I’ve finally worked through the maintenance steps of Cambridge Weight Plan, taking my daily calorie intake from around 600cals a day up to 1500cals a day. Yesterday was my final day on the plan and from now on… It’s all up to me. I have a choice to make. Do I continue with my new eating habits or do I slowly revert to how things were before?
Having come this far and taken an inventory of how I felt at 17 stone (240lbs /109kgs) and how I feel at my current weight, it’s no contest; I don’t want to go back to that. It wasn’t just weight I lost, I jettisoned so much emotional baggage in the process that the whole weight loss process has been rather akin to exorcising some big ugly demons. Also, I’ve gained so much out of it – why would I want to inflict that on myself again? I know where unhealthy eating practices can land me up, so my choice is to pay attention to what’s going in from now on. In the grand scheme of things it’s a small price to pay for a great deal of emotional stability.
Having observed myself over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that in eating 1500cals a day my body naturally hovers around 9stone 11lbs (137lbs / 62 kgs). That weight – my own ‘911’ is my new upper limit. Beyond that weight I have to do something about it as I start to not fit into my clothes. At 9st 11lbs there are already two size 12 skirts that I can’t fit into comfortably. They fit better at my goal weight of 9st 7lbs. However, I don’t really want to be dipping too much below 1500cals a day, as I’ll start to feel a tad deprived and that would be counter-productive in the long term. I like my food, I’ll only end up feeling resentful if I can’t have something now and again. Therefore – yes, you’ve guessed it – I am now finally out of excuses where the exercise thing is concerned.
If I want to eat a fairly decent amount of food a day and still fit into my clothes I’m going to have to start expending some energy. This is my next great challenge.
I am not the world’s most natural athlete, in fact I will (and have), used every trick in the book to avoid doing any sort of exercise. Occasionally I manage to do it, but if the conditions are not ‘right’ then I don’t pursue it. My latest excuse has been the school summer holidays. I can’t possibly exercise to a DVD while my daughter is around, as that would amount to being watched while I do it. This is my reasoning, but it’s utter rot as she’s up in her bedroom all day completely oblivious to what’s going on downstairs. With walking, I like to do it first thing in the morning so as few people as possible see me doing it and because I’m busy, I have other things I need to do during the day. Therefore if it doesn’t happen between 05:30 and 07.00, it doesn’t happen at all.
I’d like to go swimming, but how many times have I been near a public pool in the nearly 11 years we’ve lived in Ampthill? Once. I’ve never been to our local pool in Flitwick and as much as I’d like to, it’s the whole fear of the unknown and the struggles I have with my body image that put me off. I can swim fine – well not much right now – but the whole getting from the changing rooms and into the water (and back again) is something I struggle with. ‘But you’re a size 12, what are you bothering about woman?‘ I hear you cry. In response I say this: Get a balloon. Blow it up and leave it for three days. Let all the air out and what are you left with? A saggy thing, yes. Well that’s what’s happened to me; I’ve swapped being fat for being a deflated balloon, neither of which look great in a swimming costume. This weight comes with another set of body issues that I need to work through. It’s going to take time.
September is a great month to start new things and if there is one good fitness goal I can set myself for the next 30 days it’s to stop the excuses, step to it and walk. I can do that. If I can’t yet manage the pool then I can up my daily steps towards the daily recommended goal of 10,000.
So that’s what I’m going to do and you can be my witnesses. By the end of September 2011 I want to be walking around 10,000 steps a day. I’m not going to do it in one big hit, mainly because it’s not wise to inflict that much on your previously sedentary body all at once and also, I need to work it into my schedule.
September shall become ‘Step-tember’ as I take steps to improve my fitness. Anyone up for joining me? Sign up below. As far as I can see all you need is suitable footwear, a pedometer and somewhere to walk. I think we’ve all got those.
How about following me on Twitter? Perhaps you can join in too by using the #noexcuses #steptember hashtags so we can keep up with each other’s progress!
Step to it!