22 February 2013

Life, the Universe, and Everything. Or: 20 kg!

It's been a while since I posted anything about my weight loss and my health so I figured hey, what the heck. The most recent pictures I took were on January first, and they're kinda old news already, although I think you wouldn't be able to spot the difference between me there and me now so I'm not taking new ones yet. You see, today I found out that I crossed a new threshold: 20 kg! Holy crap!

I had a bad day the day I put the above image together but there's really no denying that I look a lot better in the new pictures. More in proportion, as a friend put it. Mind you, he was drunk at the time, but still. I'm still a long way off my goal weight too, so I wonder if that would put me in proportion even more. Remind me to get him drunk and ask him when that time comes.

Now, apart from just continuing what I have been doing for the past 8 months, all I have to do is work on my posture... Stop leaning forward, stop overextending my knees, stop pulling up my shoulders (see how lopsided I seem in the picture to the far left? I think I used to think that made me look less fat, or something), learn to relax my posture... It'll take a loooooot of work to fix years and years of standing wrong, but I'm determined now. If anything, it'll help me a lot in my workouts!

Speaking of... I started lifting weights in November, and am currently improving my techniques and posture, adding weights where I can but it's not my main focus and will only happen if I feel I have outgrown the current weight settings, eliminating exercises that are not working for me such as the Smith machine squat or the step-up (I could live with the fact that it made me feel like I was in an Eighties aerobics video, but it was taking its toll on my lower legs!), and above all that I'm working on my stamina by going running! I started another interval training schedule, beginning with intervals of 1 minute at a slow pace (8 km/u) and hopefully leading up to doing a full C25K-program when the weather gets better. Right now, it's going great and I feel like I'm progressing gradually to a point where I can extend my time running again! I'm also tracking my every move (at least the ones I make at the gym) with my heart rate monitor and through Fitocracy, making it very easy to spot if and where I go wrong.

Apart from that really, nothing has changed. Just more of the same. Apparently that works!


  1. Wow, you have done incredibly well. Taking photos is a great way to see how far you've come. This time when I started to diet I took measurements too, because when I lost weight the first time round I didn't do that and I wish I had. I'm sad I've having to do 1/2 of it all over again, but changes in medication can't be helped so this time I'm going to do it the way I wish I'd done it before.

  2. wow you look fantastic! well done! I'm running but I have a lot of trouble being consistent with a program and diet! You are very inspirational!

  3. Wooow that is amazing! You've done brilliant! :-) xxxx

  4. Congratulations!!! I have terrible posture too. When I consciously try to keep myself upright (it's been a while :S ....yoga helps), I'm surprised how much better I feel. It does wonders for the abs, too. ;) Keep it up!