Barring some unfortunate gastric illness or emergency surgery, it doesn’t look very likely that I will achieve my boastful pledge from New Year to lose 25lbs by Easter. We have a couple of quite ‘big’ weekends between now and Easter, which might well put paid to my ongoing efforts, and recent weeks have been extraordinarily hectic and more than a little stressful, which has again tested my willpower and determination.
Despite this apparent ‘failure’ and in the best spirit of my natural marketer’s optimism, I prefer to accentuate the positive…
- I have lost 15lbs, and maintained that, and I feel much, much better for it.
- I really enjoy going to the gym, because I can sense a definite improvement in the weights I can lift and both my endurance and speed on the treadmill.
- I also love listening to my favourite cinephile podcasts at the gym, namely Filmspotting, Wittertainment, Sound on Sight and Jeff Goldsmith’s excellent interviews with writers, actors and directors. I’ve learnt the awkward way not to listen to comedy at the gym: bursting out laughing is a pretty dangerous thing to do on a treadmill, or while you’re trying to do situps. Not a good look.
- I have lost 15lbs while not seeming to ‘try’ that hard. My main dietary changes have been nothing more controversial than stricter portion control and fewer ‘bad’ snacks. Now that spring is definitely sprung here in the UK, I’m anticipating the salad season to wean me off carb-rich soups, pasta and bread…
- I’ve literally been able to tighten my belt an extra notch.
- Several people have commented positively that I look slimmer or healthier.
- I don’t feel the need to leave my shirts untucked outside my jeans.
- I actually like going to the gym first thing in the morning, and the extra energy this seems to give me during the day.
- I’m looking forward to a few evening runs in the warm Spring sunshine.
- I like knowing that I can enjoy a ‘big’ weekend of gourmet food and drink without piling on the pounds forever. I know it’s within my power to lose that weight again pretty quickly.
- I will feel less self-conscious this summer on the beach (vanity, thy name is Chris).
- I feel confident that although I might not reach that 25lb goal, I will be able to lose 20lbs and maintain that level…
So, have I convinced you? I feel better physically now than I have done in years, and it’s helping my state of mind too.
Choose fitness, choose sensible eating habits, choose being active and outdoors more. It is the way forward. Honest.