Day 22 – 17th August 2007

Weight – 109.1 Kg (240 lb)

Fat Mass – 35.4 Kg (77.9 lb)

Weight Loss To Date: 5.4 Kg (11.9 lb)

Blood Pressure – 126/82

Resting Heart Rate – 76

Another great weigh-in. I am really very happy with weight loss, and the way my body is feeling now. Most of the aches and pains I was used to have disappeared, and I am feeling stronger, and certainly fitter. My walks are all done with 15Kg of weight in a rucksack, and that is becoming quite easy, so for the last week, I'll be upping that to 20Kg.

As things stand now, I still have 19 Kg to lose to reach my final end-point. However, my initial target of getting below 100Kg is now looking attainable. It will certainly take me longer than the 30 day challenge to achieve this, but hey, this is a lifestyle change, and I am in no rush.

The last few days, I have to admit to slipping up on my diet. I have not been eating the same level of fresh fruit as I did early on, so today, I am off to the green grocers to stck up on apples, peaches, plums, water melon, bananas, and any other fruit that looks good. I want to get back to eating at least 5 or 6 pieces of fruit a day (I'll make up a big milkshake of several fruit, as that is the easiest method I have found to get my quota).

For the last week, I will be stepping up my gym work. Adding a few pounds of weight to my lifting routines, as well as a few new sets of different exercises. I think the most important thing here is to keep pushing your body, as you'll find it gets used to higher levels of exercise quite quickly.

On a side-note,before I started this 30 day challenge, my body didn't seem to be processing sugars properly. If I got hungry, I could find myself feeling very weak, and shaky. I assumed this was a symptom of pre-diabetes, but didn't get it checked. Anyway, I am happy to report that those symptoms have now disappeared, and I no longer feel weak and shaky when I get hungry.

One of the things that extra weight (especially round the middle) seems to do is increase the risks of diabetes, so losing my “beer-gut” has been very important. On day 30, I'll post new photos, which I am sure you will agree, show a massive reduction in mid-rift fat.

I am starting to make plans for the weeks after my 30 day challenge. I will let you know more of these a little closer to the time.

About Andy

Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.