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To the gym at last!

To the gym at last!

Today marks the completion of three whole months since my iconic Athens Half Marathon. Forgive me for going on about that, but what have YOU done lately! 😉

And this week marks a month since I’ve had my hip operation. Visiting my doctor yesterday, he assured me that it’s ok to go back to the gym, but use common sense and don’t impact the hip. I told him that common sense isn’t all that common! Being German, he just grunted.

So off I went to the gym this morning. It was a wonderful feeling! Up at five and in the gym by 6:30. I did a whole hour of work, starting with the upper body I did the weight machines, then just the rotational leg exercises: abduction, adduction and extensions. I was careful to ensure that I loaded only light weights and concentrated on repetitions for now. That took about half an hour. It was great! After that I did 30 minutes on the bike, at 80 rpm and the lowest friction setting. I can tell you that I felt really invigorated after that simple workout.

I can’t wait for the next time, hopefully tomorrow 🙂

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Weight Target Reached

Weight Target Reached

Weight Target Reached

Starting from 116.5 kgs on 9 June 2013, I’m at 91 kgs today. That’s a reduction of 25.5 kgs in weight – or 56 lbs or 4 stones for those still holding on to past glories 😉 I’ve also gone down from wearing size 48″ trousers to 36″. Not too shabby!

The regime I followed was a modified Dukan Diet. The modified bit is that unlike what they suggest in the diet, I did count calories and MyFitnessPal helped me tremendously along with the strict food and exercise regimes I adopted.

The essence of the story is this: I feel healthier and more confident (I know, hard to believe!) and am determined to maintain this weight, at least for now. The past four months have not been easy and I didn’t expect them to be. I’ve given up a lot of what I love in food and drink in preference for a “new me” and I like what I have arrived at now.

Yes, I’ve reset the target now down to 85 kgs; however, the time I am giving myself to arrive at the new weight is much more forgiving: 6 months. That’s about a kilo a month which I know I can achieve.

Just felt I would share my celebrations with you. Hopefully it will inspire some who are in a similar situation.

Eid Mubark!

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