…or rather, I’m 7lbs less of a man than I was on New Year’s Eve.
My healthy start to the year is going well so far. Having decided that I need to get serious about my weight, fitness and health, I’m encouraged by my progress.
I’ve been to the gym 3 times each week – despite madly heavy workloads at work – and I’ve really enjoyed it. My basic cardio fitness seems quite good, but even my 41-year-old, notoriously brittle hamstrings and achilles are managing well. I did give my aching limbs an ice bath once, and it worked: much better recovery than normal. These may become more regular!
Perhaps more surprising, I’ve grown to like, indeed love Cee-Lo Green’s song ‘Forget You’.
This gets played on channels like 4Music about 3 times an hour, seemingly every hour of the day, but I only today recognised the brilliance of the original version (NSFW or Children!). I love the old-school arrangements and harmonies, his terrific voice, the video style and the juxtaposition of the words with the upbeat poppy style.
Alongside the exercise which is so far going well I’ve been eating less and eating healthier. Slightly smaller portions and fewer ‘bad’ snacks have done most of the work, as well as trying to cut down on carbs at our evening meal.
I say ‘our’ because this is very much a joint effort with my lovely Better Half, Rachel. We’ve both joined the gym and so are encouraging each other. At least one of us has to go 6 days out of 7 in the week, and so far we’ve achieved that. we’ve made salads, soups and are trying to plan occasional variations from our regular menus. I’ve been eating oats at breakfast and oily fish for lunch. I’m hoping my cholesterol levels will reward me in time…
So, 2 weeks in, 7lbs lost from my target of 25lbs is a great start. My trousers are ‘back to normal’ having felt uncomfortable in recent weeks. I’m sleeping really well (a new pillow has definitely helped), and I feel (mainly) in control of things despite the frenetic pace of work and home-life since the New Year.
The next goal is to drop below 14 stone for the first time in many – at least six – years. I’ll report back in a couple of weeks…