Week 5 – Sun 2nd November

Well, I’m five weeks in now. Just to remind you all, I started the ketogenic diet at 15 stone, 10 pounds. My goal is 12 and a half stone, by mid-March 2015. This means a target weight-loss of 2lb per week.

Week Five’s target-weight therefore? 15 stone, 0 pounds. Waistline measurement only once a month, so not this week.

I step onto the scales…

14 stone, 13 pounds. Ahead of target and a 2lb reduction from last week! I’m now 11 pounds lighter than I was five weeks ago. I’ve crossed the ’15-stone barrier’ & am now comfortably back in the ’14 stone something’ territory.  If feels brilliant!

It’s been a strange week for ‘weight’. The scales really do vary; as does self-perception. The more weight one starts to lose, the more one looks at oneself and is critical of the remaining fat. I suppose that’s what spurs one on to carry on losing it.

I must admit that I’m starting to feel a little impatient now… Not that the diet is simply a weight-loss thing, to be dropped when the weight is gone; but I want results and I want them now!! It all makes me feel like a petulant child. I suppose I just want to fast-track all the anxiety of ‘have I lost anything…?, when can I go and buy new clothes…?‘ &tc. Well, I suppose I shouldn’t be such a spoilt brat! I’m ahead of target and shifting body-fat fast! So all in all I’m very pleased. I can be forgiven a little impatience, can I not…?

Nicholas James has also lost a stone, which is really good going. His blood-sugars are super-stable and he feels fighting fit and full of energy! Positives all round therefore.

And physically? How am I feeling aside from the weight?

Pretty good. I feel increasingly active and want to get moving. I still feel too heavy to jog; the bouncing up and down of michelin-man-style tyres would be a little depressing (and uncomfortable!). I expect I’ll need to get down to somewhere in the region of 14 stone before jogging is back on the cards.

I’m still thirsty a lot but I’ve got used to it now. Peppermint-tea throughout the day helps with the paranoia of acetone on the breath – a side-effect of ketosis. I think this might be on the wane, but I’m not going to take any chances! I’m hoping that, as ketogenic-adaptation kicks in (more on that in another post); this side-effect will disappear completely. Only time will tell.

All in all, it’s been a good week. I’m pleased with the results and so glad to be back in the ’14-bracket’. My next target is to dip below 14 stone, 10lb; which’ll mean I’ve lost a full stone. I doubt that will be next week, as it’s a further 3lbs but I’ll give it a go!

I’m well on the way to being a new slimmer, fitter me, and there’s no looking back. Please do ‘look in’ on me next week however, to see if I meet my targets. I find it really positive to have people read this – the support is a massive encouragement!

Thanks for reading, and have a great week,

Adam.

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