It’s been 3 months since something in me finally clicked and I decided to look after my health. I thought it would be great to take time to reflect, tell my story and how I reached goal. I know that I loved reading those stories when I started and it would be a great motivation so I’m hoping mine helps some people.
Discarded 2 st & 2 lbs / 14kg! 🙂
I’m now 64.9kg or 10st 2, a weight I haven’t been for 7 years. So happy! Here are some poor photos of a before and now https://ibb.co/64cQFVW
Everything started when I read an article in the Guardian about MM’s new book and purchased it online the same day. I started calorie counting straight away as I didn’t want to put it out for another day but since I hadn’t read the book yet, I was still eating high carbs but keeping calories below 800.
Once I read the book and understand the science behind it, going low carbs was one of the best thing I did. The magical mild ketosis state with no hunger, constant energy and mental clarity is the best feeling in the world.
Thanks to the help and support of this forum, I went on to discover Jason Fung and his books. They resonated with me and after 4 weeks on the fast 800 I started to experiment with 24hrs fasting, and slowly increased to my now usual 3 days fast.I am mostly eating under 20 gr of carbs per day, keeping proteins between 65-80gr and the rest is fat. I stopped counting my calories which feels strangely liberating.
I believe this new WOE is manageable long term as during the 12 weeks, I went on holiday in Bali and relaxed my eating habits but couldn’t wait to come back to my new WOE. So I both manage to stay the same weight while enjoying my holiday and I also couldn’t wait to come back to this routine. That would have never happened before this WOE.
Friends and family are all commenting on my new face and body, telling me that I have melted. Best of all, 4 friends have now joined OH and I on the low carbs wagon and having great results too!
I’m not ready to move to maintenance as I recently had a DEXA scan (ie full body scan that tells your body composition, how much bone, how much muscles and how much fat).
My results are here https://ibb.co/DLt8v7Y
Following the scan, it turns out that I have 36% body fat and a woman my age should aim to be below 30%. Also most of my fat is in the abdominal region which makes it even more important to shift… Therefore I will discard a further 10lbs/5kg and that would bring me to 30% bf. I’m a little concern at how slim I will look then, don’t want to look gaunt – but maybe it’s only getting used to my new face…
Equipped with all my knowledge and experience I am VERY confident that this is achievable and I will have the healthier body since my 20’s by the end of the year.
Thanks Michael Mosley, and thanks to this forum and its beautiful members! 🙂
ETA my detailed stats are under my profile for those who are number geeks like me.