I’ve been doing all sorts of diets for years. And, they’ve pretty much been a failure every time. But this summer I lost 10 kgs. Here are the 3 things I did to get there:
- Goals & Public Accountability
Back on 18th June I weighed in at 85.2 kgs. And, I set myself a ten-week challenge to lose 6.2 kgs and hit my target weight of 79kgs by 31st August. Unable to rely on my personal motivation alone, I decided to publicly track my progress on social media to keep myself accountable. You might like to keep things private, but I found the public accountability kept me on the straight and narrow somehow.
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I've lost 10 kgs in 10 weeks! #10weekchallenge #intermittentfasting #result —– Back on 18 June I weighed in at 85.2 kgs and I set my 10 wk challenge to get down to 79 kgs. I actually thought that would be a stretch. But I’ve just weighed in at 75.4 kgs after following an Intermittent Fasting regime combined with a daily intake of 125 g fat, 85 g protein and 30 g carbs. #weightloss #training #fitness #gym #SpinalCordInjury #sport
- Scheduling Training
During the summer I experimented with training in the afternoons to dedicate my mornings to writing my book. It was a disaster! I found that the chances of training as the day drifted by were less and less as the work piled in. But when I schedule my training in for the early mornings and add it to my calendar along with the rest of my commitments, I treat my training with the same respect I would a call or meeting.
- Diet and Intermittent Fasting
Throughout my days of running, cross-country skiing, cycling and kayaking thousands of miles across deserts, up mountains and to the Poles I struggled with my weight. And, it’s been no different since I became paralysed. But this summer I discovered intermittent fasting. Alongside my Banting (high-fat, low-carb) diet I began eating during a 6 hour eating window and fasting for 18 hours. Although it means missing out on bread, pasta and pastries, the joy of a fatty steak with buttery broccoli and spinach while still burning fat more than makes up for it!
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