And so it is over…

It’s September, and we’ve been home for a few weeks already. The holidays we spent in Portugal were PalmeMotHimmel absolutely wonderful, and did a great deal of good to our tired geeky carcasses. Current weightloss since I started on Atkins: 11.5Kg down

 

The diet I was on was put to a complete stop – I knew I’d suffer if I had attempted to stay on it, and not to mention what my family and friends would have said if I refused to eat batata frita.

Dog with attitude in spite of short height

We didn’t “do” antyhing this time.

Instead, we maxed out the chill, ate well, went to the beach and spent loads of time with family and friends. Isn’t that what holidays are all about?

So, expect no huge slideshow from this vacation, other than these two li’l images that kind of summarised the 3 weeks; lazy, hot, algarvian.

Restaurante Capri

I have to mention this restaurant in particular for anyone thinking of travelling to the Algarve. It has an exquisite selection of seafood, great spirit from the personal, it is highly affordable, and provides an overall feeling of Algarve that you will be challenged to find anywhere else. You really feel like part of the family in this little restaurant – this summer’s absolute recommendation for your culinary requirements!

Capri

Happy shoot!

close and blue

A niece, with some white and blue to her

Shooting again!

On friday, I had a photo shoot with my niece at home, just to see if I had gotten the theory about how to work with whites correctly.

The aim was to get control of whites in the background, and learn how to set it without adding spill around her hair and skin.

The result? I’m super happy! This is by far my best shoots so far, so good, in fact, that I had to publish it on flickr for your viewing pleasure. Go check it out now, and let me know what you think!

Atkins hasn’t been as good with me this week – notibly no change at all on the weight, but still a nice total of 7 kilos down in four weeks is enough to keep me happy.

Loving Atkins! Loving it!

Well…

…it’s been two weeks into my Atkins diet, I’ve been a good boy and followed every rule, eating my proteins and fat to my heart’s content, and staying away from any food not listed as well as only eating upto 20g of carbohydrates/day. Result? 4Kg down so far. That’s an even 2Kg/week, which, for me, is miles and miles better than any other weight loss scheme I’ve been on…

Squeeze baby, squeeze!

And what did I have for breakfast you say? How about an omelet made of eggs and green veggies, accompanied by bacon, as much as you can eat.

Dinner? how about chicken with bernaise, or a fried surloin with curry sauce, or.. for simplicity, just fry a few porkchops and pour some cream into the pan afterwards and stir it up with extra pepper and garlic.. Can you tell I’m suffering? Neither can I 🙂

Can you tell I’m snickering with laughter? I am 🙂

So, with Atkins proof of concept in my pocket, I’ll continue towards the end, which is to dump yet another 20Kg off my weight to reach 78Kg before summer 2010. That should be realistic enough.

All I have to do is to live through a vacation in Portugal for 3 weeks, as well as probably having to stay on the diet past Christmas. It’s going to be tough, but once I’m there, I am picking up weight lifting again. Until then, a spinning lesson or two per week should suffice.

I kid you not though, I will get off this diet eventually. I cannot be without my french fries, bread, and other essencials for the rest of my life, but I’ve learned to control them, and keep them at a low level of intake, the so-called maintenance-stage of the Atkins stuff.

Anyways, I’m happy. It’s been two good weeks.