Or a post full of SOMETHING. MUST. BE. DONE.
We’ve talked a bit about weight loss before but this time I’m serious. I’ve had enough of being fat and unfit and I want to embarrass myself into doing something about it by blogging about it.
As of this morning I weigh 172lbs (12stone 3lbs) which is NOT GOOD for someone who’s only 5ft 1ins tall. In fact, as my Wii Fit never fails to delight in reminding me, I am obese.
Here I am this morning in my work out clothes
I could win the Olympics for yo-yo dieting and have tried every regime under the sun. Last year I had some success with Weight Watchers, but have managed to put most of that back on again. In fact I’m currently nearly at my heaviest weight ever.
This time though I don’t want to count points, or calories or carbs or avoid certain foods. I LOVE food (as you’ve probably worked out) and restricting my eating in any meaningful way always ends up in a big fat fail for me. I also don’t think I eat that badly – we cook a lot at home, so most of our food isn’t processed; I eat plenty of fruit and veg; and I don’t like the taste of soda or really junky foods. But I do know I eat too much, and have been known to binge if there’s a pot of ice cream in the house.
Over the last month or so though, I’ve been reading a lot about the science and psychology of overeating (particularly white carbohydrate addiction), so this time I’m going to approach things in a slightly different way.
Based on my reading here are my new weight loss rules.
Paola’s 5 Rules of Weight Loss
1. Do a bit of exercise EVERY day
2. Cut right back on/avoid refined white carbohydrates, fats, salt and artificial crap
3. Eat as much fruit & veg as possible
4. Try to eat slowly and meaningfully
5. Cut back on portion size
We’ll be talking a bit more about each of these elements over the next few weeks and what is working/isn’t working for me and I might refine these rules along the way. On the 6th of each month I will weigh myself and post up photos so you can see any progress.
I know we’ve been here before, but this time I’m really determined to keep going with it. I also have an added incentive. Last week week I signed up to do a triathlon at Lake Chelan on July 18th 2010. Since at the moment I can barely run, I am rather daunted by this prospect at the moment, but it really is focusing my mind. And hopefully the long deadline means that I will be a completely different person come July.
Wish me luck!
Oh and coincidentally (since I’ve been planning this post/new regime for quite some time now) Megan Not Martha has just written up a long post on how she managed to lose 25lbs this year using a similar regime. We meet up occasionally to knit, and I can testify that she really does look amazing.