Body & Fitness

Week eighteen – April Ieremia’s weight loss diary

oh my God! A miracle has happened! The weeks of intense battling to move unwanted meat off my bones have lead to a whopping 3.2kg weight-loss.Before I stepped on the scales, Scotty was talking about the

oh my God! A miracle has happened!

The weeks of intense battling to move unwanted meat off my bones have lead to a whopping 3.2kg weight-loss.

Before I stepped on the scales, Scotty was talking about the possibility of a weight gain, because I hadn’t trained all week. After last week’s intense daily one-hour runs, my heel decided to take an unexpected holiday. This meant I was sidelined for the week.

So expectations were low when I got onto the scales. But then the dial settled at 84.3 kg. Scotty’s smile vanished and he walked off in disbelief.Forget about any words of encouragement, such as, ”Wow April, that’s brilliant, you’re so incredible, keep up the good work,” – I had made him speechless.

If I were to give a totally intuitive reason for this week’s result it would be payback.

Last week I trained incredibly hard, with every muscle in my body burning after each run and my heart rate hitting 190 beats. Running every day and bikraming for four nights meant my body had very little time to recover and rest between sessions. Lactic acid build-up, along with very tired and heavy muscles, meant I weighed in heavier than expected.

So this week, after plenty of rest and a very sensible eating routine, I received last week’s belated rewards too.

I can just imagine Scotty thinking I am a complete flake for rationalising it like this, but too bad. Now I am 84.3 kg, which means I am past the halfway mark on my “30 kg in 30 weeks” weight-loss journey. And it feels incredible.

Today I went through my measurements chart and was surprised to learn I have lost a total of 71cm off my body since I started in oay. So far, the greatest reductions have been in my waist and bust, where I’ve lost 13cm and 12cm respectively.

The weight losses I enjoyed early on were extremely motivating and made me feel my mission was realistic. But during the last few weeks, I have felt as though the brakes had been applied and my quest was just a pipe dream.

Hopefully this week’s result is another surge forward and not just a temporary flurry. I’ll find out for certain next week, when I weigh in again.

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