Educogym Day 10:

Meet the Maggot of Fat. He lives at Educogym and represents the weight, texture and volume of 5lbs of fat. When I first met him I was floored: I honestly didn't realise 5lbs was that much! He's huge! He's not really a maggot - I just think he looks like one - or a deep-fried piece of cod. I'm genuinely considering buying my own as diet inspiration. By Friday, I'm hoping this is how much fat I've lost.

As well as today's brilliant (and killer!) arms'n'shoulders session, I had a catch up with Zana about my diet and how I'm feeling. We want to maximise my weight loss so I have to slightly reduce my protein portions and be extra careful with meals timings. Basically, the body is in its optimum fat-burning zone about an hour after the workout, so it's better to avoid eating during that window. Because my sessions are at 1pm I'm going to eat breakfast and dinner but skip lunch (at the moment, I'm having lunch and dinner but skipping breakfast). All this skipping may sound dodgy but this is entirely normal with this kind of diet. As mentioned before, I'm using my NEVER-ENDING supply of fat as fuel, therefore there are no signals going to my brain to tell me I'm hungry.

I've had a bit of an overall breakthrough in that I'm a lot less tired; in fact, I'm buzzing and it's quite hard to get to sleep at night. Although when I do, I sleep like a log and wake up feeling fantastic. No complaints there!

Educogym Day 11:

I really do feel great at the moment - I have plenty of energy, my clothes are definitely feeling looser, my skin is brighter and my concentration doesn't waver throughout the day. This sounds weird but my insides feel healthy too, efficient, like a well oiled machine (quite literally) and the mini nausea episodes have entirely gone.

Zana has convinced me to stay on at Educogym for another two weeks of daily training, but with a less strict diet. I'm thrilled actually, I really do want to continue with the sessions and perhaps someday be one of those amazing 'before and after' case-studies plastered on their wall! Ha! We'll see. Today's leg session was brutal but they've doubled some of the weights and added more reps to other exercises, so it's a huge improvement on what I did just 10 days ago. As an example, I'm now doing 60 squats with a heavier weight on my shoulders (last week I did 30), and 160 ab crunches (compared to 80 on my first day). I swear I have a steel six-pack underneath my Michelin tummy tyre.

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