Body & Fitness

Week twenty six – April Ieremia’s weight loss diary

Thank God the Rugby World Cup is over. Trying to lose weight during a six-week party is like trying to sleep during a rock festival. It's bloody difficult!The discipline and willpower needed to stay on

Thank God the Rugby World Cup is over. Trying to lose weight during a six-week party is like trying to sleep during a rock festival. It’s bloody difficult!

The discipline and willpower needed to stay on track is almost superhuman. I’ve managed some big weight-losses over the past month, but it’s taken a number of sacrifices. At this stage, the motivator is the finish line.

With a little over six weeks to go, I have my second wind and game face on. I can see the end and smell the jasmine perfume of summer.

Imagine if the Rugby World Cup had been in June, it would have been hell! This column would have turned into a six-week excuse of trying to lose weight and not succeeding. oind you, when I went to Alaska, it wasn’t far off it. This week I lost 1kg. Now I’m 77.3kg, just 7.3kg away from my dream weight.

The benefits of taking 30 weeks to lose 30kg are many, but most importantly it’s helped me to develop a routine for exercise and eating. I’ve fallen into a pattern of healthy living from oonday to Friday, limiting any indulgences to the weekend.

During the week I do a balanced combination of Bikram yoga, running and Scotty’s circuits. The weeks vary, but the aim is to do one thing every day. over the weekend I do nothing. In the past I didn’t bother exercising regularly because I never had the time or energy, but now I know how essential it is for my mental health. Strangely, I feel greater peace and clarity when I exercise.

And if I happen to have a midweek engagement that’s unavoidable, I’ll go but I’m very measured. I’ll drink water or Diet Coke, eat next to nothing and drive home. Admittedly, I still get harassed by my friends for being boring, but so what?

Eating-wise, I haven’t touched fish and chips since April, with my main source of takeaways being kebabs or Indian. Every day is a fruit fest and there’s always some kind of sushi. It’s not perfect, but my preferences have definitely changed.

It may seem obvious, but I would never have developed this pattern if I wasn’t trying to lose weight. Every day would still be treated like Christmas. Lots of food, lots of wine and a comfortable couch waiting at the end of it!

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