Starting: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Starting weight: 12st 6.8 // 174.8 lb // 79.3 kg
Body fat: 21.2%
Target: Benidorm 2nd September 2019 (54 days)
Goal weight: Under 12 stone // 168 lb // 76.2kg
Body fat target: 18%
I’ve been using Huel for nearly two years now, and I love it – it’s a great product, I enjoy the taste, and it’s saved me from so many disappointing meal deals at work.
My job is quite sedentary, but I go to the gym three times a week (following Greyskull LP Phraks edition) and run to work on the other days (5 miles) – so I move a bit. I’ve been very consistent with the gym over the last year, and I have been seeing a good change in my body, but I feel like all my results are hidden under a layer of fat.
My typical week involves Huel for breakfast and lunch, and then a decent dinner and sometimes a glass or two of wine. The weekends are where I really slip up – I’m in a long-distance relationship and I visit my partner at the weekend.
The weekend typically involves eating much more and drinking much more than I do in the week. I’ve struggled to lose weight for the last year or so, always fluctuating around 12 st 7 lb, and it’s these weekends which clearly are undoing my good work in the week. I also find myself eating when I’m not hungry – but I know if I had Huel available I’d happily choose that instead.
I’m off to Benidorm with my partner in seven weeks and I’d like to look a bit better than I do now – we’ve just got back from Mallorca and although I felt comfortable around the pool topless for the first time in a long time I’d still like to shed a few more pounds. My partner is also hoping to lose a bit of weight, so naturally it’s turned into a (friendly) competition.
I know seven weeks isn’t too long, but it’s a very busy seven weeks for me - I have a show in the Edinburgh Fringe (The Convoluted Adventures of Batman and Robin – An Adult Panto!), my birthday (tomorrow…), another play in September, and lots of summer BBQs etc. I want to use Huel to discipline myself somewhat.
I’m going to do two things:
- make the move to 100% Huel in the week (and no alcohol) – which I think would be quite easy and a natural development of what I do now
- Use Huel at the weekend (although not 100% - probably 75%).
I’ve worked out my TDEE to be about 2200/2300 per day, so my calorie target is 1700 (although I won’t count my post-gym protein shake in this). I’m using MyFitnessPal to track my calories.
I’m also going to continue with my current routine:
Tuesday: Run commute
Thursday: Run commute
Saturday/Sunday: Gym on one day, chill the other
Hopefully this thread will serve as some sort of accountability buddy and hopefully let me become more aware of where I slip up!
Before picture (on the left):