My diet so far

Weigh graph

I haven’t been to Greece for two years and after a whole summer going up and down of 90 kgs i managed in 15 days of vacation time to eat through 4 kilos of everything that is amazingly yummy and Greek.

As you’ve possibly have gathered already the Green line is my weight. The jump at the very beginning after the flat summer is my time in Greece, and then, then I came back.

I must admit at the very beginning it was very very hard. but what I discovered was that what made a huge impact this time around (yes I have tried many times before) was the fact that I kept myself COMPLETELY in check for 2 weeks. After that it was smooth sailing. I started with eating 1750 after 2 weeks I went down to 1500 and now i am consuming a maximum of 1200 calories a day.

But it’s not just about calories. I have come to understand that what these calories are made of is actually even more important. I have started with a diet that had a focus on protein. Beef, pork, chicken and fish became part of almost each meal. One of the other things i had to do is cut down any complex carbohydrates (Pasta, bread, rice, potatoes etc) and trust me this was hard and a huge change. I was still eating a lot of veggies and fruit but carefully.

Soon i have realized that with this diet I was definitely not gaining any weight and sometimes losing a small amount but it was not even close to what i had in mind. I found out two things.

  • If i was eating during the evening the chances that i will have lost weight were way smaller
  • The amount of fat I was eating was making a significant difference on the amount I would lose.

So, two decisions were taken. I had to change what kind of meat i was eating (more chicken and white fish, less pork, beef)  and to keep my dinner extremely light. Keep in mind, and this is important, I was still eating dinner, just a much much lighter one. A good example would be light yogurt and a bit of honey or fruit or a nice soup. Soups are actually an amazing way if Janet is making them check her recipes.

The third thing I had to do was to make sure I move. At least 10.000 steps a day which was not the easiest thing in the world. If I had the time, which was not always the case, i would go for a swim or spend some time with my weights.

Finally, maybe the most important help I got was from CalorieCount, my FitBit and TicTrac. Without being able to gather data and get to learn how my body works there is no way I could pulled it through. I have used CalorieCount to understand what and how I eat and how many calories it had. I used my FitBit to make sure i am reaching 10.000 steps a day (more of the time i would reach 8500) and finally TicTrac to visually understand the impact of my intake and calories usage.

So there you have it. 28 days later I have lost 8.5 kilos and i am still going on. My plan is to become the same weight I was when I was 20 which was 75 kilos.

If you have any questions or there is a way I can help you out, let me know!

How TicTrac and FitBit got me to rethink how I treat myself

Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 21.16.19It’s said that any private or social interaction takes about 20 days of engagement to become a habit. Well, I am now on the 30th day of using TicTrac and the twentieth of using my FitBit and I can, without a doubt, declare that I am utterly hooked.

But let me tell you a story about how all of this started. For the last two years or so I have been  trying to lose weight and reach my “unicorn” of 82kgs. During this time not only have I failed to loose my kilos, but certain periods of depression or excessive carefree happiness have edged me closer to the dreaded beast of the 95kgs.

I was completely disenchanted and ready to give up when I talked to a very good friend of mine who has lately made it her business to make the people around her healthier. She showed me TicTrac and then pushed me to get a gym membership.


Truth been told, in the past I have tried many times the gym membership route and it mostly ended up with me paying a yearly membership and only going there for the first month or so which, quite honestly, sucked.

What changed this time? Well, this is the first time I can actually track my progress day by day. TicTrack allowed me to review the progress of my efforts and gave me insights I never had before, amongst other things what affects my diet, my mood and my excitement levels (along with a variety other aspects like when and for how long you had intercourse – hee hee!). Watching my weight go up or down based on accurate stats of my activity and daily mood showed me the right path quite organically.

TicTrac weight stats

At this point, the only problem was that at the end of every day I had to spend about 20 minutes inputting all my details in order to make my stats accurate. This wasn’t the best of experiences; mind you, the UX of TicTrac is amazing, it’s just that it takes time to add everything.

So what to do? Well, you have to get someone do all the hard number-counting and number-crunching for you. In my case, this is called FitBit.

FitBit (more specifically FitBit One) is a cool, tiny gadget that you attach to your trouser pocket or belt buckle, or even (ladies) your bra, which counts how many steps you’ve made, how many calories you’ve burnt and how active you are. In addition, FitBit One also checks your sleeping patterns by checking how many hours you slept and how many times you woke up in your sleep, showing you the quality of your sleep. It’s quite cool and it’s a nifty little gadget (I love gadgets ask my girlfriend, she knows!).

Why together? Oh, by far the coolest part about TicTrac is that it’s actually built as a data aggregator, which means that FitBit and tens of other social networks, gadgets, wifi scales etc. feed data into it … automatically! This meant that instantly my 20 minute data entry became 5 minutes of adding what FitBit couldn’t know about, like the fact that I swam my ass off (yes, I am now able to swim about 1.2km in 30 minutes, which I find quite an achievement). You see, FitBit is not water-proof, although it is sweat- and water-resistant, and even if it were, how the hell would it count distance swam?!


To recap, in less than a month I have managed to go from 94kg to 91kg and am still going down by exercising 2 to 3 times a week at the gym, cutting out sweets and be a bit more mindful of what I eat. I could have pushed even harder, but why do so? I feel much more energetic and happier with myself. I thought that going to the gym would take away from my free time but it actually added to it, since now I stay awake more than before. As a bonus, I have managed to evade a cold 3 times in this period despite the god-forsaken British March weather.

In my book that translates as AWESOME; you should try it as well! Go get a TicTrac account (it’s not like you have to pay for it) and maybe think of investing in a gadget like FitBit One or something similar; there’s plenty of choice out there.

Let me know how it goes and do tell me what you think in the comments below!