Blood, Sweat & Guts - Sandy's Story
Why I'm doing it, How I'm doing it, My Diet & Diet Sheets, My Training/Toning Regime, My inspiration
I'm Sandy, I used to be 9st4 pre-babies and physically fit (Army/gym/classes etc) I have 3 kids 19, 17 & 4. well you know the story...baby baggage +++
1998 - diagnosed with Hip Dysplacia --Shocked as so fit, out on exercise with Army when I injured my hip.
2000 - Had massive hip operation -cut pelvis in 2 and moved ball & socket to re-align joint, traction for 2wks (17wks non-weight bearing) then had to learn to walk again
Couldn't exercise anymore due to pain and trouble in walking - weight piled on etc etc
14st 1 lb 4 oz - my heaviest ever! Refused to buy bigger clothes. I had been to weight watchers on and off for yrs but knew that when Atkins first hit the headlines and I tried it - I knew it worked, so thought, ok back to it. I set a start date: 1st September 2012 and I read, read, read, and did lots of research and planning before I started, I printed off recipes, done my shopping and was well prepared for the 1st to arrive.
I did induction slightly differently.... instead of hardcore day 1 -GO! The first week, every carb I would normally eat - I halved it over first 2-3days and increased whatever protein I was having in a form of transition if you like. ie Bacon sarnie became 1 slice of bread cut in half with 4 rashers of bacon and so on, then quartered the carbs until I was only on protein and carbs were under 20g. That way I managed to miss out the headaches.
Then the diuresis starts (wee wee wee) as ketogenisis kicks in - water molecules stick to glucose molecules = bloating, ankles swelling as the day ends, tight waist bands etc. As the glucose depletes, away goes the excess water, down the loo. I had to weigh myself on day 4 and got such a shock, id lost 4lbs straight already - wow thats like two fab wks at weight watchers. By the end of the week I weighed 13st8.8, two wks later I weighed 13st5.
I went on an all inclusive holiday at the beginning of Oct - tried my best to stick to plan, but by day 2, I was really hungry as the protein wasn't really available to keep to plan, so came off but tried to stick to what I could for damage limitation. 13st13.8 when I got back :0( BUT I was 13st3.2 by the end of that week post-hol :0)
I started Zumba 4 weeks before xmas - loved it - hard, but I managed (12st12.0) so my hip held out. then the following wk added an extra Zumba class, wk before xmas I did 3 class.
Started Free Weight Training 7th Dec - Using dumb bells to target arms, chest, shoulders, back, legs/bum (squats/lunges) and bought a swiss ball. As the weight was coming off, my arms, bum and belly were starting to look saggy - CAN'T HAVE THAT, i said, hence doing something about it. Slowly increasing classes and weights as I felt able. Made my motivation shoot up when the cm's started coming off rapidly too.
Measurements at the start:
Chest 84cm Waist 87cm Hips 114cm Upper Thigh 66cm Lower Thigh 56cm Calf 44cm Arm 34cm Weight 14st1.4
Chest 75cm Waist 71cm Hips 101cm U Thigh 57cm L Thigh 50cm Calf 40cm Arm 32cm Weight 12st2.0
I have started a 12 week programme for woman to tone and create curvy muscles - I use dumbells, swiss ball and multi gym (Maximuscle £179 Argos) Its 35-40min Mon and Tue, Wed off, 35-40mins Thurs and Fri, wkend off, but I do Zumba 2-3 times a week now and Pump class if possible. I can feel the muscles under my skin now and my legs, waist and arms are toning up lovely - Im so pleased with what Ive achieved in such a short time.
But remember...... you have to want to do it!!! :whacky068::whacky068::whacky068::whacky068:
This is my look I am aiming for:-
and this is what I was doing this morning:-
I couldn't have done that a few wks back carrying all this extra weight:-
Attachment 73575 my motivation sock (full of rice that I exchange each week for weight loss)
Anyway... thats my journey so far xxxx