Monday, 28 February 2011

Week 2 Begins

Boxing in the gym

So it's the first day of week 2 of the 12 week transformation challenge, and I'm pumped! I can honestly say that I have more energy today than I have had for a VERY long time. I'm also very happy that my blood sugar has dropped from 11.5 before the start of the challenge to 7.1 this morning. That's in just ONE WEEK!

On the weight side, I've dropped about 1.7Kgs in the last week, with current weight sitting at 141.3kg. That loss is a little lower than I thought I might acheive in week 1 - however I'm also noticing an increase in my muscle content - so I think there's two things happening here: weight loss, and muscle growth (which in time will burn more calories and so contribute to weight loss). I also expect that fat falls off in "chunks". If you look at this weeks photo, you might notice some slight improvements over the week 1 photo. These will become more noticable over time. For now I'm just happy that 3 blocks of butter are no longer being carried around on my body! That's a great way to visualise the fat as I burn it off through exercise.

Just to prove that I really am working out, there's a photo of me boxing in the gym shown here. My trainer took it. I'm not sure if that's for motivation or just for fun. I actually think it's a good way to remind myself that the weight loss and fitness increase will only be acheived through hard work! I'm working hard, keeping to my twice daily gym regime (aiming for 12 visits a week, 2 a day with a rest day), so I'm confident of the long term results. My goal is to lose about 20kgs on this challenge - I really want to acheive it!

Hard work weight loss

Enjoy the photos, and please don't forget that whilst I'm doing the challenge I'm also raising money for Diabetes New Zealand. You can donate at David Pomeroy's Fundraising Page. Until next week, keep well and safe. My thoughts go out especially to all of those people living in Christchurch who've endured (and continue to endure) particularly trying times.

Keep strong, keep alert, keep alive.

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