I was hoping to write this post last week, but as it was half term my children had other ideas. So technically I’m just past half way through the programme I started back in September but I thought it about time I shared the results so far.
The question I get asked the most is: “How much weight have you lost?” and it’s actually the question I want to answer the least. Not because I’m not proud of the fact that I’m half a stone lighter now than I was seven weeks ago but because it doesn’t tell you very much.
Let’s face it, I could live on cabbage and water for a week and I’d lose half a stone and we all know that I’d put it back on again the following week.
This has been different. I’ve worked out five or six times a week: sometimes with heavy weights and sometimes doing high intensity running in bursts of 30-60 seconds at a time.
I’ve changed some of the things that I’ve been eating. I stopped eating sugar around 18 months ago so I didn’t have to worry about that and I rarely eat refined products like white bread and pasta, preferring the wholewheat versions. I’ve upped my fruit and legume intake and concentrated on eating as healthily as I can.
So where does that leave me? Well the numbers that I was interested in changing were my body fat percentage and the size of my waist. Then after I’d taken my initial photos I realised my bottom needed some serious work too!
Back in September my body fat was around 35% (which equated to around 51 lbs of fat). It’s now fluctuating around 31% (which equates to around 43 lbs of fat). I’m really chuffed with this. I keep imagining what the 8lbs of fat that I’ve lost looks like and it ain’t pretty.
My waist has dropped by 11cms (that’s just over 4 inches) against a target of losing 15cms or more. I’m thrilled at this. There’s still work to be done but I can feel muscle underneath and as a bonus of strengthening my core my back is feeling stronger than it has in a long time.
My bottom (I measured around the widest part of me) has gone down by 3cms. Now I know this doesn’t sound much but I’m as pleased about this as I am about my waist.
Why? Well that’s a good question. The measurement just doesn’t do justice to what has been going on with my bottom and legs. When I started they were a bit lumpy, bumpy and with more than their fair share of cellulite.
Now I’m pleased to say that there is hardly any cellulite left and my bottom is looking, dare I say it, peachy? I don’t think I’ve ever described my bottom in such glowing terms.
So with five weeks to go I’m feeling enthused and confident that there will be more positive changes to report on in December. Woo hoo, let’s go.
By the way, if you’re feeling inspired to try any of this yourself, Julia’s book The Fat Burn Revolution has just appeared on Amazon ready for pre-order.