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The Green Tea Experiment – Week 3 & 4 update

Yes, yes! I’ve been slack! Actually I have been quite busy last week that I honestly couldn’t spare some time to write my week 3 blog post so I thought I would just combine it with my week 4 update.

Week 3:

Weight loss to date since the previous week: 7.2 kilo

Weight loss/gain: .800g!! (YES!!! SHOCK! HORROR! And disappointment)

Total weight loss to date: 6.4 kilos

To express my disappointment is an understatement. I thought I was doing well but obviously I wasn’t. There are a few things that I think have influenced this outcome.

  1. Way too many “cheat meals”.
  2. Way less exercise than usual.

That’s it really. I guess you could call it simple math. Too many calories + too little calories out = weight gain. Right?

Green tea consumption:

I would say I would drink on average 4 cups a day. The thing is that I would not always drink them after a meal. I t would be consumed throughout the day.

Diet:

Now here is the tricky part…I can’t remember. I really should have jotted down a few examples but what I remember my diet, once again, went a little awry. Why? Because, well I was slack and lacked planning. There were a few instances where I was at places where there weren’t any good carb free meals. However on my part I could have easily prepared my meals before hand and brought them with me. Did I fail on this part? Miserably! Lesson learnt? Prepare!! And don’t get too lazy!

Exercises:

Day AM PM YOGA
Thursday 1 hour Zumba / 20 min Run/walk 30 min yoga
Friday 45 min Cardio/Weights 1 hour 10 min Cardio 45 min yoga
Saturday 1 hour 5 min Cardio/ Weights
Sunday Rest Rest Rest
Monday Rest Rest Rest
Tuesday 1 hour Cardio 50 min yoga
Wednesday 1 hour Sh’Bam 1 hour yoga

Conclusion:

I have to say, when you look at what you have done, written or typed, it gives you a clear and real understanding of why something resulted in the way it did. In this case, with regards to the weight gain, I obviously ate way too much and exercise way too little that may have resulted to my weight gain. This may support the theory of calories in, calories out. When you consume far more calories than burned it may result to weight gain and vice versa. My reasoning for the weight gain is simply being compared to my previous weeks where I have lost some sort of weight I had far less ‘cheat meals’ and exercised a little more than I did this week.

The lesson learnt:

I just need to be more mindful of what I eat and exercise a little more. Especially breaking it up a little. Rather than exercising one long work out for over 1 hour at a time I should consider breaking up the workouts and have two 1 hour work outs.

Let’s see how it will all progress.

Week 4 update:

Weight loss to date: 6.4 kilos (24/07/2014)

Weight loss/weight gain this week: – .400g

Total loss to date: 6.7 kilos

*Recent update-

Weight loss to date: 6.4 kilos (24/07/2014)

Weight loss/weight gain this week: – .400g (24/07/2014) + -.500g = .900g

Total loss to date: 7.3 kilos!!

I have finally lost the .800g I had gained a couple of weeks ago plus lose .100g! Phew! I feel so relieved!

Green tea experiment:

Once again, my tea consumption has been consistent. I would drink on average 3-4 cups per day. This week however I have noticed I would drink most of my tea shortly after most of my meals which in comparison to my previous weeks, is far more consistent.

Diet:

Over the course of the week I did quite well although I ate quite a few slices of white bread over the weekend. It was my fiancés’ birthday party and we had a BBQ (love a good BBQ). At the party I have a slice of caramel cheesecake and some lollies. I also had a few handfuls of potato chips and a small serving of chips. I had quite a few bowls of potato salad. I also had a couple of glasses of soft drink (which is something I don’t usually do but really wanted to indulge). I also had a Hungry Jack’s whopper with cheese. Surprisingly, the Whopper wasn’t that great. It tasted bland, which is surprising, as those burgers tend to taste amazing!

Over the past few days since Monday I have been eating quite well. I have had to go out and have brought my lunch with me. I also ate far less ‘cheat meals’ compared to what I had consumed the previous week.

Lesson learnt: Once again, just be more mindful with what I eat. Have more discipline and control over what I eat for each meal. Consume more vegetables and some fruits regularly (which I have done more so this past week)

Exercise:

DAY AM PM YOGA
Thursday 1 hour Cardio 45 min Cardio/weights
Friday 1 hour 25 min Cardio 15 min Cardio 1 hour
Saturday Rest Rest Rest
Sunday Rest Rest Rest
Monday 1 hour 15 min Cardio
Tuesday 1 hour 15min Cardio 1 hour Zumba
Wednesday 1 hour Sh’Bam 1 hour yoga

As you may have noticed, I didn’t do as much yoga as I would have liked. Surprising enough, I did almost a similar amount of exercise as last week and yet I still lost weight. Hmmmm interesting…

This week fared quite well. I think the weight gain from the previous week gave me a good shift kick up the butt and made me more mindful of what I consume and what I should be expending. Good old Melbourne is in the heart of winter and it’s absolutely freezing. I tend to want to hibernate and not want to work out. Even my energy levels are quite low. Nevertheless, Ii have a goal! To lose weight!!! Let’s keep it up!

The reason I added the update above is because I was suppose to post this blog update on Thursday. It had been quite hectic so I thought I would wait until a calmer moment (a lovely Saturday morning here in Melbourne) to post it. Out of curiosity I wanted to see how much I weighed and was relieved to find out I have lost what I gained and a little extra. It has been a tough emotional week the past week. I’ve hit a crossroads and felt confused about a few areas of my life. Last night really settled my nerves and confusion about a certain area of my life, my acting venture. I’m involved in a play and we had our home performance in Coburg at the Coburg courthouse on Thursday night (hence why I was hectic and mind was preoccupied) and last night in Macedon at the Mountview theatre where we are competing in their ‘One act play’ festival. Those performances, especially last nights’ performance, really gave me a clear understanding as to why I act and want I’m pursuing a career within that industry; because I LOVE IT! I will continue on with my acting endeavours because it is truly my soul food, my outlet; my dream. Performing as an actor makes me happy. It makes me a happier fiancé, a friend, a family member. When that occurs it makes relationships just that little bit stronger and everlasting. That is what life is all about. LIVE your life; don’t just live your life.

Selma Danculovic

Author of The Papakittens Adventures: Reach for the Stars

http://www.amazon.com/The-Papakittens-Adventures-Reach-Stars-ebook/dp/B00IKYEH7U

#weightloss #greentea #dieting

Disclaimer* This is in no way diet advice but our own personal journey and experience. I’m not a dietician. Please seek professional advice when embarking on any diet and/or exercise regime.

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Green tea experiment – Week 2 update:

Weight loss to date 6.6 kilos
Weighed myself on Thursday 10/07/2014 around 8 am
Weight gain: +.100 grams
Total: 6.5 kilos *

*Now here is an interesting turn of events. I worked out in the afternoon for an hour combining Zumba and a bit of running. I then weighed myself when I got home around 8pm and I had lost .600g. (subtracting from the original 6.6 kilos weight loss to date since last week.)

Total weight loss to date: 7.2 kilos!

So which weight loss figure should I choose to go by? The obvious would be the .600g weight loss, which now tips me towards the 7.2 kilo weight loss mark!

Let’s get back to my journey shall we? This week didn’t fare so well in terms of eating and exercising. At some point, even with weight loss!

Last Thursday I was on fire! I fit in two separate 1 hour sessions. I did one cardio session in the afternoon followed by another 1 hour Zumba session in the evening. I also managed to fit in 40 mins of yoga. The next day by late afternoon I felt so sick with flu symptoms! I did manage to fit in an hour cardio workout but could barely get through it. It went from bad to worse. Since last Friday until today I have been experiencing the dreaded flu. Although for the past two days I have 95% recovered I still have that lingering 5% percent.

On top of that the lovely time-of-the-month came and is nearly gone. Yes, yes TMI! But I do need to include all of the intervening variables. When I get my period I tend to put on a kilo or two and tend to hold onto it for a few days after.

Another variable was my diet. Let’s just say I failed miserably. For the most part I ate soup. But I did also include this amazing chocolate hedgehog cake I made and “could not do without.” (I’m being completely sarcastic here. I could do without it. My defences were down on so many levels. Yes, yes! I’m weak!) I also had rice on a number of occassions. When I’m sick I crave carbs. Full stop! I don’t want any protein-rich foods (i.e. eggs, meats etc.) I often would feel sick eating them so I just gave into my cravings. The body wants what the body wants right? The interesting part was when I did eat rice and potatoes my body felt replenished. So I researched this phenomena and it appears to be a known fact. I’ll try to summarise my understanding. Your body burns up more energy whilst you are sick to combat the flu. Carbohydrates are it’s preferred choice. Huh, go figure. So I don’t feel bad. In fact, I feel that I’m on the road to recovery.

So in mentioning all of the above,on another note here was my workout.

Day AM PM Yoga
Thursday 1 hr Cardio 1 hr Zumba 30 mins
Friday 1 hr Cardio
Saturday 1 hr
Sunday 1 hr
Monday Rest Rest Rest
Tuesday 50 mins Cardio/Weights 1 hr Body Combat
Wednesday 45 mins

Green Tea intake:

For the most part I would have at least a cup after each meal. I did however been consume green tea sporadically. I did have at least approximately 4 cups a day give or take.

Diet:
The past couple of days I have included white rice into my diet (in small portions.) From Sunday –  Tuesday. I also had mostly homemade chicken and sweet corn soup. I also craved sugar and had some homemade hedgehog cake. On the weekend I had a small packet of peanut M&M’s. I also had a mini bowl of chinese food as well as 2 slices of meat lovers pizza. For the most part I had soup. I just couldn’t stomach a lot of my usual solid foods. My diet went awry!

Drinking the green tea along with copious amounts of water really aided in the  the recovery process.

What I’ve noticed is that when I really push myself with my workouts during the colder months I tend to be prone to catching the flu. In August 2013 I caught the flu three times. What I had noticed back then was that when I increased my workouts in duration and intensity I would get sick and now it’s happening again, very strange indeed. So this time around, I would like to be consistent with my workouts. I will aim to slowly incorporate and increase my workout duration and intensity instead of pushing myself to absolute limited by over-training.

So what’s in store for week 3?

Who knows? I will just keep going. I hope I lose the weight that I tend to hold onto whilst that ‘time’ comes about and then some. I will keep you posted. 🙂

Selma Danculovic

Author of The Papakittens Adventures: Reach for the Stars

http://www.amazon.com/The-Papakittens-Adventures-Reach-Stars-ebook/dp/B00IKYEH7U

#weightloss #greentea #dieting

Disclaimer* This is in no way diet advice but our own personal journey and experience. I’m not a dietician. Please seek professional advice when embarking on any diet and/or exercise regime.

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The Green Tea experiment. Week 1 update.

Total weight loss to date: 6.6 kilos

Total weight loss this week: .500g I had gained + .600g = 1.1 kilo weight loss.

So here we are, another week has gone by.

*The results above a based on yesterday’s results. I had weighed myself on an empty stomach (as I didn’t have breakfast). I also worked out for an hour prior to weighing myself. I had completely forgot to weigh myself today and to date I’ve had a meal and snack.

So here is the interesting part. On the first day of drinking green tea after every meal (and then some) I weighed myself the following day and lost a whopping .700g! Whether that was water weight or not, it was a surprising result!

Throughout the week my weight went up and down.

Workout regime: 

Day AM PM Yoga
Thursday 1 hr Zumba 30 mins yoga
Friday 1 hr Cardio 1 hr yoga
Saturday 1 hr & 20 mins Cardio/weights
Sunday 1hr Cardio/weights
Monday 1 hr Cardio 30 mins yoga
Tuesday 1 hr Body Combat 45 mins yoga
Wednesday 1 hr Cardio 40 mins yoga

Diet:

I ate reasonably well. I stuck to my diet for the most part. I did indulge a few times. I had a kebab on Saturday for lunch, I had a chicken roll with small chips for lunch on Sunday, I ate a few freddo frogs and last night for my beloved’s birthday I had a handful of hot chips with my meal and a slice of a delicious (and well worth the indulgence) Jamaican baked cheesecake (chocolate) from The Cheesecake Shop. Amazing!

Green Tea consumption.

On average I think I consumed around 4-6 cups a day! Yes that’s a lot! I would often use the same tea bag to make two cups. I found the tea was quite potent.

There you have it. I’m quite pleased with the results thus far. The weight loss could be based on water weight but I’m really not complaining. Up until now I have been experiencing some difficulty with losing the weight I gained back whilst in Hawaii and a little bit extra. One thing I’ve noticed is that consuming green tea after each meal does help to reduce the bloated feeling. It would be interesting to see whether I will achieve similar weight loss results within the next week. Only time will tell…

Selma Danculovic

Author of The Papakittens Adventures: Reach for the Stars

http://www.amazon.com/The-Papakittens-Adventures-Reach-Stars-ebook/dp/B00IKYEH7U

#weightloss #greentea #dieting

Disclaimer* This is in no way diet advice but our own personal journey and experience. I’m not a dietician. Please seek professional advice when embarking on any diet and/or exercise regime.