Saturday, 29 January 2011

I lost five pounds!!

(I think- cos my scales are slightly messed up)- but yay! I'm really happy. All the hard work and the sore limbs have paid off :)

Yesterday, after gym, as I was walking to my bus stop I started to reminisce and think about the other times I had lost weight (pre-diagnosis), how I had never lost as much as I have so far, and how "faddy" they were. They were always for short-term goals like getting into a dress. Part of what this has taught me is that I can fully commit to something if I try, I have been going to the gym since October '10 and haven't once waivered. Although sometimes I didn't feel like going, I always made myself. It's partly easier to commit to the gym since you pay membership, but it has taught me an invaluable lesson, and I'm really proud of how long I've kept it up.

I start thinking about how easy it is to eat and eat and eat yourself into oblivion, but how painstakingly hard it is to actually exercise and lose weight. The bittersweet irony of it all. Although I myself have a metabolic disorder, which means anything I eat automatically turns to fat, I know that part of the reason I'm in the state I'm in is because I did eat too much. I used to compete with my sister and friends who could eat so much and stay thin, and thought I could do the same too. How wrong I was. I know that once the weight comes off, I will still exercise (God willing) and still have to control my diet. I have to accept I can't eat like normal people.

I am ever-conscious that the lifestyle changes I'm currently making are ones I want to keep with me for life. They aren't one-off's. I just hope I can maintain them.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Tuesday & Wednesday

Not much to say other than I've been working hard and really pushing myself! :)



Monday, 24 January 2011


To be honest, I didn't really feel like going to the gym today. I wanted to, cos exercise is an awesome stress-reliever, but on the other hand, I had pre-menstrual pain and I was like- I really cba! I tend to  get a bit out of sync when I haven't been to the gym on the weekend. But I went in the end :) I decided to go on the treadmill that was free and situtated in between two people who were really going for it- in terms of running. It helps when there's people either side of you running too, they spur you on. I have a mental race inside of my head to see who can go for the longest and who burnt the most calories. I'm quite a competitive person.

Anyway, I really pushed myself today. Managed to achieve a distance of over 5K (which I didn't achieve last week) and burnt more than 300 calories. It was quite a mental battle today, my mind kept saying "STOP I can't take anymore," my body was saying "my knees and calves are really aching" but somehow, I kept pushing through :)

I took a picture of my workout summary on the treadmill especially for this blog :

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Week 16th Jan-23 Jan 2010

I lost FOUR pounds!! I'm so happy Alhamdulillah. I've worked extremely hard this week, been pounding the treadmill every day as if it was my last day, and really been pushing myself so hard. My diet could have been a bit better this week, in hindsight. I didn't eat enough fruit and opted for chocolates/biscuits instead. I shall keep that in mind for next week.

But anyway, I'm so happy, cos all the hard work has indeed paid off. All the "No I can't do lunch today, I'm going to the gym" has also paid off. This week, on the treadmill, my aim was to run for as long as I could without stopping, and the longest I ran for was 12 minutes! :) even though it was a slow jog, 12 minutes is a loong time! I have aimed for a distance of 5K and a target of 300 calories to burn each day, although I achieved around 4.40k on average and around 250-260 calories burnt daily.

Targets for next week

  • Eat more fruit
  • Aim to achieve 5k 
  • Keep going! :) 
  • Push myself more on my days off
  • Be more organised- get the balance between gym and doing uni work
Notes to self/things to remember:

  • charge iPod
  • buy new headphones (they are officially bust!) 
  • update iPod (getting bored of same old songs)