Right. This is it. Definitely. Enough is enough. I tweeted and posted a Facebook status about this on New Year’s Eve. So it’s official. And now this makes it even more official. If that’s possible.
I am going to get fitter and lose 25lbs by Easter 2011.
I ran the London Marathon in 1998. I’d never run seriously before, in fact at school I hated ‘cross-country’, despite being reasonably fit through playing rugby and hockey. But I stuck to a training regime and found that lots of exercise enabled me to eat like a horse (albeit a carnivorous horse) and still lose weight. By the time of the race I weighed around 12 stone (172lbs), probably 10-15lbs below my ‘normal’ weight.
I’ve been gaining weight and losing fitness gradually during the last decade. The blissful comfort of marriage, my natural foodiness and love of cooking and eating, a daily commute of an hour each way, two young children and my own laziness have all contributed. For the past couple of years I’ve hovered around 200lbs +/- a few…
Officially this makes me ‘overweight’, but probably not so much so that I need to be really concerned. Apparently I carry it well. I watched Trinny and Susannah take on Jeremy Clarkson, and I accepted that my trousers should go up a waist size, I tucked my shirts in a little less.
But there’s a history of heart disease in my family, and I know I have high cholesterol. I like eating salads, pulses, oily fish, porridge and other things that are good for that, but I also like less healthy things like pies, cheese and wine.
Over the last 6 months I’ve gradually gained another 10 lbs, so that for the first time in my life the scales start with a ’15’. I weighed 210lbs / 15 stone on New Year’s Eve 2010, and I don’t like the way that makes me look, or the way I feel.
It first really struck me a while before Christmas, while I was watching the films about Jacques Mesrine, starring Vincent Cassel. The young Mesrine was a slim, attractive firebrand. But after years of apparently successful bank raids he got used to lying around and cooking fine foods, and especially in the second of the two films, we see him wandering around his apartments, belly hanging out. Vincent Cassel put on 45lbs to play the role, and evidently they shot the film in reverse chronology, so he could lose the weight gradually and keep filming. Anyway, those shots of his middle age spread touched a nerve…
And so enough is now enough. I am actually going to lose weight and get healthy. My main aim is to be 185lbs by Easter; that’s 25lbs weight loss in around 17 weeks. My BMI would then be marginally over 25. If I can maintain that, maybe I’ll try for a little more, but to be honest I’ve not been consistently that weight for nearly 10 years. I don’t want to live on a permanent diet, so I’ve started going back to the gym. Once I’ve got into that routine, maybe I’ll start running again.
This is going to happen.