I Am On A Diet
After a period of somewhat ill health, I decided I should go on a diet. There’s only so much a Doctor can do for you. I checked my BMI, the medical term for how fat I am compared to my height. The official name is Body Mass Index. According to those charts I should be 8′ 4″!!! Can you believe it? I know, I was dumbfounded. Anyway, this was back in January.
It was then I decided I had to do something, get fit, or at the very least lose a few pounds. I can say with hand on heart I have never dieted in my life. I was always one of those that could eat a whole horse in one sitting washed down with 35 pints of the finest ale and I would not put on a single ounce.
That all changed when I became ill and suddenly found myself on medication which includes some form of steroids. I only thought athletes took those things. Something happened that made me gain weight. I suppose age has something to do with it too.
I Was 100kg
I stopped smoking years ago and I found the easiest way was using a self-hypnosis CD. If it worked for that, then maybe I can find a similar thing for dieting. The local bookshop had a book with the title of ‘I Can Make You Thin’. It basically tells you to eat less, eat smaller meals and stop eating crap. Well, that’s £7:99 I could have saved myself. It’s just common sense. And don’t forget to add some simple exercises in too.
As January got under way, I headed to the pantry and scooped up all the Butterkist, the multi-packs of Bounties, Cheesy Snips, Crisps, Kit-Kats, big box of Maltesers and anything remotely ‘snacky’ and gave the lot away. It was like a small corner shop in that cupboard.
From the outset, I was determined to lose weight and try not to be too miserable about it. I drew up a simple plan. No added sugar, no snacking except for fruit and drink plenty of water. I also signed up with ‘My Fitness Pal’ which helps keep me on track.
It’s nearly 6 months now and I have lost 7kg. Using the BMI thingy, my target weight is about 77kg. I have a simple regime every day where I do 3 minutes of step ups using the bottom step on the staircase. Add to that, 20 sit ups and a simple stretching excercise. That’s it. I try to walk as much as possible too.
I can honestly say that I feel so much better. I know we’re all different and for some people, being constantly on a diet must be very difficult, but I’m enjoying it. Nothing seemed to happen for ages, but then, together with the excercises the weight started coming off. Even my Doctor asked me if I had lost weight on purpose as she was worried there was something wrong.
If anyone’s interested in My Fitness Pal you can follow the link to their website here: My Fitness Pal
Todays daily prompt, portion is very apt for me.