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My weight loss journey thus far

It started at the beginning of this year. After 9 months working a desk job, not getting any exercise whatsoever, and generally not being very happy with my life, I decided that it was time for a change. Standing on the scales I weighed in at nearly 100kg, I had a size 38 waist, I was smoking about a pack of cigarettes a day, and I jokingly referred to my man-boobs as ‘my B-cups.’

I was starting law school, and I knew I had to make a change. This was my last shot. I’d given up my Drama degree 6 months shy of finishing, and any and all hope on building a future for myself lay in my hands alone. To give you an idea, this is what I looked like (these are all pictures from the beginning of the year).

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Now I’m not writing this blogpost to mark a milestone or anything like that. It’s just that I’ve had a few people ask me what exactly I’ve done to lose the weight. So I’ve decided to tell:

  1. Find out how many calories your body needs in a day, and then take 500 calories out a day. So, for example, I know that if I eat 2500 calories in a day, then I won’t gain any weight. If I eat more than that, I either need to burn them off, or they get converted to fat. If I only eat 2000 calories a day, then my body will need to use stored fat for energy. Weight loss is really that simple.
  2. For a while, monitor everything you eat and drink. A great way to do this is to use a website called http://www.fitday.com. They have just about every food imaginable.
  3. Be patient. I’ve been doing this for 8 months and I’m still not even half way.
  4. Cut sugar and other simple carbs like white bread and deep-fried potatoes. It’ll be really hard at first, but after a while you’ll hardly miss it.
  5. I’ve managed to cut all takeaways out of my diet (pretty much), but if you want to eat a Big Mac, then just factor it into your calorie intake for the day. A calorie is a calorie. It’ll get burnt. You may just still be hungry afterward, so learn to exercise self-control if you want to do this.
  6. My principle these days is not to eat any food that I haven’t cooked myself, with the exception of the odd restaurant meal every now and then (note: restaurant, not take away).
  7. Walk a little bit every day. It’s good for your blood circulation, and gives you time to think. Take your iPod, and it’s even better. You don’t need a destination, just go wandering around.
  8. The first 3 weeks are going to really really suck. You’ll eat your allotted amount of calories for the day, spaced out over breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you’ll still be hungry. In fact, the first week of my diet, I went to bed lying in the foetal position because of hunger pangs. That’s just the process you need to go through as your stomach shrinks. It’ll get better. Be strong.
  9. The most important thing: Know the difference between being geniunely hungry, and just wanting food. Listen to your body, not your brain.
  10. Once you’ve lost some weight, try some heavier exercise, like jogging or what not. You’ll be amazed how much more fun it is when you’re not carrying extra weight. Imagine going for a jog with a 10kg weight strapped around your middle.
  11. Drink a lot of water. It’s really good for you.

That’s basically it. I’ve been ‘dieting’ for close on 8 months now, but I can’t say that it’s really a diet. It’s more of a new approach to the way that I live my life and the foods that I consume. Right now I’m a size 33, weigh in at 84kg, my moobs have gone, I feel better about myself, and I have more energy than before. That, and I look a bit better:

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Just know that it’s a long process, and nothing will come instantly. But it is so worth it.

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A sad day has come.

A while back I bought myself a GHD. It stands for ‘Good Hair Day,’ and essentially it’s a really expensive way to straighten your hair. They cost a hell of a lot of money. Like R2k a lot. So when I found one for about half that, I was really happy.

But now I’m sad. I’ve just found out mine is fake. A really, really, really good fake, but fake nonetheless. The only redeeming quality is that it still works, thus my hair is still awesome.

They even have GHD vending machines. Yes, they are that good.

They even have GHD vending machines. Yes, they are that good.

Damn you, sneaky Chineseses.

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Back from the Hiatus

I must apologise. It has been almost a month since I have last written to you. In terms of things to update you with, there honestly isn’t much. I’ve been on holiday, and just been maxin’ relaxin’. It ain’t too taxing.

But what I do want to share is the little project that myself and MusicLady have undertaken.

Our new website

Our new website

That’s right. We’ve spent the last two month’s building a website where Stellenbosch residents can go to check out not only what’s happening in town, but also find guides to fashion, restaurants, wine, and just lifestyle in general. Overall our goal is to become the number one guide to Stellenbosch for the 20-30 year old.

Please go and have a look, and let us know what you think. It’s been a long labour of love, but we feel that this is really what Stellenbosch needs at the moment. The website can be found at http://www.lifeafter5.co.za

We launch on Monday, and have a few things to give away as well. Hou Dop.

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Monthly Update

The 5th of June saw the 2 month Anniversary of my blog. Just shy of having hit 2, 000 visitors, I feel it’s all gone rather well. The reason why it’s been so quiet lately is as I’ve been furiously studying for my mid-year tests (boy, they sure do feel like exams) and have thus been a little bit negligent on the blog side of life. My apologies. You can rest assured that tomorrow there will definitely be an update on ANTM, and I’ve got some great posts planned now that I once again have the time to write something of substance.

But there were some gems in the last month, which I will summarise below, seeing as it’s a little overdue:

As expected, two things didn’t change, and that was the Friday Fail and my weekly report on ANTM.

Some posts worth looking at:

Gay Rights: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back – My opinion on the California Supreme Court decision to uphold proposition 8 in California. This post caused the largest storm I’ve ever had in my comments section.

Kommetjie Crises – On a peaceful weekend morning, 55 whales threw themselves onto the beach in Kommetjie. Why? These are my thoughts on the situation.

Advertising – Sometimes it doesn’t need to make sense – My thoughts on why gorillas playing the drums will try and convince you to sell chocolate.

Finally there were my usual sometimes weekly, sometimes not quite weekly Internet Culture Saturdays, including trying to explain to the masses Twitter is all about. I also solved the fight between Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille and Julius Malema once and for all.

Some stats on the blog, for those that way inclined: The blog has now received 1,939 visitors since its inception, and is looking to grow more as time goes on. It is ranked 5042 in Africa and 2997 in South Africa by Afrigator.

Of course none of this would be possible without someone reading the ramblings that I write. So a big thanks to you. Seriously. Your support is greatly appreciated.

As long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

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My alarm didn’t go off this morning. While this is normally not a problem for me at all, I have this little thing called the mid-year exams which I kind of need to study for…

Luckily, I woke up of my own accord… To this:

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The view this morning from my bedroom window.

Do I need any more reason to love this town?

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The Month in Review

As you may or may not know, today is the one month anniversary of my blog. It’s been an exciting month, with everything from the 2009 South African Elections, a lot of America’s Next Top Model and then a little bit of opinion thrown in for good measure.

Here are some of the stats about your favourite blog:

To date, there have been 30 posts, housed within 10 catagories, with 27 comments. I’ve featured in the newspaper once. The blog has changed themes once, and the header and name were changed as well. All in all I think it’s been a good month. Some of the hotter topics:

Education – What is Really Making us Stupid
This was my opinion on how OBE has failed. Created a bit of a storm in the comments section, but overall well received.

HUMARGA – Words fail me
This is my post on the hellhole that is the Open Area for students that need a computer. If you’ve been there, you’ll understand.

The America’s Next Top Model Series
Every week I watch America’s Next Top Model, and write a review about it. Generally insulting and unsensitive, but I guess that’s just how I roll.

I have also included several day-based themes to my blog, such as the Friday FAIL. I have also introduced ‘Internet Culture Saturdays’, scouring the internet for interesting stuff, so that you don’t have to. Other than that there’s the odd movie review,  as well as a whole host of completely random other things.

For the rest you’re just going to have to page through, surf the tags in the cloud on your right, check out the Hot Topic, or just go with the flow.

People often ask me what my blog is about, and my standard reply has always been: ‘Nothing in particular.’ I write about whatever takes a hold of the few neurons still firing in brain. It truly is a collection of ramblings and brainfarts, which are only sometimes connected.

But I love it.

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