Pic: Week 11 vs Week 1 of My Walking Thing. Please pardon the unkempt hair and unmade face; I’ve been known to look even worse than these!
I have not updated anything since the last My Running Thing post back in mid-May. Three months passed and I regret to inform that I, once again, lapsed into a non-exercise mode despite signing up for a gym to give my busted knee a rest from running.
Just a quick run-through:
- I have gained all the weight that I lost so I am back at my original weight at the start of the year (grr). I look slimmer in the pic, but do not be fooled, 3 weeks of fasting does that to anyone as you tend to lose some water weight. The scale doesn’t lie. How I wish it does.
- I have lost some, but not all, muscle definition from weightlifting (if you squint you can still see my defined arm from the pic above). This is an important revelation for me because now I am convinced that weightlifting/creating muscles is the way to go for prolonged weight loss. Since this be the fasting month and I have not indulged in any exercise at all, I am thinking of reintroducing exercise into my daily routine by doing simple yoga and freeweights.
- My knee, unfortunately, is not healing. So running is completely out of the question (how I miss it) and walking is in, hence this will be known as My Walking Thing from now on.
It is exactly two weeks to my trip to Gold Coast Australia and I would love to shed some kilos before then.
So I am embarking on the Special K diet, mainly because I have done it before to great success when coupled with running, and because I have two large boxes of Special K cereal in the pantry. All I need is skim milk and I am good to go.
There was a point in 2010 when I was obsessed with oatmeal and multigrain cereal. I ate them all the time, day and night. I put them in pancakes, ice cream, frozen yogurt, soups; I ate them with milk, as snacks, whenever I was hungry. It wasn’t intentional, I just fell into the habit and the next thing I knew I didn’t have anything else in the house but oatmeal and cereals. It went on for 4-5 months! Such a crazy time that one day I asked a friend to take me out and feed me so that I could break my oatmeal/multi-grain regime.
It wasn’t a sustainable diet for me but it was a healthier option than my regular diet. And I must say I looked very good then. Of course major credit has to be given to all the running that I did too.
The next two weeks will be crucial. Wish me luck!