Skinny git

I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I’m turning into a skinny git. It dawned on me yesterday – my wife suggested I go try on some clothes while we were in Southampton, and so we wandered down to the Superdry store to look around. I found the coat that I’m going to buy in London , and it still fits really well. As I walked up to the mirror, I had to smile as I look really good in it. The wife then pointed to a hoodie-cum-knitwear pullover and said that I should try it on. I wasn’t sure as it definitely wasn’t the kind of thing that I would normally buy for myself.

Grabbing it, I pulled it up and over my head and put it on. It was a slim body fitting pullover and when I looked in the mirror it made me look really skinny and also really tall at the same time. Trouble was, it was £110 to buy! That said, it’s a great feeling to be able to walk into a shop like that and be able to try most of the clothes on and look good in them.

What’s more, even my mum commented on how well my new jeans fitted me. That was unexpected, but no less appreciated for it.

Another thing happened while I did my planking on Saturday evening – my wife pointed out my shoulder muscles to my mum, so I decided to take my t shirt off and do a few push-ups just to show them properly. I could see the smile on my wife’s face as I went through the motions, and I felt good.

This getting healthy lark is a good feeling, and I’m more determined than ever to stay at the weight I reach.

So – the weight loss. Well, I had an Indian on Friday night and a small dinner on the Saturday night, as well as some chocolate biscuits (although I didn’t go mad). I stepped on the scales this morning with a bit of trepidation as I thought I would have put on some weight since last week. To my surprise, I had actually dropped 5lbs so I’m now just a sliver under 12st 13lbs – I actually started typing 13st there rather than 12at, which goes to show the disbelief I have that I’m actually at that weight!

My goal is to get down to 12st 7lbs – if I end up a little lower then that’s no bad thing, but that is my target. At that point, I’ll be well within the ideal banding for my height and BMI, and will be able to give myself a buffer when I start the refeed process – a slight weight gain is inevitable, so I want to give myself as much slack as I can. In all honesty, if I can level out at 13st then I’ll be very happy indeed – that’s a good healthy weight for my height, and I’ll be in a good place as I approach my forties.

I also hadn’t exercised over the last few days on account of having very little space at my parents house. I made up for that last night when I did 153 sit-ups, 27 push-ups, 47 squats and all of my weights routine. By the end of all that I was definitely feeling better for doing it. My biceps and shoulders are starting to see results, while I can feel my legs burning a bit after the squats meaning that it’s working. The last piece to the puzzle will be to get to the doctor to see about my shoulder – although I’m able to do push-ups and my shoulder presses, I do still feel that my right shoulder isn’t moving as well as it should do. I’ll give it another month as by then I should have completed at least one milestone on my push-ups journey, and be nearly there on my sit-ups journey.

Things are definitely looking up – I’ve kept all of this up for over a month, so the habit should definitely be forming.

Skinny git