There have been a great many false starts as I've tried to get back to some healthy standard of fitness. Looking back to September 2007 I was in the best shape I've been in. I was around 180lbs with only around 10-12% body fat. I'm now 236lbs with most of that weight gain being fat. I'm at an age now (32) where if I don't take serious action I will have health problems in later life.
For the last month or so I've started making small changes to my diet and activity levels. I've tried to cut back a little on my main food related bad habits. I've cut back on crisps and biscuits. I've tried to eat in a healthy and realistic way. I'm not suddenly cooking everything from scratch with organic ingredients but I'm changing little things over time. In a month I've lost 6lbs. I want to be down to 225lbs by the end of March and then reassess.
The thing is, in the real world when you work in an office environment it is very easy to slip into bad habits. I don't think I'm alone in turning to food out of boredom. I'm also guilty of overeating generally, and I think that overeating is becoming a more recognised issue within society. I think binge eating is a more appropriate description come to think of it. Going off on a bit of a tangent I think society is turning more towards "binging" in many areas of life. TV shows are being consumed in a binge-type way with services like Netflix. Binge drinking is still a hot topic as well, but I digress.
I've mentioned that I've tried to make small changes to my level of activity as well. A problem of mine is that when I start a training program I tend to go full on for a few weeks and then burn out or get injured. I really want to try and avoid that again. For the time being I am simply aiming to increase my daily step count. For the last few weeks I've been doing over 10,000 steps each day and quite often exceed 15,000.
So the target for this week is to get to 233lbs by next Sunday. This may be ambitious but I would rather set a difficult goal and miss, than an easy goal and not push myself.
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