This is a series I previously did that fell by the wayside – with many other good intentions. You can read past #ThinThursday posts here.
As I mentioned in my #dayzeroproject Update post I have lost about 9.5kg since being diagnosed with a stroke and in an effort to keep it off – and lose a lot more – I have joined Slimming World and signed up to the gym for a year too… In other news my HBa1c is now down to 41mmol/mol (20-40 is a non diabetic range). Last year mine was 43 so it’s a great improvement. My BMI has also dropped by 7. 😀 All very positive!
Today was my first Slimming World weigh-in… I lost 2lb! Its not massive but I was very disorganised foodwise this week so hadn’t really stuck to the food plan. On top of that I tend to gain weight at certain times… And this is usually that! I’m attributing the loss to having slogged in the gym doing cardio six days out of the seven! The programme I do is one that I started in the Rehabilitation Hospital and currently I do 10-15 minutes on the treadmill (incline 2% speed up to 5.8km/hr – speed slowly increasing!) cycling for 15-18 minutes, rower for 5-7 minutes, arm bike for 10-15 minutes, elliptical trainer for 9 minutes (6 forward, 3 backwards). I mix and match these machines for variety, making sure I do 30-45 minutes a day unless I am really in a rush to get somewhere… Even then I do a minimum of 20 minutes making sure to get my heart rate into the 130s. I hate the rower and elliptical trainer so am particularly proud of myself a day I do both! It is my aim to work up to being able to do a full hour of cardio without wanting to melt into a puddle! In time when I am able for it I will also be adding weights to the routine! Currently it is not allowed due to left side weakness and my bulging disk… 😦
While obviously i want to lose weight my key aim here is health and fitness… I want to make my body healthier and stronger so that I never have to go through what i have been through in the last 18 weeks again – nor put my loved ones through it. Also, with surgery being a possibility still I am all too aware that the healthier I am the less likely there will be any complications. An added bonus to the exercise is the endorphins which I feel will help me keep a positive attitude; whatever is thrown at me! 🙂 Positive Mental Attitude!!