Along with the most of the rest of the world, I started this year with a major resolution: lose weight and become a lot more healthy. It wasn’t actually a New Year’s Resolution, because it’s on my 31 Before 31 list, so I really should have been working on it since November. Needless to say, I kept telling myself “I’ll start on Monday”, until it got to Christmas, and then I just decided to start in the new year.
For me, it’s become imperative that I lose weight. I’m bigger than I’ve ever been, and I’m not happy about it. I don’t want to be stick thin, I don’t think I could be if I tried, but I need to lose weight. I pride myself on not smoking, barely drinking, and never having taken an illicit substance in my life, but how can I be so proud of all those things if I am so blasé about eating and exercising?
So at the beginning of January, I half-heartedly tried to cut down on what I was eating. It didn’t really work, until the beginning of last week, when I gave myself a stern talking to. Although I don’t hold with being a slave to the scales, I weighed myself (and had a little cry), because I need a starting off point. I need to know that what I am doing is working, in the short term at least. As the weight (hopefully) starts to drop off, I am sure the need to weigh myself will also drop off, and I will just start to feel it in the fit of my clothes.
It’s been a slow start, but I feel that’s the only way that I am going to achieve anything. I have decided that the best way to start, for me, is to set myself weekly goals. Last week, I told myself to stay off crisps for the entire week. It didn’t quite work, I had a couple of bags, but formerly I was eating (at least) one bag a day. I’ve cut right down, and that’s a tick in the positive column.
I’m also remembering that eating habits are just that – habits. In cutting out a daily bag of crisps, I can already feel that habit dissipating. I haven’t felt the need to grab some for lunch, and I hope that can continue.
My goal for this week is to exercise for 20 minutes every day. I’m a lazy, sedentary person, so 20 minutes is a fairly big thing for me. I’ve got exercise DVDs, I’ve got Youtube, and I’ve got a pair of legs that I can get out and do a brisk walk on. So I’m hoping that I can stick to it – wish me luck!