New Year, New You?
As many of you know, back in September James had an operation on his foot. He then spent three months in plaster. This meant that he basically sat on his bum eating pies for the duration. As we all know, if you sit around eating pies, you put on weight.
Before the operation he was 95 kg. This was already too much and was due to a combination of being increasingly immobile for several months prior to the op, plus giving up smoking.
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Being a supportive sort of spouse, I also gave up smoking. This is clearly A Good Thing. However, over the last year or so, I have also become increasingly sedentary; James was unable to come for dog walks with me and it is boring on your own, the kids are bigger and require less physical chasing around, I spend more and more time at a desk and my horse is pregnant so I'm not riding....You get the picture!
We're both the wrong side of 40 and the pounds have been slowly piling on and this is clearly A Bad Thing. Vanity aside, there are all sorts of health benefits to being the ideal weight for your size and given that being overweight is as bad for your health as smoking, it seems daft not to do something about it.
According to this NHS chart, James is borderline obese (ouch) and I am a healthy weight. I know I only need to lose three kilos (all of which are stashed round my middle needless to say) but, I also know I need to become a whole lot more toned and generally fitter. And the less weight on his poor feet the better!
So we have decided to go for it. James wants to be in the middle of the ‘healthy’ scale which means he needs to be 75 kg. Today’s weigh in was 105 kg so that is a massive 30 kilos. Following several “I gave up the booze and lost two stone” type features, we have signed the pledge until we lose the weight, but we thought we’d ask the readership what else we should do.
Should we try fasting? The 5/2 thing? Juicing? Only eating when there is a full moon?!
We know that more exercise is a must but what worked for you? Crav Maga? Boxing? Walking or ‘active’ walking? HIIT (high intensity training)? And how did you stay committed? Did you find a phone app that worked well or did encouragement from friends and family do it for you?
We need your help and advice - we will be reporting in with a weekly weight and fitness update and if any other members would like to join us in our fitness v. flab quest, we’d be delighted!