A sustained period of healthy living earlier this year saw a new me emerge. I liked him. He looked good, and because he didn’t drink or smoke he was happier and more even-tempered than the old one. My wife and children liked him too.
To mark turning 50 I had completed Ellesmere Triathlon in May this year. My time of 2:47:57 was just over 12 minutes faster than 42-year old me in 2008. The holistic combination of swimming, cycling and running saw my weight fall below 190lbs. Continued running and healthy eating lead me to me reach my target weight of under 185 lbs in July. This meant that I had a “healthy” BMI for the first time since records began – I’ve been monitoring my weight for the past decade.
On holiday in Spain this summer I managed to get below the 180 lb mark, albeit for a solitary week.
However, on returning home I took up the challenge of drinking the vast quantity of wine we had brought back from Spain with vigour. At the same time I fell out of the habit of running regularly due to work pressures, and abandoned my diet to counter the black dog of depression brought about by yet another British winter by comfort eating. This has resulted in my weight ballooning back to a peak of 199.1 lbs last week. I no longer feel a mixture of pride and smugness when I look in the mirror.
Time to reboot. Here is my manifesto of change:
I will resume using the MyFitnessPal app to religiously count my calorie intake, good or bad.
I will begin to follow the GI diet again, which worked so well for me last time.
I will resume the 5BX exercise plan, starting once again from Chart 1.
I will run or do some form of exercise every day until I once again reach my target weight – in this case to weigh under 180lbs again.
My only cheat days will be Christmas day and my birthday on New Year’s Eve.
Viva la revolution!