America was great fun, we almost missed the plane on the way there as we all overslept and if the plane hadn’t of been delayed we would not have made it!
It was impossible to eat healthily there, as we were staying with relatives we ended up taking them out to eat every morning, I had cheese omelette or pancakes most days. Lunch was always a drive through and none of these places had any kind of high protein or healthy options for vegetarians, I felt like I was living on cheesy fries and veggie burgers. At White Castles I had deep fried battered gherkins and even deep fried battered green beans as a “healthier” option but they were really unpleasant. We ate out at restaurants every night, everything from Mexican to Chinese. In the evenings we went to the local bar and stayed there until at least 2am. It was all brilliant fun but awful for my weight. I weighed myself on the last day of the holiday and I was 15 stone 7lbs according to my aunt's scales! I know most of that came from pina coladas and mojitos!
I slept for 13 hours solid on my first day back in England I felt exhausted, hungover and had no energy at all. It wasn’t until the Wednesday that I found the energy to get back to the gym and I was really shocked to find I could no longer lift weights as heavy as I could before I went and my heart rate was high after only 5 mins on the treadmill, I felt really fat, miserable and unfit. I went to the gym again Thursday and today and I’ve found the cardio easier but am still struggling with the 70kg weights. I am going to try and go at least 4-5 times a week for a few weeks so I can get my fitness levels back to where they were. I weighed myself this morning and I am back down to 15st 4lbs so I want to get to under the 15 stone mark in the next three weeks. I have been working from home which means I have spent a lot of time up the field with my horses and preparing fencing for winter which is a work out in itself I end up dripping with sweat and mud by the time I’m finished much more than I do at the gym! But enjoy it more!
Whilst I was in America I was told that a lot of people over there stick to high fat/high protein and very low carb diets similar to the Atkins diet. It is not sustainable long term but is apparently very good for short term quick bursts of weight loss. I have ordered some ketone testing strips from Amazon and read a lot about the diet online. The aim is to eat under 40g of carbs each day which is quite hard as lots of veggies are full of carbs so it definitely won't suit me for long but I will definitely try it for a week and see how I get on. If it works I can use it now and again to boost my weight loss.
Starting weight: 20st 1lb
Current weight: 15st 4lbs
Weight loss this week: -1lbs
Total loss to date: 4st 11lbs*