Monday, 18 April 2011

Week 8 of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge Complete

Week 8 of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge is now over, and whilst it sometimes feels like a long road, it is certainly a worthwhile one. I’ve now lost a full 13Kgs (or, as I personally like to visualise it, 26 packets of New Zealand full cream butter), which feels great. I’m really starting to notice the body changes now, and others are too. Whilst looks are a consideration, how you FEEL is much more important. I’m happy to say that as each week goes by I FEEL better, which is one of my primary aims of the Transformation Challenge.

Looking at the statistics and measurements, which I like to do from time to time, it’s no wonder. There have been HUGE changes in my body composition over the last 56 days (and 96 gym sessions). When I began the Transformation Challenge, my blood sugar levels were high, at 11.5, and I was feeling unwell from time to time as a result. Today my blood sugar has dived to 5.8. Whilst that’s still not under 5 (which would be fantastic), my Doctor is happy. Doctor’s consider a range of 5 to 8 appropriate for diagnosed diabetics, and I’m getting to the lower end of that range. Which reminds me: have you donated to Diabetes New Zealand yet? See the on-page links throughout this blog, to donate.

Blood sugar is just one indication of returning health. I now actually ENJOY the exercise I do (never thought I would say that), seeing each session as a personal challenge, with my goal being to complete each session safely and to exhaustion, to maximise weight loss. I’m very blessed to have a fantastic trainer, Sugar, at Club Physical Xpress in Auckland, who’s such a joy to work hard for. And the reducing body measurements speak for themselves. Just look at the progress so far:

At start of the Transformation Challenge, in February 2011: Waist 141cm, Small Waist 131cm, Hips (Butt) 142cm, Chest 127cm, Arm Mid 44cm, Thigh Mid 66cm, and weight 143Kg.

At the end of week 8, in April 2011: Waist 131cm (10cm lost), Small Waist 123cm (8cm lost), Hips (Butt) 130cm (12 cm lost), Chest 120cm (7cm lost), Arm Mid 39cm (5cm lost), Thigh Mid 62.5cm (3.5cm lost) , and weight 130Kg (13Kg lost).

I haven’t taken new photos this week, but I’ll try to support these measurements with a visual image in the next blog post. Not only have the body measurements greatly reduced, but I’m also noticing large reductions in the FAT percentage on my body overall. I’ll keep these statistics until the end of the challenge when they will be the most pronounced, but I expect them to be significant. I haven’t had my blood pressure checked during the challenge period – but again I’m expecting a healthy drop in readings there.

At the moment I remain on target to reach my 20Kg weight loss goal. That’s been my plan since day one (a stone a month weight loss goal), and I do think it’s achievable – if I keep going, day after day, and view each workout as a small step on the journey back to health. I’m not perfect, and I’ve had the odd small treats along the way: a Mongolian BBQ meal a few nights back with friends, a drinks and dancing night a few weeks back – but on the whole, I’ve been very well behaved and disciplined on this challenge. And for me personally, that’s been a key part of the whole experience.

Change is hard, and I keep reminding myself that the 12 Week Transformation Challenge is only the first step in my overall mission to get my weight down significantly. It’s about throwing out my old unhealthy lifestyle, and replacing it with a whole new way of living that’s healthy, that’s supportive, and that works with my body rather than against it. So far so good. I’m gradually forming healthy habits that I hope will enable me to not only lose this excess weight, but keep it off for the LONG term. Every time I feel like having a biscuit or chocolate or other unhealthy snack, I look at this 12 Week Transformation Challenge blog, and it reminds me of all of my hard work in the gym to date, and of where I started. I never want to return to the old me – so junk food will have to wait!

Thanks as usual for your support, comments, and donations. All are appreciated. Thanks also to Club Physical for making it all so easy, and for providing gym facilities where I truly feel I belong, and staff that live the brand promise. That kind of supportive environment is such an important element of weight loss that it makes me want to recommend the Club Physical chain to all Auckland residents seeking diet and lifestyle change. And on that basis, here’s a link to their website, so you can make your own enquiries. Club Physical New Zealand Website.

Have an awesome week, and I’ll update you all again next week on my progress with the 12 Week Transformation Challenge here in Auckland, New Zealand. And by the way, have a very Happy Easter!

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