Laura's Atkins Diary 2013
So, after about two years since I last logged in to the MiniMins website, I've finally come to a point in my life where I need to do something about the extra weight I'm carrying. It has been holding me back far more than I'd like to admit, and the longer I leave it, the worst it will inevitably get.
I'm not entirely sure how much weight I have to lose - I haven't weighed myself for a very long time - though, at the moment, I'm far more focused on losing inches rather than making sure the number on the scale starts to go down! I'm hoping to achieve this through a combination of Atkins, weight training and cardio. I should, within the next week or so, have a 50kg barbell & dumbbell set to use, and I've a selection of cardio DVDs at my disposal, though I'm going to ease in to the cardio slowly.
Whether anyone will read and/or respond to this diary remains to be seen, but what better way to be held accountable for my progress than to have an open and public diary, available to thousands?
Anyway... On to the actual diary itself!
Monday 2nd September 2013
Breakfast - I didn't actually eat anything for breakfast because I hadn't gone shopping for groceries. But, starting from tomorrow, breakfast is non-negotiable.
Lunch - A large salad of iceberg lettuce, rocket, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, crumbled goat cheese and a basil pesto dressing made from about a tablespoon of olive oil and half a tablespoon of basil pesto.
Dinner - Another large salad of iceberg lettuce, rocket, cherry tomatoes, red onion, grilled chicken, a couple of slices of lean baked ham, crumbled goat cheese and basil pesto dressing.
I also snacked on three small, skinless, baked chicken thighs between lunch & dinner. I'm going to try to avoid snacking in future, though.
Exercise-wise, I did bicep curls, overhead presses and lateral raises - 2 sets of 16 reps for each exercise - using light hand weights. I'm not going to jump into exercising full force, though I know it's imperative for long-term weight loss. But at my current weight, most exercises are uncomfortable, so I don't want to push myself and get injured. Or worse, push myself, fail and then give up.