I have been one of those lucky people who has never had to worry about my weight. That is until recently.
A walk up the Sugarloaf in Wales the other weekend proved the tipping point!
But the truth is, over the last year or so, I have, bit by bit, been becoming more aware of what is usually described as middle-age spread. Attending a wedding a month ago saw me
squeezing into putting on an old suit. That feeling of tight shirt, tight neck, tight trousers, compounded the feeling of being over-weight. That “feeling” of being over-weight is bad enough…but a sideways glance in the bathroom mirror at fully relaxed stance proved the point beyond doubt!
Having dragged myself to the top of the Sugarloaf I knew things would have to change.
Back at sea-level and armed with the comfort of a Brains SA, I had time to reflect on what had to change: At the macro level it was obvious!
- I drink too much
- I eat too much
- I don’t get enough exercise
Later, with a very good bottle of Argentinian (ideal with red meat) Malbec going down a treat, I brought focus to my broad headings:
- I drink too much beer, wine, and brandy.
- I eat too many Kit-Kats, Topics, Bounty bars, chips, red meat, assorted crap from the girl’s snack shelf, roast potatoes cooked in goose fat, and bacon sandwiches. And sausages.
- I don’t get anywhere near enough exercise!
It was the next day that I came up with the target “lose a stone by Easter”
Having set the target, I now have to work out how to meet it! It sounds easy enough doesn’t it?
Well it would be – but i know “me” better than most. “Me” will not join Weight Watchers, stop drinking alcohol, or be lunching out on cabbage soup and a glass of water!
Rather the words of a College mate years ago (she studied nutrition and is now a hospital dietician) came back to me…”all diets are flawed – what people really need is a change in lifestyle”
One week into my diet (or should I call it something else?) I am hoping that:
- Drinking half the amount of alcohol
- Deleting 80% of my snack intake and chocolate, and very consciously trying to eat a few meals a week that are very low in fat, and
- Two or three really brisk walks, and maybe a swim or two a week…
…will do the trick. Time will tell!
Postscript: As at 3/12/2011 I weigh in at 87.5Kg. I will update (whether good or bad) on a weekly basis. You can join in too if you want 🙂
For those interested, this chart is quite a useful guide