A Temple

My darling wife offered me a chocolate cookie last night. I am on a bit of a health kick at the moment (which is different to actually having lost some lard). so I said:

“not for me, my body is a temple”

At  which my 7 year old son looked up quizzically and said “what… big and round with a point on top?”

 

Welcome back

Hi so I have been away for a while.

And mixed news – I got down to 77.0 kg (170 lbs , 12 stone 2 lbs) a few months ago (July 2010 ish I guess). things were good, clothes fitted better than for a long time, I felt healthy, I was getting more active etc etc. But I was watching what I ate like a hawk and eventually it got  too hard so I decided to to a little break from the aggressive weight loss.

That break turned out to be a little longer, and a little deeper, and a lot fatter than I planned. I am now back up to 85.0 kg (187 lbs , 13 stone 5 lbs). Bit gutted really.

But anyway as of today the program is back on.

Update next weekend.

 

Update end of Feb 2009

I finally got to set of scales:

80.4 kg = 177 lbs = 12 stone 9 lbs and 25% body fat.

The 25 is important – 25% and over body fat is one clinical definition of obese. So if I keep going I will soon be un-obese for the first time in years.

I have eased off the effort the last couple of weeks but I hope to get back on this week.

As a matter of interest I walked with a 15 kg rucsac the other day. It felt hard, I felt like I was lumbering, I felt slow and plodding. Somewhat shocking then that is similar to the weight I have lost since Christmas! No wonder I was feeling a bit slow then!

I still have another 10 kilos I’d like to lose – I can’t wait to feel how easy walking and running will be then!

Early Feb update

Just had a weekend in the mountains, and rather than risk feeling faint from hunger miles from humanity, I let myself go. Nothing massive just a bit of junk here and there.

Sadly I’m nowhere near any scales so I can’t assess the impact. On the plus side I’ve done plenty of tiring exercise, on the downside I ate a bunch of crisps and chocolate and junk. In the absence of any evidence I guess I’ll have to call it a draw.

I’m back to the strict diet now though with even more determination I was shocked at how hard the skiing was – and I’m still 10kg/22lbs over what I used to be the last time I skied. I can still feel that extra load in my calves and thighs. I’ll probably still be aching next weekend.

It was good fun though – well worth the effort before and the pain after (assuming that ends in the next day or two!

Update Jan 09

Sorry for not posting for so long – hardly the 2-3 posts per week I initially had in mind..

Anyway my normal reason for not posting is not wanting to remind myself how poorly things are going. But this time that is not the case.

I havent weighed myself for a few days but I reckon I am probably around

81 kg = 179 lbs = 12 stone 11 lbs

Which is a decent loss from my Christmas highs of over

91 kg = 201 lbs = 14 stone 5 lbs

!!

(I havent done my fat measurements for a while – I’ll update when I get chance)

The best thing of all though is that I feel on a roll. I have no (well not too much ;-)) desire to eat the sort of crap that got me in this state.

Not only that but I have been out running a few times – The difference from trying to run carring 10 kilos more is just what you would expect if you picked up a 4 year old child and carted them round with you, then put them down and tried again.

No big secrets or tricks – I am just eating a lot less, and mainly fruit, and doing a minimum of 1 hour of some sort of exercise (Walking/running mainly).

Thats the physical, they key is the motivational though. I’m working away at the moment so I have lots of free time and few temptations. I am also planning to do some skiing this winter and I know I’ll enjoy that so much more if I’m not carrying a rucksacs worth of lard. (Weight limit on the plane in 20kg in the hold – I was 20 kg over my healthy weight!). I do have the odd night off. I have promised myself a few treats if I manage to keep going, though this has never really worked in the past. Being in a hotel without room service (and not near a 24 hr garage) all week is probably the biggest factor!

I feel pretty confident that I can keep this up for another few weeks, if not longer and so that dim distant memory of sub 80kg may be a reality soon. Yahoo!

If that ends up being two years later than planned thats still more on schedule than some of my other projects.

If you are having the same battles then stick with it – I feel loads better for losing some fat.

Still still here – still fat

My efforts in reducing my body fat are directly proportional to my efforts with this blog.

That means both have been floundering for months.

I havent even weighed myself for months, I know its not a disaster as I can still get in my ‘big’ clothes. But there has been a marked lack of progress.

I have been under some pressure at work (as usual), but actually this week I feel like I may have turned a corner on that front. I’m clearly a typical single task bloke, I’m just hoping fairly soon that single task can be focussing on health and fitness and working.

The crap summer didn’t help either (thats how fragile my weight management is!)

I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for all the encouragement.

Still here, still fat

Sorry things have been quiet I have been under pressure at work.

Which also explains why I havent focused on losing fat, which also explains why I havent. In fact I’m pleased not to have put a load of weight on.

I am hoping to pick things up in the next week or 2.