake/burgers/champagne at the office/with friends/at events because now there was a goal! And a Kirsten of the future, she needed me to say YES to a healthy life more then the present Kirsten needed an easy way out.
It’s now many months later I am 27Kg lighter, my BMI is (a normal) 21 and I have never been happier. I crave my daily workouts, I eat healthy without even thinking twice 99% of the time (saying yes once in a while won’t kill me) and for the first time in my life I look in the mirror and I like the person who is looking back at me.
She is fit, strong and healthy. She is beautiful, smart and determined. But most of all the Kirsten of right now, and from July 2014, is just the person I was supposed to be.
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