First, set some movement goals every day. Ten thousand steps is a good start. Your smart phone will track this for you with no other expensive device required. Your next step is 25-45 minutes of activity that makes you sweat, 3-5 times a week. The step after that – which is ALL that is required for cardiovascular health, is to WALK for 30-60 minutes, 5-7 times a week, BRISKLY enough to NOT be able to hold an easy conversation. Boom!
You are the Youngest you’ll ever be and You have the Most Time you’ll ever have. Invest that Time wisely. Be Grateful. See your Friends and Family (including your Fur Family 😎 ) who make You Feel great! Live your life actively and intentionally. We live in a fantastic time and all things are possible, make the most of it.
Along the way I made some connections, raised a little money for charity, drank lots of coffee, worked hard, and had fun.
What have I learned?
1. Exercise for mental health and to do things (walk up a hill, explore a new place, move furniture). Your basal metabolic rate goes down as you age and you tend to eat the same amount (or more) and your exercise is generally less vigorous.
2. Weight loss comes from your diet. Don’t kid yourselves. See 1. above. I’ve run faster before but with far more training. My time in this years City to Bay was based on weight loss not kilometres of training.
3. Sugar is addictive and unequivocally bad for you. Sugar crashes hurt. I have nothing good to say about sugar.
4. Routine works. During the time I was watching my diet and trying to train, life tried to get in the way. If you don’t make time to train it won’t happen. No excuses.
5. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I had a ball working all of these things out, but my main passion in life is Partridge Street General Practice. If you’re thinking of seeing us as a patient or aspire to working here and being part of an awesome team, say hi right here!
As you all know, I’ll be running in this years City to Bay as one of my goals in my LCHF journey. I was recently privileged to be at GP Supervisor training organised by GPEx and, in addition to some great education and training, it was a great opportunity to catch up with some of my fellow GPs in Glenelg. Dr Lane Hinchcliffe owns The Health Hub and Dr Jennie Wright is the driving force behind Bayside Family Medical and Musculoskeletal Practice, both at Glenelg. Dr Jennie has been supporting the Zaidi Ya Dreams orphanage in Kenya for many years and is currently raising money to continue this. Being the competitive yet collaborative people we are…
Welcome to my latest update! My energy levels are good and I’m continuing to lean out as the home stretch begins. The training is going well. I’ve settled into a routine of three regular weights sessions a week, a couple of runs, lots of walking, and the occasional extra gym catch up. It sounds like a lot of work but what it really means is that I work hard, feel good, sleep well, and still have a social life.
I’ve got a month to go until #citytobay16 so I thought I would get over to Torrens Parkrun. Parkrun is a great initiative, run by volunteers, where you have a timed 5km run over a marked course. Perfect for measuring progress.
When I was a child I played cricket in the backyard. Great times and great cricket – back in the day. ‘Autowickie’, ‘new bowler’, and ‘six and out’ were heard loudly and often. So was ‘eat your potatoes’!
It’s the present day and both potatoes and ‘six and out’ are things of the past. Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) is here and my visceral fat is on the run. So am I. Half the deal was getting my weight down but the other half was getting my performance up. It’s six weeks in and I am not out.
Keep watching to see how it goes. See where I’ve come from here:
Partridge Street General Practice is all about Health not sickness, so I’m taking a week off for some rest and relaxation! I’ll be running the 10km Dolphin Run on my break while the rest of our Team will be here to Help You. Let’s see how #LCHF and #running go together! 🍳⚡️🏃
Put up or shut up is a common call these days. We also ask people to put their money where their mouths are. Surely if it doesn’t work for them or they can’t show that it works, we shouldn’t do as they ask us to do. Putting my money where my mouth was in the past led to a lot of eating!
Let’s look at where I’ve come from here. This shows a weight of 96.7kg just after Christmas 2015. It also shows a DEXA scan previous to that (weight 93kg). Let’s see some exercise evidence before we get to the new scan!
Luckily, no pictures exist of my time in the gym over the weekend. The interest may not be ready for the language I used upon meeting the heavy weights for the first time in a while. Even using the magic word – ‘bro’ – didn’t help. Enough stalling, where’s the July 2016 DEXA and weight?
That is 13kg down from Christmas 2015, with nearly half a kilo less visceral fat (fat that accumulates around the abdominal organs – important in the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes). This is with exercise and yes, a lot of the weight loss predates a formal ultra low carb diet, but I’m very heartened by these results. Let’s see how the next few weeks go!
Thanks to Adelaide Bodyscan for the DEXA imaging – feel free to head over there and see how you measure up (tell them I sent you!). If you liked this, check some previous #LCHF posts out here:
This week has seen an improvement in eating. The eggs are making a regular appearance at lunch and breakfast has not been missed. My cough has gone, energy is high and I’ve had some good runs and solid gym sessions. I’ve even run down some Pokemons!
So how’s it going? What’s happening with weight, waist, and fat? Well…
It’s been a tough week. My holidays finished and I returned to work, full of ideas and energy. However, plans rarely survive their first meeting with reality and some carbs crept back in…
My eggs sat in the fridge while I snuck away for a secret rendezvous with forbidden carbs. A few illicit meals later and the carbs had stolen my energy away. I fought back and vanquished the carbs with a little overeating…
As the end of the week approached, I got back into low carb mode, and gave myself a boost by getting back into some exercise. A run and 3 tonnes of weights later and I’m back on track!
I’m looking forward to the upcoming week (you can see previous weeks here and here) and this will be the week where the rubber hits the road. Yes, I will be posting some weight and body composition details!