I’m getting fatter, that much is certain. I’m now weighing in at around 115kg, give or take a few grams. I’ve posted a few times how I need to try and shift the weight, but in reality not much has actually been done about it.
I’ve been working hard the last few months to lose the weight I’ve lost so far, and I’m in touching distance of finishing my diet for now. That’ll happen at the end of this month, when I officially come off the diet and start to reintroduce regular meals back into my routine.
I have to admit that one of the reasons that I’ve found it so easy is that I’ve been able to plan my meals way in advance, meaning I just have to grab the next two shakes and meal pack, along with a snack bar each day. That takes the decision making away from me and means I can run on auto-pilot. This is helpful, as more often than not I’m up at 5am and just trying to get myself moving each morning!
I’ve got into the routine of having a shake for breakfast, one for lunch followed by a snack bar mid-afternoon and a meal in the evening along with a small pot of jelly afterwards. In between times, I’ve been drinking copious amounts of water to keep me going – in fact I’m probably hitting on average 3 litres of water per day, perhaps even more.
This is in contrast to many other people who appear to mix in regular food with their meal packs in an attempt to thicken them up somewhat. I have to admit that personally it feels a little like cheating, particularly when they say that they’ve not lost anything at all in a given week. My gut feeling is that the 100% Simplicity approach is the one to stick to as it yields the best results – but it’s essential to have the daily water allowance too, as otherwise you’ll feel very dehydrated and probably quite constipated too.
So what are my goals? Well, I’d like to get down to at least 12st 7lbs, if not slightly lower. I know that when I reintroduce regular meals I’ll put on a bit of weight as my body adjusts, but I don’t want to go above 13st again as I feel really comfortable at this weight.
In addition, I’m now wearing 34″ trousers and 16.5″ collar shirts – which was another one of my goals. I’ve now met that, and I don’t wish to wear 36″ or 38″ ever again, never mind an 18″ collar shirt!
I also want to be able to enjoy my new weight – and I’ve been hard at work exercising. I’ve been doing sit-ups, gradually increasing the number I do each day (I did 130 today) and also the dumbbell workouts I’ve been doing. I’ve now increased it to 2 x 20 reps each day of curls and rows, as well as 20 shoulder presses. My arms are getting used to the effort I’m putting in, so another one of my goals is to buy a half-decent cast iron dumbbell and barbell set so I can increase the weight I’m lifting.
Finally I really need to get back out on my bike, but I need to buy some clothes to fit me! I think that will be the real way to keep my weight down – the sit-ups and weights are there to tone my body, whereas the cycling will burn any fat that I put on.
I’d be really interested to get a body fat measurement at some point – I don’t know what it will come out as, because I do still have some fat around my lower stomach and the tops of my legs. However, the bulk of it has burned away, leaving me a very different person underneath!
The sit-ups are still happening, much to my mild amazement. I’ve not stuck at an exercise routine this long for quite some time, and never one this physically challenging. The cycling I did became easier to the point that I was able to cycle along the flat for a good fifty minutes without resting, but doing 96 sit-ups in one session kind of beats that by some margin.
Continue reading “Almost there”
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m using the Runtastic sit-ups app to help me track my progress each morning as I exercise.
Continue reading “Pushing the limits”
My alarm went off at 5am this morning, as it does most mornings these days. The thing is, I’m expecting it, so I almost instantly roll over and hit the Off button before it disturbs my wife too much. Out of bed I hop, pop to the bathroom and then downstairs, where I’ve laid out everything ready for the morning.
Continue reading “Saying no!”
By now you’ll have noticed that I’m on a health binge, with weight loss and fitness being top of my agenda.
Continue reading “Weights and measures”
One of things I’ve never done regularly is exercise, with the exception of when I tried cycling to work a few years ago.
I’ve now lost over three stone (or about 20kg for the metric types) and am now on the verge of being 13st something, which quite frankly is amazing given that I’ve not been that weight since I was probably mid-teens.
With all this weight loss, I started to worry that I needed to do something to increase my fitness – I’ve noticed in the last few years that my arms are becoming weaker, and I want to make sure I don’t have any loose skin where I’ve lost weight.
So I’ve borrowed a set of dumbbells and have also downloaded a sit up app for the iPhone in an attempt to increase my basic level of fitness. I know that just doing some curls and sit ups won’t transform me into a muscle-bound hulk by themselves, but just the fact that I’ve started to do them is significant for me.
I’m using the Runtastic Sit up app, and it’s pretty good – it helps me track my activity over a period of time and starts off slowly (a bit like Couch to 5k) to help me build up my ability. I’m doing at least 15 sit ups each day and that will gradually increase until I’m doing 100 sit ups in one burst, or 250 sit ups in a session – according to the app, this should be by the end of the year! If that’s the case, then I should see some pretty drastic results both in the definition of my tummy and also my general core strength.
As for the dumbbells, well I’m starting simple by doing 20 curls each day – I need to steadily increase that so I can do more every time I exercise. My arms get tired very easily, and it’s not something I’m particularly proud of – I’m determined to change this as I want to be able to arm wrestle John from time to time, and I don’t want to be embarrassed by losing too easily to him.
Anyway – I think I’m being bitten by the fitness bug – only time will tell if I am successful in keeping it up. Now that I’ve invested in losing weight, the next logical step is for me to get fit and I think it’s going to happen this time.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about my weight loss (if you can call it remarkable) is the fact that I’ve achieved it despite not actually increasing my activity levels. The sole contributor to my weight loss has been a change of diet in both cases (sugar first, then the Slim & Save plan).
Continue reading “Exercise – not a dirty word”