I’m blogging a little later than I usually do today – most days, I tend to blog while I’m travelling to work in the morning. It gives me a good 20-25 minutes to quickly put together some ramblings, and impressively I tend to do it on my iPhone.
However, today has been a good day – I was worried as my weight had stayed exactly the same for three days running and, given I had a blip on Friday, I was worried that I had knocked myself out of ketosis and therefore would have to go through the whole thing again.
So this morning I got on the scales to see what the score was, and to my surprise I had actually dropped 2lbs and now weigh in at 13st 11lbs. My ultimate goal is to get down to 12st dead on, so that I can easily fit into a 34″ waist (or 32″ depending on how skinny I actually become!). I have just under two stone left to lose – in fact I’m half way on my journey as I started the Slim & Save diet on 15st 8lbs, so have lost 1st 11lbs already.
It’s not been as hard as I thought it would be – my weight loss journey has mostly been quite natural, although I am a little pensive about going through the refeed process. This is where I reach my target weight (probably a little under it) and then slowly reintroduce foods into my diet. It doesn’t sound too difficult, but I have to get used to the idea that I will need to curb my appetite. I didn’t usually mind having large meals, but I am probably going to have to accept that I don’t need a large meal any more and try not to over do it.
The last thing I want to do is to go back up to 17st, particularly as I’m feeling pretty good at the moment.
This time, I think I’m going to be OK though – my work colleagues are supportive, my wife is supportive and my son is even helping me count the number of sit-ups that I do each morning.
Which brings me on to my next point – I am going to start and get fit. I’ve been using dumbbells to try and increase my strength, but I need to develop some kind of program that I can follow to give my arms a good workout, and not just in one area by doing dumbbell curls. I don’t want to become muscle-bound, but I do want to have strength to be able to do things like cut our very long hedge, or help shift things around.
I also want to try and do some cycling – part of my problem now is that I don’t have any sports clothes that actually fit me. In fact, I don’t have many clothes that fit properly, other than two 16.5″ collar shirts and one or two pairs of trousers. However, I can probably get some cheap clothes at Sports Direct to get me going, and it’s not going to take me much to get back on my bike particularly as I am back so early each day now. If I could cycle on a Monday afternoon when I get back from work, and then on Tuesday when I get back from Band, again Wednesday evening and then possible Friday evening before I go to Band then I would get into shape in no time at all. I don’t even have to do massive laps, but I do need to start cycling again – my goal is to be cycling to work next year and for it not to be a huge effort. The fact that I’ve lost this weight has made me refocus on my overall health, and I now need to get fit.
Hopefully I’ll get there – I just need to give myself enough of a chance to do it.