Hi there and welcome back to my blog. How are you? I hope that you are well. Today I’m going to talk about an update about my weight loss. This time two years ago, I weighed in at 114KG, after my “holiday” in the hospital. This time last year, I weighed in at 79KG. Today, I weighed 69KG. Here’s the obligatory before and after pictures.
So how did I do it? Here’s how.
- Coconut oil
- Pineapple and apple juice
- Stir fries
- Vegan Protein
- Lift weights
- Ab swing
Coconut oil is used to help the thyroid. The thyroid is the part of the body that controls the metabolic system. I like to melt it, add in some fruit sugar, some cacao powder and dry roasted nuts. Mix all of them up and stick it in the fridge, for about an hour and then chop up all of the pieces and eat as a snack.
With most of my meals, `i like to add homemade guacamole to everything. Avocados help with hypothyroidism.
Pineapple and apple juice
This is something that I’ve started doing since April 2018. At lunchtime and dinner, I like to drink pineapple juice mixed with apple juice, sparkling water and have the whole thing infused with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. It’s kinda healthy homemade Fanta, it doesn’t have to be fresh juice either.
Recently, for my dinner, I’ve been having stir fries. Served with homemade chickpea tofu and these Eat Water – Slim Noodles 270g (Pack of 10) that you can get through Amazon. It fills you up quite well and it gives you enough energy to go throughout the rest of your day.
I eat a lot of dhal (lentils). I became a vegetarian back in 2011 when I finished reading “Eat, Prey, Love” just after Christmas 2010. I became a vegan back in August last year when I worked out that all milk products made me go to the bathroom. I don’t eat tofu or soy because of my allergies.
So all I eat are fruit, vegetables, stir fry, lentils with either rice or millet chapati or a falafel wrap. Unless I decide to have a cheat meal and then I go for chips and a scallop at my local chip shop.
It’s a well known fact that muscle burns fat. That’s why in January last year, when the Physio at the Myton Hospice, I started to lift weights. I started off lifting 5KG, 5 times in two different ways. Now I;m lifting 7,5KG, 12 times in four different ways.
I think that everyone would like to get a six pack abs. As I’ve I said on Facebook, one of my new year’s resolutions, is to get a six pack. So back in January, about the same time that I started to lift weights, I got the ab swing out. Originally I was doing both the ab swing and lifting weights everyday, but back in March, I decided to alternate between the two.
As I mentioned before, I was doing the P90X after freshers at university. That’s when I started to lift weights and started doing ab exercises. I didn’t use the ab swing back then, I did a bunch of stuff on the floor.
As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post, I like to do 10,000 steps in a day, This number is stable and not moving. This is because it’s quite high for someone in my condition. Although I do always doing more, in fact, last year when myself, my mum, my sister and my uncle, went to Weston Super Mare as part of the MacMillans Joined in Cancer group, I did over 20,000 steps that day.
10,000 steps, is about 700 active calories, (calculated by my Apple Watch), which once again is quite high for someone in my condition and the fact that my calorie input is only 1700 on a bad day and I still suffer from fatigue. That’s why I either like to take a nap after my walk or take a homemade energy ball before.
I recently set a couple of goals as part of my new year’s resolution. They are to get a six pack, to get the all clear from the hospital to go back to work, to stay till the end of a Earls of Uke rehearsal and to start training for a 5K. Only time will tell if I could accomplish all of this. I will keep you updated.
So, that’s it. Once again, I just want to thank a few people. Firstly, I would like to thank my mum, dad, sister and my Naughty Mamaji, for being by my side, throughout everything. I would like to thank Louise from BTS for sharing this with the community. I would like to thank Kanika, Shirley and everyone at Carers Trust for giving me the confidence to sharing my story and I would like to thank Joe for motivating me to getting back on the horse. And I would like to thank everyone at the hospital, my family and friends and everyone who I’ve met on this journey.
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The next time I will talk to you, I will talk about hypothyroidism and how I managed the effects of it.
Thanks and I hope to see you soon.