Saturday 4 July 2009

comparison pics

Hey there

I didn't want to take any pics today as my stomach is really bloated because of being on my TOTM at the mo, but as last week's pic promise resulted in a hungover no-show, I decided to bite the bullet and don the pale blue bikini again...

I'm quietly pleased with the results, particularly with how much fat I've lost of my backside and how much more improved (to me!) my legs look :-)

after yesterday's ridiculously long, at times self-pitying, at times vitriolic, stream of consciousness... I thought I should perhaps keep this posting short and sweet.

so, without further ado, here are my comparison photos from February to now (I haven't taken pics every month because of the slow start and subsequent disheartened feeling)

Front View

Side View

Back View

I still have so far to go, but the most progress really has been over the last month once I realised that I really needed to start taking it seriously!

Also, an interesting thing has happened with my body composition. My weight is still stubbornly refusing to drop below the 11 stone mark, but my body fat has decreased and my muscle has increased - hurrah!

have a look at these two pictures, the first is of my scale readings taken on 16th June, the second was taken this morning - weight almost identical but body fat and muscle have changed a fair bit, quite surprising really, but also extremely gratifying :-)!

I'm off now to our local for a nice large glass of... diet coke I think ;-)

hope you all have a lovely weekend



  1. Brilliant! Just brilliant! Well done mate xx

  2. WOW! You are looking great! Congrats... love the before and after pics!

  3. This is a great lesson in looking at things other than a weight measurement to see progress.
    You look more tightened & toned in your afters for sure.
    Congratulations on your hard work paying off!

    p.s. was reading your sidebar and your quinoa, spinach, tomato and minced lean beef sounds delish. Is there a recipe you can share? or do you just make it up as you go?

    Much continued success to you!

  4. Wow well done! What a difference...

  5. Hi guys, sorry I haven't had a chance to update this until today.

    Thanks loads for your lovely comments :-)

    *Fitcetera* - the recipe for my lunch is:

    * 1000g frozen leaf spinach
    * 500g lean minced beef
    * 2 Cans/800g chopped tomatoes
    * ½ Tube/100g Tomato Puree, Double Concentrate
    * 4 Cloves/12g Garlic, Raw
    * 1 Tsp/1g Basil, Dried, Ground
    * 1 Tsp/1g Oregano, Dried, Ground
    * 1 Tsp/1g Thyme, Dried, Ground,
    * 1 Tbsp/15ml Oil, Olive, Extra Virgin
    * 1 Cube/9.5g Stock Cubes, Beef, Knorr
    * 1 Tsp/4g Chilli Powder
    * 1 Med/180g Onions, Raw
    * 180g Quinoa, Dry Weight

    Chop the onion into small cubes, fry up with garlic and herbs with the olive oil.

    Once softened, add the stock cube and mince and stir until cooked, then add the tomato puree, tomato chunks, and then the leaf spinach

    Keep stirring until the spinach has thawed and the mixture is boiling away nicely, then turn down the heat and allow to simmer for as long as poss for richness.

    Leave to cool and spoon into 6 tubs

    Nutrition Data Per Serving
    Calories (kcal) 322.2
    Carbohydrate (g) 28.0
    Protein (g) 29.4
    Fat (g) 10.2
    Fibre (g) 7.1


    For the vegetarian version I use 300g frozen quorn and add 3 scoops of whey protein

    Nutrition Data Per Serving
    Calories (kcal) 326.3
    Carbohydrate (g) 31.2
    Protein (g) 31.7
    Fat (g) 8.4
    Fibre (g) 9.8

    the calories are slightly more with this but there's less fat and more protein! :-)