Mid March update

Things are going well

I realised that my ‘little’ choco rewards were the calorie equivalent to multiple days of hard dieting. So [sad face] I have cut back on the rewards [more sad face].

On the plus side I am now down to 88.5 kg (195 lbs : 13 stone 13 lbs), and what’s better is I feel I can keep it up. Even better is how I feel, its only a couple of kg but I feel slimmer and lighter

What seems to be working well diet-wise is replacing the carb element of tea (evening meal – the main one for us) with extra green veg. (carb element being generally pasta, which I don’t really like anyway, rice, which I do quite like, or tatties, which I love. Oh and bread is history too [even more sad face].

This change seems to especially help with the late night snacking.

I havent cut carbs totally, that didn’t go well at all, I specifically have them around exercise.

Looking forward to seeing 87. something on the scales for the first time in a long time…

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Feb 2019 update

God those last few posts make frustrating reading. 85.5 kg and working on x y and z…

I just caught myself saying ‘finally I am back to 90kg’…

Christmas was a mess this year, and Jan wasn’t massively better. I went from 88.0 kg (194 lbs : 13 stone 12 lbs) in November to 93.0 kg (205 lbs : 14 stone 9 lbs), (possibly 94) around the new year.

In Jan I lost a tiny bit. I have noticed a pattern: over Christmas I put on 1 or 2 kg, in January I lose about half of it, the rest stays for ever…  This year I put on 3 or 4 and lost 1 !

I tried a new diet in Jan, not sure if it coincided with an illness but I felt like total crap, utterly drained and completely lethargic. So stopped it, not convinced it was working anyway. I felt so shit I actually went to the doctors, pointless as usual, no wonder I only go once every 10 years…  But he did say I could do with losing a few kg.

Now I am back training and eating sensibly hopefully things will improve.

I need to go back and review those weights I was lifting because I did a light session yesterday and it almost wiped me out.

My big worry at the moment is over training, I had a few concerning episodes last year with the weights. I think as I get older my ability to recover from hard sessions has plummeted. But its not always obvious when a session is hard. I need to learn to tell the difference between being a lazy twat and needed more recovery.

Anyway the scores on the door today are 90.0 kg (198 lbs : 14 stone 2 lbs)

When I see less than 90 I have a choco treat lined up.  Yeah yeah I know all the ‘experts’ (generally people who have never personally lost any weight themselves, because they never needed too) say don’t use unhealthy rewards, but bollocks to them. Frankly.

Update next week, hopefully.

 

still here

just…

Still fatter than I would like, still heavier than I want.

But I am stronger and fitter (aerobically) than ever so that’s good. Still all covered with a (too thick) layer of lard…

I have been doing quite a bit of weight training – I really enjoy it, and find it easy to stick to the program. I have not managed to combine it with any significant reduction in calories though, so little fat loss. Good strength improvements though, and cardio gains.

Current weight 88kg, fat 28%.

But I can squat 90kg, bench 80 and press 70.

I am now trying a ‘cut’ for a couple of weeks, we’ll see how that goes. I can exercise for England but dieting is most def not my forte.

Pre xmas report

Is it really that long since I posted here??

Well 2015. That was some year…

I lost and gained the best part of 10kg. twice!

I am currently 88.0 kg (194 lbs , 13 stone 12 lbs) which ain’t so bad – except I was 83.0 kg (183 lbs , 13 stone 1 lbs) a few months ago.

I am hopeful for the next few months though as I had a lot of medical issues these last few months which really impacted my ability to exercise.

The stand up desk I wrote about last time worked out really well, really well. I would definitely recommend it. I have since changed jobs and there is no standing option at this place – I can already feel it in my back.

Summer was funny this year, it seemed really active with lots of biking swimming etc etc. But also a good bit of drinking and eating any old shite. Net result I gained several kilos whilst feeling like I was very active.

Winter is normally the same input-wise but with less activity so I either have to change that balance or prepare for a big weight gain. As I am already at the hard-to-bend stage I really have to eat less and move more. Although losing weight over Christmas is unheard of, the lingering effects of my recent surgery might help as I still can’t taste properly.

Good luck with your festive health plans. will keep you posted on my progress.

Summer fun

Well not just the summer.

2014 has been a pretty good year for fat loss.

I rolled into the year (literally!) at over 90 kg with my clothes all tight and struggling for breath when bending to do my shoe laces (fat gut invading lung space!).

After a fairly consistent effort with just a few slips I just weighed in at 84.0 kg (185 lbs , 13 stone 3 lbs) which is a weight loss of about 10kg (over a stone) in 9 months. not too shabby.

The best news is not the weight of course, its the fact my clothes fit better , I am more lively as my leg dont have to cart so much bulk around and I can bend over long enough to do my shoe laces up without running out of breath.

If I had kept up my fastest rate of weight loss, I would have disappeared by now, but overall I am pleased, and I am motivated to lose the other 10 kgs I don’t want anymore.

The secret? is there is no secret. I ate less, better, food, and I moved more.

How to eat less? only eat natural, straight from the plant, tree or animal stuff all day. If I had a treat it was last thing in the day.

Why? well have you ever tried opening a bag of crisps and only eating one? or opening a bar of choc and having one square? that stuff is designed and made specifically to make us want more. Eating that at the start of the day is a diet disaster its all I want for the rest of the day.

I have also started to do exercise 3 times a day to take advantage of the recovery period fat loss. Nothing major, brisk walk to work, brisk walk at dinner time and something in the evening.

Just this week I got a stand up desk at work. I did mornings standing to introduce it gently. My back was killing before, and it still kills but now its the nice kill of being worked, not the bad ache of lack of use.

I hope to go all day everyday next week. We’ll see…

I’ll keep you posted on progress.

If I hit 80kg in the next month I’m going to buy myself a new camera. I have already chosen the one. Will order it at 81kg, hope to hit 80 by the time it is delivered.

hmmm

I just weighed in at 90.4.

Sounds bad (and it is), but I was 91.4 the other day.

Not the loss I was planning a few weeks ago. And I am now indeed looking at 90 as a target, as predicted.

Turns out if you eat your own body weight in biscuits and chocolate every night whilst veging out in front of the telly, the weight doesn’t actually drop off! who knew?

I have stepped up my motivation, I know what I need to do, just looking for a way to encourage myself to do it.

And I need to keep focus…

 

Time of year

Its that time of year when thoughts turn to losing the Christmas lard.

I had got down to 83.0 kg (183 lbs , 13 stone 1 lbs) a week or two before the Chrsitmas eatathon. This morning I weighed in at 85.0 kg (187 lbs , 13 stone 5 lbs).

2 kilos /4 pounds doesn’t seem that bad, and is a lot less than it feels in fairness. Anyway its full steam ahead to get rid of that ASAP.

I’ll keep you posted on progress.