08 March 2010

Getting back to my running...

I have been reading about a woman in London who lose 6 stone in 6 months, and she was much heavier than i am now, so i have taken note of a few things she said, and have adapted them in my surmon to myself here today!!!

Well i decided to eat well, lose weight, and get fit, then i shall go back to running. Last year i had started well but then i got ill, i had been ill from May 2009 to Feb 2010, not 100% but i am getting close to it.

So how am I going to go about doing this? Good question. Not doing weightwatchers - been there, done that and it was self-helpy and excrutiatingly embarassing. Nor am I doing Atkins - yuk to bad breath and horrible cholesterol laden things, bleurgh.

Nope, I'm going to adopt a sensible eating approach, nothing faddy, and rely on good old fashioned self-discipline, self-control and will power to get me through. (Trouble is, they haven't worked so far! Maybe by committing myself in writing it'll give me the additional focus I need.)

My diet at the moment isn' t terrible, I'm not like one of these basket cases you see on those reality programmes, I don't binge on chocolate and, believe it or not I get my five fruit and veg a day, most days. However, portions are a problem, carbs are a problem.

Add to that the fact that I don't do enough exercise and you see the increase from my ideal weight to 5 stone heavier from 10 years, since my Mum died. In order to reverse this trend over the next 9 months I've come up with just a few specific rules which I'm planning to stick to.

Drinking loads of water, loads and loads. Keeping hydrated will avoid eating because I'm thirsty (very common problem).

No white bread, and a limited amount of brown bread, pasta, rice i hate so i have no trouble cutting them out, cos i just never eat them. One of my main weaknesses is crisps but so full of carbs.

No alcohol.

Something active every day. Walking to work some days, or going to the gym or going walking on the weekends. I have to raise my heart rate for a minimum of 20 minutes each day.

To use my Wii every day, even if its only for 20 minutes, i have some excellent exercises on the Biggest Loser wii game, and also the wii fit plus, and the other one the name escapes me. So i have the tools to get fit, i just got to gather up that willpower.

Last one, and this is the most important one. Learn NOT to eat eveything that is put in front of me. This is a throw back to when I was young and you had to clear your plate before you were allowed to leave the table. Time to control my portion sizes.

Right. Them's the rules and I'm the fool that has to stick to them. I'll try and check in at least every two days to give you an idea of what I'm eating and how its going... anyone else going to join me?

I will add later the reason why i am doing this, and it might even shock you to hear its because of the men that have been In my life, not doing this for a man, just i have met a few that have treated me like shit, and i think if i had been slim, i would get more respect. But i shall talk about that later...