It has been awhile since I’ve written an update on my weight loss journey and a lot has happened since my last post. For the past month we have been in a state of national lockdown due to Covid-19. Even so, I managed to lose nearly 5 kg! With the gym shut and no access to the personal trainer I see every week, I have had to hold myself accountable for exercise and stay on track with my diet. My exercise has consisted mainly of running, walking and virtual exercise classes, with some occasional weight training in my home gym. I have been pretty consistent in logging my food intake with the app My Fitness Pal.
My weight fell from a starting point of 87.4 kg to 81.7 kg last week, but since then it has slowly started creeping back up. My weight yesterday was 83.2 kg so I decided to take action and try something a little different. My GP who is aware of my weight struggles since I developed schizophrenia a decade ago once suggested that I substitute a meal with a replacement shake. The last time I embarked on a weight loss journey two years ago, I managed to lose 26 kg while eating three meals a day, so this was not necessary. However, this time I have been struggling to bring my weight below 80 kg and was alarmed to see it increase slightly every day. I did some research into the different products on the market and Optislim stood out as a leading brand which was also affordable, working out at approximately $1 per meal. Yesterday I went to the Chemist Warehouse and purchased two boxes of the pictured product.
Now, some of you may be thinking that I have ventured into crash dieting but I assure you that this is not the case. I only intend to replace ONE meal with a replacement shake, NOT all three which is what some people do in order to lose weight very quickly. It is only a temporary measure; in time I intend to resume eating three meals (plus the occasional snack if I need it). My GP was actually the one that suggested it to me, at the rate of ONE meal replacement per day, so it must be a safe and healthy way to manage weight.
I was very nervous about telling my personal trainer but I don’t keep secrets from her. Incredibly, she was very supportive about the way I am using the product and said she even does the same thing herself on some days when she can’t be bothered to cook.
I must say that it helps me remain within 1,200 calories per day, which was always a struggle to achieve when I was eating three meals (but it is not impossible and can be done).
It’s early days yet but overnight my weight has fallen 900g to 82.3 kg. I know that I shouldn’t weigh myself every day but I had to take control of the situation once I noticed my weight slowly creeping upwards. Keeping an eye on the numbers helps me to stay on track, especially since I don’t have access to the gym and my personal trainer at the moment. It is fascinating how much your weight fluctuates not only from day to day but even hourly.
I will post another update on this product later on. As some of you will be aware, I am an extremely passionate gardener and am a brand ambassador for some of New Zealand’s leading gardening businesses. My journey as a health and fitness influencer is relatively new but I would be interested in exploring whether it is possible to become a brand ambassador for any businesses in the health and fitness sectors. If you are interested in collaborating and would like me to help promote your product, please feel free to reach out to me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact me using the form on my website.