Health

Phase 3: Gluten Free, Sugar Free Seedy Bread!

Today I want to share with you the highlight of my eating week, and it’s good timing too since it’s phase 3 for all of us following the fast metabolism diet. Since starting FMD I haven’t really missed having bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love the taste of freshly baked white bread with melted butter, but it’s not really something that I crave. In New Zealand there isn’t a great variety of organic gluten free bread and of the small range there is, the price is high and it’s pretty much not worth it because it is not strictly FMD compliant anyway (plus the loaves are rock solid).

During Celiac awareness week a couple of months ago the New Zealand Herald (newspaper) published a pull out magazine with a bunch of gluten free recipes which my mum spied and promptly started experimenting with. One of our now favourite weekly recipes is “seedy bread”. So here is the original recipe for those of you who aren’t following FMD.

Bread

A few people I know have made this version with success. It seems to be a fool proof recipe. Only 1 person had an issue both times she made it, it came out sticky in the middle but it wasn’t under cooked. In the end we blamed her oven.
If you are on fast metabolism diet then here is the compliant sugar free recipe for this delicious phase 3 bread:
Ingredients:

1 cup of sunflower seeds
½ cup of linseeds
2 Tbs black chia seeds
½ cup of slivered almonds (we use pumpkin seeds instead)
1 ¾ cup quinoa flakes
1/3 cup of psyllium husk
½ tsp salt flakes
1 ½ cups of water
¼ cup melted coconut oil
2 Tbs Birch xylitol (granulated form)
Note: Currently the organics shops we go to have been having supply issues with quinoa flakes so we came up with a variation that ended up being even better! Replace quinoa flakes with 1 cup of rice flakes and ¾ cup of uncooked whole quinoa (whatever colour it doesn’t matter)and up the water to 2 cups as the rice flakes are more absorbent.
Method:
1. Mix all dry ingredients together ensuring that they really are mixed well
2. Add water
3. Mix toughly
4. Press into a loaf tin lined with baking paper

 Making
5. Leave in the fridge overnight
6. Pop it in the oven on 150 degree Celsius for 30 -50 minutes (or until cooked)
7. Let the loaf stand until cool before cutting.

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We cut our loaf into about 14 pieces and freeze them in snap lock backs (2 pieces per bag). I love having this with chicken bacon and eggs for phase 3 breakfasts.

Phase 3 Breakfast

Or even 1 piece as a snack with some almond butter, mmm. This bread is at its best when toasted. I find I have to put it down twice as it takes a while to toast up and then it comes out sizzling and crakling!

Bread States
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do, not a single person I have offered it to didn’t like it!

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3 Cycle Results Comparison (July 19 2014)

So its been nearly 3 weeks since my last check in. Mainly I have been lazy/ busy and didn’t do my measurements or photos. Also my body seems to be approaching its natural comfort zone at what is probably my ideal weight. It has now been 11 weeks since starting the fast metabolism diet and 10 weeks have been strictly compliant (i had a week off back in May). I am pretty happy with my results so far and am happy even though things have really slowed down. As long as it stays off I don’t care. Its still winter where I live so I’m in no hurry, this summer is going to be awesome.

This week I have felt sick (like I want to throw up) for most of the week. Don’t know why yet I’m hoping it will stop soon but not surprisingly I have been eating less, forcing myself to eat actually and still complying with FMD. I hit my lowest ever weight on Saturday (my new weigh day) at 64.8 kg. I haven’t been this light since I was maybe 13 years old!

Note: Day zero weight and measurements can be found here. If you want to see what I do for exercise check out this weeks lifting diaries here.

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Front Update: I am really loving my new flat stomach! If only the last of my hip fat would go away :(. I recently noticed my hip bones starting to emerge so its looking promising. I am working on definition but am generally happy with progress.

 

19.7.14 Side

Side Update: I can really see the definition in my tummy now! So stoked!

 

19.7.14 Back

 

Back Update: Not a lot to see here. Some definition in my upper back but apart from that hip fat loves the back side of my body. This is the last area that I am looking to improve before entering maintenance.

 

19.7.14 Legs

Leg Update: With all the heavy squatting I have been doing lately I am seeing some slow results in leg definition, particularly upper inner thigh. This is an area that needs improvement and is one that probably plagues many women. I can’t wait to wear hot pants in summer and not have to worry about cellulite! Still have a few months to go before I can justify wearing them though. Its a bit cold at the moment where I live…

Progress this Week

Weight: 64.8 kg (Previously 66.3 = -1.5 kg)

Left Leg: 57 cm (Previously 57.5 = -0.5 cm)

Right Leg: 58 cm (Previously 58 = same)

Hips: 87 cm (Previously 86.0 = +1 cm)

Waist: 67.5 cm (Previously 66 = +1.5 cm)

 

Diet Predjudice

I wanted to write this piece because lately I have been having a few experiences with people being slightly “unpleasant” towards the fact that I am on a diet. Luckily I am the kind of person who doesn’t put a lot of weight in the words of others. I am a lone wolf and generally do as I please regardless of what other people will think of me. At best it pisses me off that people want to lecture me or preach to me about something a. they know nothing about or b. has nothing to do with them anyway. But I can imagine how it would be different for someone who is overweight with low self esteem and no support system. That is one of the main reasons for starting this blog. It is an escape where I can meet anonymous strangers who are having a similar experience to me where we can share experiences and successes away from the judgmental outsiders who don’t understand what we are doing.

I always hate telling people I am on a diet for a number of reasons, including judgment. I always thought of it as admitting defeat because I couldn’t control myself with food, got fat and now must punish myself by deprivation. But I guess when you think about it its not really a secret if you are overweight because everyone can see that anyway. It is hard to hide dieting because food is a social staple in most cultures. You go out for dinner to celebrate achievements. In construction we have BBQ’s a lot for achieving key project dates or safety milestones. People bring baking into the office and it’s almost offensive not to have any. I believe that when you commit to something like a diet, you should have very clear goals in mind because these are the things that are going to keep you on track when the going gets tough. When people start being difficult I always have these same goals up my sleeve to explain to them and reinforce to myself what I am doing and why I am doing it.

I currently am no longer over weight, in fact I look moderately fit with clothes on. However my motivation for weight loss or “The Pursuit of the Perfect Body” as I have put it, is I want to be my best. I have come from a childhood of athleticism and always had a good figure. There is no reason I shouldn’t still have that now, I am after all the only one who is responsible for the way I look. I’m not happy with it so I’m doing something about it (finally!). But Unfortunately some people refuse to accept this as an answer.

It’s easy for others to say “It’s just 1 piece of cake” and really you should be allowed to have a piece of cake whenever you want it. But then I think of my goals and remind myself; I am focused on sticking at this plan and giving it a good honest go. If I don’t lose weight one week I don’t want to think “oh well it was that 1 piece of cake I ate last Tuesday” because that then villainizes food. Food is not bad, you are bad at controlling yourself around food. The diet I’m on has really taught me a lot about control and how to eat to the get the things that you want, even how to eat so you can eat junk for a meal! But that is a conversation to be had in maintenance. I have not finished losing weight so right now I say no to cake! Another benefit I have felt on this healthier lifestyle, which I use to keep me on track, is the way I feel. I guess you get used to feeling crappy and don’t notice it because it is so constant. I would never notice sugar crashes or tiredness because it was so frequent with the way I used to eat. When I had a week off between cycle 1 and 2 of FMD and boy did I notice the difference when we had buffet meals. I had big naps in the afternoons on both days we ate out and my mood, extremely irritable.

So when someone asked me why I would want to continue such a deprived lifestyle? My reply was simple, you can’t describe a color to a man who has been blind his whole life. In the same manner, I can’t explain how this diet makes me feel so good and removes any previous need to have sugar or binge on chocolate. It just feels right and I enjoy it. The “deprivation” doesn’t really bother me at this stage because I am focused on a goal. When you are saving for a new car you don’t go on an expensive lavish holiday. When I get the new car (my ideal body) I will continue the principles of healthy eating but won’t be afraid to indulge in something “bad” every once in a while.

I also know people who use “I’m on a diet” as a complement fish. They want people to tell them they don’t need to be on a diet because they look great. There is nothing worse than someone who is skinny complaining about how fat they are. I feel like screaming “if you’re fat then what am I!” These are usually the same people who tell you everything you eat is not right and secretly have their chocolate bars and then deny having had them only to be outted by the wrappers in their bin! (true story). These people can be really hard to deal with as they just make you feel like crap.

Mostly the “haters” have been people from the internet who are on a different method of weight loss. But I have had a couple of people from my real life who not so much hate on the diet, more they just don’t understand why I am doing or agree with the method of the diet. Calorie counters are the worst. I know, I used to be one. They are so wrapped up in the idea that they can eat whatever they want and still lose weight. Even if that means eating a 500 calorie burger at lunch and starving for the rest of the day. How crazy is that. If this diet has taught me one thing it is that you must always keep eating to keep your metabolism burning. As long as there is good quality food coming in you are going to be satisfied and your body will not start reverting to storing fat. If you have an indiscretion (ate a piece of cake) you must keep eating to keep the fire burning. Try and explain that to a calorie counter and you get told that you are an idiot, meal timing doesn’t matter and as long as you are in calorie deficit you will lose weight. Maybe true but I think I would rather lose fat, look better and weigh the same than have the number on the scale go down and be “skinny fat”. It’s a losing battle you just can’t speak sense to these people, they have too much passion for what they are doing which leads me to my next theory…

I have always related the diet and fitness industry mentality to religion. A bunch of people who have discovered something, a way of life, that works for them. These people see results and wholeheartedly believe that this is the way to do something. The elation you feel when you get on a program and start seeing results can be a high like no other. Endorphins are powerful natural drugs. Weather it is Paleo, Fast Metabolism Diet, Atkins or Cross fit these people are immersed in this world, this activity that gives them results and makes them feel amazing. Such passion isn’t a bad thing, any healthy lifestyle change is to be commended and sure it may be all someone wants to talk about, I guess you just need to put on your social gauge and limit the amount of time you yabber on to someone about something they may not be so interested in. This is fine and I am actually guilty of doing this. If you have read any other post on this blog its not difficult to see that I love this diet and am a huge advocate. Again another reason I started this blog as an outlet for that passion so I don’t have to bore my family, friends and work colleagues to death by talking about it.

This is all good and well but there is a line in the sand. I hate preachers. People who like the above believe in something so passionately that they think everyone should have to live like this. They are the people who corner you every time you are eating and critique what you put in your mouth. The people who tell you that your workout plan is all wrong. My favorite are the people who ignore all reason and blatantly promote their way against any logical argument. I have been on forums where I written long winded factual posts only to be answered with “LOL no you’re stupid”. I don’t mind criticism as long as it is constructive. “Lol no your stupid because…” I felt like replying but the best way to deal with these people is to ignore them. They are trolls trying to do one of two things, a. provoke you to continue an illogical argument or b. they are actually naive enough to wholeheartedly believe in something that is flawed and has holes they can’t explain so they deal with that by putting others down. As long as you know what you are doing and why you are doing it then you should be fine.There was a quote I saw on Facebook which I feel sums ups the best way to deal with haters. No idea if Robert Downey Jr ever said this but I like it:

RDJ Quote

Just say “oh well I am going to give this a go and see how it goes”. You need to be selfish and focus on what you need. You shouldn’t let other people and their opinions get you down. The only way that you will learn in life is trial and error. You can learn from others mistakes but when it comes to dieting what works for one individual may not work for another as our bodies are different, our genetics are different and our environments weather it be climate, work or family situations are all different and all of these things will contribute to your weightloss journey.

There is no one right way to lose weight but there are probably thousands of different methods. As humans we are constantly developing new technology and scientific breakthroughs which sculpt and change our opinions of the world. As we age our priority and values change. I am not perfect and something I have realised since starting FMD is that keeping an open mind is important. My goal in life is to never stop learning and the only way to do that is keep an open mind.  So if someone you know (or don’t know for that matter) is of a different opinion that doesn’t mean you should have to convert them to your way. I think we should all support each other in our weight loss journeys because there is already enough hate in the world as it is.

I hope this helps at least 1 person. Dieting can be so alienating and can be a very lonely experience. Stay strong, keep a positive attitude and remember why you started. You can achieve anything you want in life. The only thing stop you is you!

My Review of the Fast Metabolism Diet

I wanted to write this review without reciting the book to help anyone who is considering this diet. The diet definitely appears extreme on the surface but I wanted to share my account of it and how it really has surprised me and changed, well, my life! If you are curious to see my results check them out here. This review is purely about the expereience.

The Fast Metabolism Diet – What it’s all about

The purpose of the Fast Metabolism Diet (FMD) is to heal your metabolism in 28 days and subsequently you are going to lose a little weight. Unfortunately it appears very gimmicky as they advertise it as “lose 10 pounds in 28 days by eating more!” Let’s face it, if someone told you that you could lose 10 pounds in 28 days you would be asking where to sign. But just put aside the advertising hype for a second and understand what it is that you are signing up for. What this diet entails is eating in a strict and particular way which will satisfy the nutrient and energy requirements of your body and calm the hormones encouraging the body to stop storing fat and start burning it instead, hence the weight loss part of it. But weight loss is not the only side effect of this diet although that is how it is sold to you. There are also countless benefits to your health as well. There is no starving, no hunger pangs and no calorie counting if you are doing it correctly which can be kind of scary if you have come from serial calorie counting or low carb diet background. There are carbs galore on this diet! Although it is a 28 day diet depending on how badly damaged your metabolism is or how much weight you want to lose it may take a couple of cycles to reach your goal so don’t be disheartened if you complete the 28 days and haven’t lost all the weight you intended, you should hopefully recognize the benefits not only in the way you feel but your appearance too. Remember the scale isn’t the be all end all of fat loss measurement.

The diet is set out in 3 phases which complete a “round” if you like, in 7 days. Therefore there are 4 “rounds” in 28 days. Each phase has a specific function which is explained in the book and there is a set grocery list and set portion sizes for each phase which vary depending on the amount of weight you want to lose. These are important so follow them. I printed all 3 grocery lists, the portion control table and the phase specific meal plan (fruit, grain, protein, and vegetable on what day for what meal) and stuck them to my fridge so there were no excuses.

The diet a nutshell

Phase 1 focuses on fruits and grains and is personally my favourite phase. You can eat most fruits and the grains really keep you full. This phase is on Monday and Tuesday and you are encouraged to do a cardio workout on 1 at least, or both of these days. Phase 2 is protein and vegetable only phase, however there are certain vegetables that comply so things like carrots and tomatoes are out because of their high GI values. It is extremely limited and this is the hardest phase for most people. You have 3 main meals of protein and vegetables and 2 snacks of just protein, although vegetables are unlimited if you get hungry. In this phase you are supposed to do resistance training i.e. lifting weights for at least one or both of the days. Phase 3 is a popular favourite amongst most people as it allows healthy fats such as nuts, oils and hummus, with moderate grain and protein and very restricted fruits (just certain berries and peaches which aren’t in season for me at the moment :().

The Rules

There are also rules; no dairy, no caffeine, no corn, no wheat, no preservatives, no sugar, no soy, no alcohol, no dried fruit, no juices, no artificial sweeteners, no non grocery list foods to be added, drink half your body weight in pounds in ounces of water, minimum exercise 3 times a week as per phases. No skipping meals, follow the phases in order and eat every 3 hours. So this sounds like no fun right? Pretty much every food you enjoy is off the menu. I know that definitely in New Zealand dairy is a staple of our diets and sugar is in almost everything that has a wrapper, as I found out.

It sounds extreme. So how are you supposed to cope with this?

Yes when I first read the rules I was like there is no way that I can give up sugar let alone all that other stuff. I am pretty lucky as I am a very fussy eater. I don’t drink coffee, tea, fizzy drink or alcohol or have any kind of craving for beverages like fruit juice. I have always drunken large amounts of water so this was very easy for me. The only aspect of the dairy replacement that I had to adjust to was not having cow’s milk on porridge, but I actually love the alternative (fruity oats soaked overnight in the fridge) so that is another plus. It was the wheat corn and sugar that were the most challenging for me. Previously I had been a huge sugar consumer. We are talking blocks of chocolate in one sitting, bags of lollies and whole packets of cookies nom nom nom. I didn’t have that sick feeling that people get when they eat too much sugar, I could just keep going and I definitely craved it. So I was very nervous about how I would go. Boy was I amazed that pretty much everything in a package in the supermarket has 1 of those 3 ingredients in it. Sugar in ready roasted chicken, sugar in tomato pasta sauces, dextrose (corn derived) in meat such as corned beef and chicken bacon, wheat is in everything as well. So it’s safe to say that the easiest way to comply with this diet is to make everything from whole natural foods. Don’t buy sauces or processed/flavoured meat. As for how I went on the no sugar side of things. I actually was full enough and my hormones were probably balanced so I didn’t actually crave or even feel tempted to have a piece of cake or chocolate. In fact I planned to eat out at a buffet at the end of the 28 days and was dreading it because I didn’t want to ruin my streak. I also found that my pallet changed after the 1st two weeks as well. Fruit suddenly tasted so much sweeter, and everything else was way tastier for some reason. I guess sugar dulls your taste buds?

Tips to get through:

  • Read the book: there is so much information in the book. It explains why you are doing each and every little thing. It explains why you can’t have certain foods at certain times. It explains why you probably feel really crappy in the 1st two weeks especially on phase 2. There are so many helpful hints and I would actually recommend re-reading it. My mum has read it 3 times now and every time she tells me something we over looked the 1st time. If you don’t want to pay the money then get it out from the library, that’s what I did. Haylie is releasing a new version soon I believe so when that comes out I’m going to buy it for sure.
  • Plan EVERYTHING: I would definitely say that you cannot do this diet successfully if you don’t plan. There is way too much to think about, you are constantly eating and if you are a busty person who works all day and pretty much just comes home to sleep then pre-preparing meals is what you will be doing. It’s extremely hard to find places to eat out or “healthy” fast food chains that comply with this diet. Plus, when you plan it saves you running back and forth from the supermarket every other day because you forgot something or ran out of phase specific veggies or fruit.
  • Get ready to cook A LOT: as stated above you will be cooking all your meals from scratch. Fortunately my mum is home all day so she takes care of the cooking 70% of the time and I just buy the food. Alternatively you can…
  • Cook once, eat twice: Because there are only 2 days (or 3 for phase 3) I like to cook a double meal and have it for lunch 1 day and dinner the next. Or just have the same dinner two days in a row. When you realize how much cooking is involved then you learn to appreciate leftovers. Another great tip is to cook big meals, split them into portions and then freeze them for those times when you just cannot be bothered cooking. After a while you build up an inventory of meals and trust me they are life diet savers!
  • Keep it simple to start with: I went crazy and got hold of the cook book and made all sorts of disgusting healthy smoothies and buckwheat pancakes which were just yuck. For the 1st two weeks just make simple food that you are used to. Roast meat, boiled veggies, rice, porridge, omelettes. These were and still are all staples for me.
  • Learn the jargon: when you first step into the world of organic whole foods you will encounter 101 ingredients that could be grown on an alien planet for all you know. You need to do the research. Just Google every ingredient on the food label or in the recipe. Just because something is organic or gluten free it doesn’t mean that it is FMD compliant. Usually there are corn products in gluten free stuff. There are also ingredient substitutes for your favourite recipes. The big ones for me are; Birch Xylitol which I use like sugar, it is FMD compliant and it doesn’t have the blood sugar response that sugar has although it still has calories, Cacao powder which tastes the same as cocoa powder just way more expensive, brown rice pasta which to me tastes no different to the real deal and sprouted grain bread which may be hard to come by but if you are used to eating seedy brown bread the difference is minimal. My mum actually made this beetroot chocolate cake on the weekend and it was delicious. So there are compliant desserts that don’t taste like crap I promise you, you just need to work your way up to them and learn the substitutes.

When you get past the 1st couple of weeks and get in a routine this stuff becomes second nature and is actually really easy. I was the biggest chocoholic before and never in my wildest dreams would I think that I would want to continue this lifestyle by choice. But I honestly feel better for it. I am more aware of my body, the way it feels when I eat certain foods and the general feeling of being healthy is like high of its own. It really is easy once you have taught yourself the basics. It definitely helps having someone else in your household that is doing this too, although it is not impossible to do it on your own especially when you are the one cooking for the family.

I would like to end this post with the some food for thought. Even though I had more rapid weight loss on low calorie high protein diets there was something different about this for me. I definitely feel like it was fat that I was losing as opposed to other times where I was just getting lighter. I have come to realise something with the number on the scale yo-yoing up and down for the last year and a half. Be wary of rapid weight loss. When it comes off fast it tends to go back on even easier. Even though on FMD I lost 3.2kg in 28 days which is only 7 out of the advertised 10 pounds (not a bad effort), it felt different for some reason. It didn’t feel like I was punishing my body. I instead have this elated feeling of happiness and wellbeing. There is a famous quote which I feel applies to my experience on this diet (not sure who said it) “Once you start to see the results it becomes an addiction”. I challenge you to take charge of your health and give this a go even just to experience the high you get from having a clean system. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take and you never know this could very nearly be the last diet you ever go on.

My Story So Far

I am your average woman. Average height, average build, I have hips, I have boobs and I love eating chocolate. I grew up a competitive swimmer training many hours a week from age 10 to 17. Naturally I had a really awesome body, I could eat whatever I wanted, I had good self esteem and because I grew up this way I didn’t know any better. Some might argue this is a good thing and in many ways it was, it taught me life skills, I never cared what people thought, I never got bullied and I always did everything to the best of my ability. But let me tell you the one down side which has been plaguing me all my adult life.

Having done high amounts of cardiovascular training for most of my memorable life I never appreciated how hard the training I was doing was, how many calories I burned every day, it was all just second nature to me, I knew no different. I never understood the value of nutrition and portion control because I ate what I pleased when I pleased and I was doing such high volumes of exercise everything worked out fine. That is until I stopped.

When I stopped swimming I found I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands. My personal trainer suggested I try out the sport of power lifting, as I was already training the exercises as a supplement to swimming and was quiet strong. I figured why not? I trained 5 days a week all weights no cardio. I put on a few of kilos but it wasn’t noticeable and was probably extra muscle mass anyway. I did a couple of competitions which I won, this fulfilled my now ingrained need to compete, to compare myself to others. This was definitely something I missed after leaving the swimming world. I qualified for nationals and was training as hard as I possibly could. I loved it. Slowly my back started to hurt. At first I wrote it off as muscle pain and ignored it. It got worse. With nationals a month away I didn’t want this to be an issue so I continued training (like an idiot) on pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs. And it still got worse, to the point where I couldn’t bend forward at all. Up until this point I had kept it a secret, my coach recommended that I see a physio. And boy was my physio pissed. “You are 18 and you have a prolapsed disk in your back, do you understand that this could have major consequences, you might need surgery, this could effect you for the rest of your life. I don’t expect to see this in someone your age” is roughly what he had to say. He told me to stop but I didn’t listen, physios, what d they know. I wanted nationals so bad, I wanted glory and validation and the trophy that comes with it. I didn’t make it to nationals. The line in the sand was drawn one day after training. I was lying in bed crying in the worst pain of my life. If I moved even a millimeter I would experience shooting pains all over my back. To make matters worse I had a cold so every cough every sneeze sent me into fits of pain followed by more crying and more pain. I knew I couldn’t go on. I had to stop, stop doing what I loved and that was a hard thing to come to terms with. All this happened in 8 months. I was now in a position where I could only do cardio at the gym, I was banned from weights as I couldn’t be trusted to behave myself. I hated cardio so I just didn’t go to the gym at all.

In this time I blew out. I put on around 10 kilos in 2 years and that veil of high self esteem constantly pulling the wool over my eyes, I never noticed the fact that I was getting fat. Until one day somebody said something and I suddenly realized, I had no clothes that fitted me, I hated looking in the mirror, there were hardly any resent photos of me, and of the ones that I had I looked gross. It sounds silly but I literally didn’t realize what had happened. I was never one to weigh myself morning and night, or at all really as I was always heavier than the average girl my age, even though I was trim, which I attributed to my above average muscle mass.

I struggled for a about a year after this realization trying to lose weight, at first on my own by eating what I thought was healthy. But because I didn’t understand portion control I failed miserably. I then brought my 1st diet program. It was supposed to be a life plan. Very focused on cutting out the carbs,  limiting fat and eating huge amounts of protein. It worked I lost weight. I got down to an average size but it didn’t last. It wasn’t sustainable. So I put all that weight back on again. And then some. I was miserable. I hated myself, my body, my clothes. I didn’t want to see people I knew because I knew what they would say behind my back “oh wow have you seen her, shes really stacked it on, shes HUGE”. Maybe some of this was in my head but for the most part it was true. At my heaviest i weighed 82 kg (180 lbs) which isn’t super overweight, but for a girl who grew up looking hot, with high self esteem and not a care in the world I really saw how far I had fallen. And I was disgusted with myself.

Finally in late 2012 I got my act together and started educating myself. I used a website called Myfitnesspal.com to help me count calories and record exercise. I cleaned up my diet and started working out and I have had fantastic success. At my best I lost 15 kg’s mostly in the 1st 6 months and have been maintain this ever since however I am still not happy. I don’t want to be average, I want to look AMAZING! So I have decided to use this blog to keep me accountable. Yesterday I turned 22 and I want this year to be the most successful yet.

My qualifications are experience. Admittedly this doesn’t instill a lot of confidence however results are results. I may not work within the diet, nutrition or exercise industries but I have achieved great results in weight loss and have been exercising for nearly 10 years for the purpose of competitive sport, causal gym attendance and weight loss training.

I don’t know it all but hope to help the people that read my blog and also learn from them. I would love to hear from you.

The Body Conscious Blogger (BCB)