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Duncan’s weight loss and mud run challenge

Following on from my previous blog posts about my weight loss, and the benefits of the Body By Vi challenge, I took part in a new challenge over the weekend. I took part in a 6K mud run to raise money for my Scouts, 1st Burstow Scout Group, where I’m the Scout leader. The scouts did their part by helping me to raise sponsorship money and so far we’re totalling £560. A mud run sounds like fun so I’ll describe the challenges to give you more of an idea. As well as running across fields, woods, uphill and downhill we had to overcome other challenges such as; crawling under barbed wire through muddy cold and often stagnant water, swim about 40 metres across a 6 foot deep lake (so you couldn’t wade across), carry a car tyre up and down a hill, more wading through stagnant ponds, crawling through mud, jumping over fire pits, climbing through an electric lattice and of course a brilliant water slide! Anyway 48 minutes after starting I crossed the finish line and received my finishers medal!

Duncan before his weight loss challenge Duncan after hi weight loss challengeIf someone had told me 4 months ago that, having not run for about 17 years, I could complete such a task in a pretty good time I would have laughed at them and said no way. If you add to that the fact that all those 17 years ago I broke my back and had a load of metal screws fitted in my lower spine, it makes this task all the more improbable. Needless to say, I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved. I’m not writing this to brag though, I want to share with you how I did it, so you can do the same (it’s not compulsory to do the mud run bit, but you can if you like).

In May 2013 I weighed about 15 1/2 stone, had a 41″ waist and couldn’t run for more than 200 yards without gasping for breath. I started losing weight by using the Body By Vi Meal Replacement shakes, replacing 2 meals a day. Not only did I lose the weight I wanted, but I found I had more energy and was increasing my lean muscle mass. brilliant results on their own. Being the sort of person I am, a month later I decided to take things a step further and get fitter too. I started cycling to the station each day, a 7 mile round trip, and running to increase my endurance and weight loss.

In 4 months I’ve lost over 1 1/2 stone and lost 5-6 inches around my waist. I can now run at least 6 miles without stopping, and have increased my cycling to about 50 miles a week.

I can’t believe the difference between then and now, and Amanda’s pretty impressed too. See the difference in the pictures (sorry about the clown outfit, the fancy dress was part of the sponsorship deal with my scouts).

If you would like to speak to Duncan about your own Body By Vi weight loss challenge please email him or just give us a call.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 7 How did I do after 90 days? The results are in

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 7 How did I do after 90 days? The results are in

First of all an apology, it’s been a while since my last update on progress. This hasn’t been because I’ve been slipping, but more because I’ve been upping my training for my mud run challenge.

So, how did I do after the 90 days? Back when I started I set my goals as “by 19th September 2013 to be 14 st 10lbs or less and have a waist of 37 inches”. Did I make it? Yes. Did I do better than that? Oh yes, indeed. I weighed in Tuesday 24th September. I now weigh 14st 3lbs, and have a waist of 36″. That’s a 5″ loss around my waist and 1½st loss of weight, and I now weight the least I’ve been since I was 17 and in the Royal Marines! I believe I would have lost more weight, but I have been increasing my lean muscle by running and cycling.

How has the Body By Vi performed? Brilliant! The Vi has performed wonderfully, providing the needed proteins and sustenance, without too many calories. The weight loss and nutritional balance benefits of the Vi have allowed me to start exercising again, and my fitness levels have also increased dramatically!

On the exercise front, I’m cycling longer distance now (over 50 miles a week), and I can now run 5 miles without stopping! My training for my mud run is in full swing and I’m actually looking forward to it.

Has it been hard? At times, yes. The lure of sweet smelling food has been tough to turn my back on at times, especially when it’s getting on to evening meal time, and there’s instant gratification available. Having said that it has shown me what’s important in my life, and getting slimmer & fitter again has been more important.

Has it been worth it? Most definitely. I’m pretty much ready for my mud run on October 19th, which wouldn’t have even been a consideration without the Vi. While I’m on that subject please sponsor me to help me raise money for my Scout Group at: http://www.burstowscouts.org.uk/mud-run/

If you want any more information about the challenge, and how you can join, email Duncan or check out the Body By Vi Challenge page.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 6 It’s not just about the weight

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 6 It’s not just about the weight

There’s been a short delay on writing the next blog as I’m wanting to make sure it has some content worthy of reading. The last couple of weeks have been a pretty normal time for me on this “diet”. I went to play golf at the weekend and I noticed 2 things. I could fit into a pair of size 36 trousers (over my stomach) and I managed an entire round without having to resort to pain killers! Both of these are real milestones for me as I’ve never been able to complete 18 holes without them. The trousers I bought by mistake a while ago, and I’ve never been able to wear them.

It got me thinking, what other effects have I noticed? I weighed in at the weekend so those results speak for themselves, I’ve now lost a stone in weight and lost 3 1/2″ around the waist. Those are the facts, and the feel. When I touch my stomach it’s getting quite hard, still some fat to lose but I can actually feel my abs. When I look in the mirror I actually have started to like what I see rather than being repulsed by my gut.

Fitness-wise I’m still running, I’m up to 2.2 miles without stopping and feeling like I can actually achieve a reasonable level of fitness. I’m going to complete my challenge of the 6K mud run in October, and for that the aim will be to be running 5-6 miles without needing to stop.

Pain-wise my back is feeling so much better. With the exercise I’m putting it under more strain than before and yet, because of the weight loss and balanced nutrition, I’m in less pain. I feel more and more able to go without the need for my painkillers which will be a massive bonus.

All in all I owe so much to my decision to take on the Body By Vi challenge. I’m generally a very positive guy, always looking for the good in things, but I have to admit since breaking my back in 1997 I have never felt that I could have any control over my fitness and health.

If you want any more information about the challenge, and how you can join, email Duncan or check out the Body By Vi Challenge page.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 5 The true cost of my challenge

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 5 The true cost of my challenge

People who’ve been showing interest in the Body By Vi weight loss challenge have been asking me about the cost. When I tell them it costs £91.00 per month for the 2 meal replacement per day challenge they tell me it’s too expensive, so I decided to break down my daily costs. Not every day is the same so I took a normal working day as a base.

I’ve based the figures on about a pint of milk per day for the shakes, and cost the shakes as (total monthly cost including postage / 60 meals) £91.00 / 60 = £1.52 per meal. I also add 3 bananas to mix in with them or eat between the meals. So here’s the breakdown;

Challenge Before
Breakfast mix £1.52
Skimmed milk £0.23 £0.45
Banana £0.19
Cereal £0.50
Morning banana £0.19 £0.19
Lunch mix £1.52
Skimmed milk £0.23
Meal deal £3.00
Afternoon banana £0.19 £0.19
Evening meal Same as before
£4.07 £4.33

So I’m saving about 26p per day, and losing weight at the same time!

Obviously it depends on what you eat during the day, but even if it cost me the weight loss would be worth it!

So how about the nutritional side? I’m not a nutritionist by any stretch of the imagination so I’ve plagiarized the below from another blog about the Body By Vi meal replacement shakes.

Ananda Healing Body By Vi Challenge Nutrion Comparison

So, to summarise, it is no more expensive that what I would normally buy in the way of breakfast and lunch. Secondly, and more importantly, nutritionally, I would have to consume 8674 calories of food per meal (as listed above) to get the equivalent nutrients!

If you want any more information about the challenge, and how you can join, email Duncan or check out the Body By Vi Challenge page.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 4 Why they call it a challenge

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 4 Why they call it a challenge

So here we are 4 weeks into my Body By Vi challenge. I know I keep saying about the positive stuff and there is plenty of that, but for a minute I want to chat about getting disheartened with it all. There are times when I have become disheartened, times when it would be easier to just stop and be fatter rather than fitter, times when I start to question whether it’s worth it. Especially when I see friends and loved ones having wonderful food and I need to sit back and have my shake! I think we all have times where we doubt our actions as we change our habits. But then is the right road the easy one or the difficult one? More often than not the right road for us is the difficult one, and this has proved to be the case this last week. I spent some time struggling this week, feeling hungrier during the day and when I got home I was so hungry I just wanted to grab anything I could.

I didn’t completely fall off the wagon though, I made it through another week and weighed in at my usual time. Seeing the results has hardened my resolve, yes it is worth it! Yes, I do want to go through this as I’m feeling far more energetic, slimmer, enthusiastic about life and ready to take on the World. I have now lost approximately 12lbs in the 4 weeks, almost a stone. I’m very much on track to reach my goal, well ahead of schedule. My waistline has shrunk by 2 inches too. Result!

So what am I doing to keep the demons at bay? I’m stepping things up! I’ve signed up to do a 6k mud run in October, and I’ve started cycling from home to Gatwick Airport and back each workday when I’m catching the train (Something I had been doing but had stopped as it was hard on my back). I’ll be starting a training regime to get fit for this mud run, so I don’t embarrass myself totally come October. It’s gonna be tough, but then the best things in life make you stretch your limits!

I’m going to use the mud run as a chance to raise some money for my Scout Group, 1st Burstow, so if you want to sponsor me please feel free to visit my Just Giving page, when I’ve created it!

If you want to find out more about the Body By Vi Challenge, or fancy joining me on my journey to a fitter, and thinner life just give me a call on 07917 879052, or email me!

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 3 Feeling great after a fortnight

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 3 Feeling great after a fortnight

Firstly an apology for the late posting of this blog. It’s been a very busy time for us at Ananda Healing, but no excuses.

Here we are, 2 weeks into the challenge and the weight is still coming off. Despite a barbeque and family meal out in the last week I’ve lost another 2lbs (so a bit slower than last week), but I’ve also noticed that I’m toning up more. I’m not particularly exercising more but I have noticed that my stomach is tightening back up and my arms are firmer. More about that in a bit, but it is a great feeling to get out on the golf course and feel so full of energy and vitality.

Amanda has noticed how my face has started to look slimmer, which is always nice, and also noted that I look younger, which is even better! When I’m looking in the mirror now I’m starting to see some of the old me there, looking more fit than fat (or at least moving in the right direction).

I’ve now lost about half a stone, so over a third of the way to my target in just 2 weeks. Even though the weight loss slowed this week I’m still easily exceeding my weekly targets.

But of course the big question is; am I feeling hungry during the day? Absolutely not, over the weekend I forgot to have my lunchtime shake so by the time we went out to dinner I’d had 2 bananas and 1 shake during the day, and still hadn’t felt particularly hungry during the day. When you consider I’d been working in the garden, playing golf etc I’d had a full day too. This had been my main worry as I know some people who’d done other plans and been hungry most of the time, but not with the Body by Vi.

Going back to the firming up, I was reading about the Body by Vi range and they aren’t just for weight loss. Because of their ingredients they are providing the body with the nutrition it needs rather than the rubbish we usually shovel in, so the toning up becomes an added bonus.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 2 A week in and feeling great

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 2 A week in and feeling great

So here we are, a week into my weight loss challenge using the Body by Vi range of meal replacement shakes. A quick reminder of my goal; I was 15st 10lbs and my goal was to reach 14st 7lbs in 90 days.

The results are looking pretty good, I lost 5lbs in the first week and I can feel my “love handles” shrinking. My trousers are definately looser, and my face has started to lose its chubbiness. As I said before I’m not able to exercise a great deal more than I already do, which isn’t really a lot, due to my old back injury, so the whole weight loss has to focus on my cutting down on the food!

I received some compliments too; people asking if I’d lost weight etc which is always a great way to verify the facts.

Other signs of the weight loss are that I feel more energetic (not less), less tired and able to concentrate more (especially in the afternoon when I used to feel a bit of post-lunch lethargy).

The most amazing part of this all is that I don’t feel hungry during the day so much. The initial couple of days had me feeling starving by the time I got to the evening and rushing to get a good meal inside me when I got home. Now though I’m feeling far better, more able to wait until a more normal time before eating in the evening. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still hungry come the evening but it’s not that all-consuming hunger that cannot wait.

The new habit I’m forming goes something like:

  • Breakfast, a Body by Vi shake made with skimmed milk and a banana
  • About noon, a piece of fruit (Banana, apple, nectarine or similar)
  • Lunch, a Body by Vi shake made with skimmed milk
  • About 3 pm, another piece of fruit (Banana, apple, nectarine or similar)
  • Dinner (anywhere between 5.30 and 8.00) a home cooked, reasonably healthy meal

The conclusion of the week; It’s working for me, I’m losing weight, feeling better and healthier all the time. Let’s see how much I lose next week, but at this rate I’ll have to create a new, more difficult target because, at this rate, this one will be finished within a month! I’ll check in next week with another update, but if you’re interested in joining me with your own weight loss challenge check out the Body by Vi challenge site.

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 1 Where and How to Start

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 1 Where and How to Start

So here it is. I have known that my weight has been a problem for a long time, but getting into the right frame of mind to changing has been difficult. The main problem is that after injuring my spine in the mid 90’s and having surgery stopped me from doing a great deal of the exercise that I used to do. Before my injury I did used to be fit, playing, coaching and training at rugby, rock climbing, running etc which all stopped suddenly. Since then my weight has fluctuated between 14½ stone and 18 stone. At times I have been down to the gym but not on a regular basis, as I always seem to pick up injuries to my back. So I’m starting from a reasonably sedentary life.

Taking that as a starting point I weighed in at 15 st 10lbs, with a 41″ waist and 49″ chest. My goal is to lose at least 1 stone in weight and reduce my wait to 37″ within the next 90 days (so by 19th September 2013 to be 14 st 10lbs or less). As I’ve said above exercise is limited to cycling, the occasional walk, golf and working in the garden. Because of this I needed to reduce my intake to be able to lose the weight I needed.

This left me with few options; reduce portion size, stop eating snacks, etc (all of the fun stuff), but I’ve always enjoyed my food. I’d heard about meal replacement drinks and had always shied away from those as I didn’t think a drink could possibly fill me up (For those of you who know me I have a pretty good appetite). Then I was introduced to the Body By Vi range by my brother-in-law, Pat. I would’ve written this off as a fad, but I saw what it had done to his waistline! He told me that he was feeling incredible, with more energy and had lost some 9lbs in 3 weeks. He certainly looked a huge amount better than I had ever seen him! So that’s the start of my journey, 2 meal replacement drinks a days, and a bit of fruit if I’m feeling hungry in between.

I’ve been really surprised so far that I’m feeling really good. I make up a shake in the morning, one at lunchtime and maybe add some fruit or have some fruit during the day (literally one or 2 pieces). Come the evening I do appreciate my dinner and eat with a gusto, but I am feeling much better already. Weight wise I’ll let you know when I start weighing in!

I’m going to keep documenting my weight-loss here, as apart from anything else it helps me to keep on track. Follow my progress here or join me on the way to a healthier, thinner life!

If you’re wanting to start your weight loss challenge, but you can’t get your mind in the right place, look no further. Speak to Duncan about hypnotherapy or NLP to get you started and keep you on track!

Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge history:

Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 1: Where and how to start
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 2: A week in and feeling great
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 3: Feeling great after a fortnight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 4: Why they call it a challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 5: The true cost of my challenge
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 6: It’s not just about the weight
Duncan’s weight loss challenge – Part 7: 90 days results

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