In July 2017 I decided to toughen up. Since February my husband and I had tried to stick to the 5:2 lifestyle and it worked a treat for him. In June all his clothes were too big and he had to invest in a set of new summer trousers. His diabetes doctor told him his blood test results had gone down so he could now be considered a borderline diabetic. If he continued this healthy lifestyle he could possibly stop medicating.
That’s great news and I’m so envious. I had not lost as much, even though I was pleased with the fact that I actually stopped gaining. My BMI was down to 31.9 – still pointing at obesity. I decided to get a second opinion from an other specialist who confirmed just that. She also confirmed that everything my regular endocrinologist told me, which was good news.
One thing this doctor pointed out was that cardio training is more important than anything else to start burning fat. I thought I had a good weekly mix of:
- Tennis because I enjoy it,
- Fierce Grace Hot Yoga for toning muscles and increase flexibility
- Gym to build muscles
- Swim and/or power walks
In the past I have also taken several courses of Boot Camps. I’ve tried both indoors and outdoor camps and I really love them. I like the holistic idea of intensive training coupled with nutritional advice and support. Having a positive trainer and working out in a group is a great experience. During these courses my muscle mass increased of course, but my weird metabolism still allowed my weight to gallop in the wrong direction.
This new doctor said to focus on power walks, at least 40 minutes at least four times every week. I took her advice, except I didn’t stop playing tennis because I enjoy it so much. And on rainy days I do 40 minutes on the rower at the gym instead of walking outside. It can’t be all bad.