Year 2 week 44

29th October- 4th November 2017

One thing I have really struggled this year with has been motivation.

I think it’s because I achieved one of my main goals this year. One of my goals was to have enough energy to keep up with my kids. My kids are typical kids and have heaps of energy. 

Before I started this journey I couldn’t even walk up the stairs without being out of breath. 16 months later I did a half marathon! 

For me doing that half marathon in Rwanda was so amazing. It was something that I never thought I could ever do. I was so overwhelmed at the time that I did it. That to me that was my ultimate goal. I felt that there was nothing I could do any better than that. I felt that I had climbed the highest mountain and actually reached the top. 

Since then it has been hard staying motivated. The trouble with reaching your goal is that there is nothing left to aim for. Once you reach that point and you get to the top of your mountain there is only one place left to go and that’s DOWN. 

Sometimes to go down can be fun. It means that there are no restrictions on your life. It’s like I can do anything and get away with it. However you do end up with a feeling of guilt that you have let things slip so bad. 

The getting away with it can only last so long. With falling there comes a point where you hit the ground. Hitting rock bottom can be very painful and usually at that point it’s very hard to see a way out of it. 

I feel that since Rwanda that is what I have been doing – FALLING. In my mind though I didn’t want to fall I feel I protected myself from the impact – it’s like I put on my parachute so when I hit the ground it wasn’t so painful. 

This month I have set myself new goals.  I have hit the ground now but I have decided to turn around and start climbing that mountain again. 

I have decided that for the month of November I am going to concentrate on my eating again. I have already had a carb free 4 days and lost a few pounds too. I would like to continue my healthy eating throughout this month and hopefully it will give me the boost I need to continue after. 

I have also signed up for another half marathon – this time in Kenya. It’s in June of next year. I will be raising money again for the charity Compassion UK.

I think for me the fact I am doing it again isn’t quite as significant as before. What it does do though is help me to keep active, gives me something to focus on and I get to help some needy children in Africa in the process. 

I came back from doing my last half marathon thinking I would never do one again. My fitness levels have depleted so much that I feel I have signed up without the ability to succeed. Knowing this is coming hopefully will get me motivated to train.

After June next year, when I’ve completed my second half marathon, I’m hoping that I won’t fall like I did this year. Well that’s what I’m aiming for.


Day 83

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

I have been sorting out all my clothes. I have tipped the entire contents of my wardrobe on my bedroom floor, throwing thing out that are too big and finding things that I can now fit into. It was genuinely a really great feeling.

Today I put on some jeans I haven’t worn jeans in 4 years, the reason is because I find them uncomfortable and there’s not much give. I like clothes that stretch.

The jeans I wore did not only fit but they were a little baggy.

It was still a good feeling though.

18st 7.7lbs.   ⬅️➡️.   39.3lbs⬇️total

Day 80

Sunday 20th March 2016

I can’t believe that I have been going for 80 days and lost almost 40lbs.

There are 8 rules to abide by on this diet, and number 1 is not to mix your proteins. The reason for this is because it produces different types of amino acids and your body takes time to process it. So it is better to just choose 1 per meal.

18st 7.5 lbs.   1.3lbs⬇️.    39.5lbs ⬇️total

Day 79

Saturday 19th March 2016

Weekends are so different than in the week. I find it a lot harder to exercise so I have missed my walk today.

When I eat food, Jenny tells me to take an apple cider vinegar tablet before hand. It’s good for breaking down the fats.

I take a tablet but you can also drink it or put it on salad.

18st 8.8lbs.       0.4lbs⬇️      38.2lbs⬇️ total

Day 78

Friday 18th March 2016

Had training again this morning and I walked 2.2 miles on the treadmill, all on an incline. 

I also did 150 sit ups followed by 20 minutes of boxing. My boxing was so much better than last week, I think my strength has come back.

Before I started this diet, I used to get really tired half way through the day, even if I hadn’t done much that day. Now I have so much more energy, I can last the whole day now.

I also used to have reflux which caused me great problems when eating. My food would cause acid from my stomach to come back up it would cause pain in my throat and on very rare occasions I would throw it back up. I have managed to control it for many years by drinking water between bites. I have found lately though that I haven’t done this for a while.

I am very happy with these improvements I hope they continue.

18st 9.2lbs     0.5lbs⬇️      37.8lbs ⬇️total

Day 77

Thursday 17th March 2016

I was having a life group at my house today so I got out the biscuits, and its the first time in a long time that this bothered me.

I have had people really interested in my diet asking how I am doing it. One question that keeps coming up is why can’t I have milk because I need it for the calcium and strengthening my bones.

When I saw Jenny yesterday I asked about this, she said there is so much more calcium in the vegetables I am eating than you can get in a whole carton of milk.

I went walking with mum today she wanted to go a different route than just around the block. It was a nice change.

18st 9.7lbs.    1.1lbs⬇️.    37.3lbs ⬇️total


Day 76

Wednesday 16th March 2016

I haven’t seen the nutritionist for 2 weeks as she had been away. Today was the first visit since she got back. While she was away I managed to look through the information that she gave me when I started the detox.

The thing that caught my eye the most was that I have a very high level of Uric Acid. I asked her today what that meant, she said that if I had of continued at the same rate I would have eventually got gout, diabetes or even osteoporosis, amongst other things.

This has helped me understand why I have been recommended to eat certain foods and not others. Since the detox I have been eating foods that are more alkaline like vegetables and stop eating foods that are too acidic like red meat. This should bring my Uric Acid levels back in balance.

18st 10.8lbs.   0.9lbs.    36.2lbs⬇️total

Day 75

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Went for another walk again, we didn’t have to much time as there were people due round in 25 minutes. So we did the shorter block, I don’t think I have ever walked so quick in my life. We made it back in time!

The rest of the day though I was so tired. I think I have overdone it over the last few days

18st 11.7lbs.   0.4lbs⬇️.   35.3 lbs⬇️total

Day 72

Saturday 12th March 2016.

I have had a bad stomach for a few days now, this morning though it was particularly bad so I didn’t eat breakfast. 2 o’clock came and I still wasn’t hungry, I was however concerned about not eating anything. I rang the nutritionist and she said have a vegetable smoothie.

It was really disgusting and I had to really force it down, but it really did do the trick though.

I felt a lot better by the evening, I still wasn’t hungry but I did eat a proper meal.

I had only eaten 531 calories today.

19st 0.3lbs.    0.5lbs⬇️.   32.7lbs⬇️total