Losing the belly 2016 – 1

In my last weight post 4 months ago, I declared that I intended to get to 99 kg by the end of the year. Unfortunately I did not reach this goal. I am closer to the milestone than at the time of writing, though. I weigh ¬103.5kg at present which is ¬10kg less than then!

I intend to lose 15 kg this year. My mistake last year was running out of steam. I gained weight after the brilliant start to the year and though I lost what I’d gained as well as a few more kg, the net progress was minimal. I intend to play the long game this year – recognising that it’s a long process.

I intend to make fortnightly blog posts on my exercise and health this year. In these posts, I will post my experience with the barbell gym routine I’ve been following for the past few weeks as well as the sports I’ll be trying. I intend to start a Japanese martial in 2 weeks as well as try a street dance class. It’s my hope that my review of classes in my next will be a positive one.

Besides the physical changes, I also aim to change my diet. I will eat more frequently and try to up my daily protein intake. I can accomplish this by purchasing whey protein powder and doubling meat portions in meals. There are also some recipes involving vegetarian sources of proteins, like chickpeas, which I intend to try.

I invite you all to follow me in my journey of health and body improvement.

Thank you for reading

Weight and body acceptance

To some extent or another, I’ve held insecurities about my body for most of my life.

For most of it, though, I was scrawny. While I did have a somewhat bigger build, there wasn’t much fat on my frame. I did no sports after school as this was disallowed but I regularly walked long distances and played with my classmates in our breaks.

I had a weight spurt when I returned to the UK in 2010. And I stayed roughly 80-85kg until I moved out into my flat in 2012. I’d been on an “independence package” when I was preparing to move out of the care home. I’d learnt to budget and meal plan and so was reasonably disciplined for the first few months at the new place.  This all fell apart when college began. I made wrong lifestyle choice after lifestyle choice. I rarely cooked and mainly ate simple carbohydrates in the form of cereal boxes and pastries. As I grew increasingly large, I felt more and more self-concious about my appearance and so I rarely left my house when I wasn’t at college or at my private music classes.

In total, I gained about 40 kg of fat during the 2 years at the Sixth Form. Once I’d left, I resolved to lose it all. I tried making a fitness blog on a student forum I use, in 2014. That soon swamped but I did begin to make drastic changes. I stopped gaining weight as I stopped binging as much as I did previously and I became significantly more active. I had a burst of motivation at the end of the year and managed to lose over 15kg. Unfortunately, I gained some of it again over Christmas but started 2015 at just 107 kg which is is significantly lower than the 126kg at which I’d peaked.

So far this year, I’ve tried diets, the insanity programme, couch 2 5k and the good old gym. I’ve run out of steam with each endeavour. In retrospect, I realise that this is because I’ve had the wrong mindset. The key really is consistency. After considering the problem logically, I’ve made the obvious conclusion that it’s inevitable I’d have ‘bad’ days where I might be invited somewhere unhealthy to eat or be unable to go out because of the weather. But it’s important not to let my momentum go but to rather get back on track as quickly as possible and continue to consistently make good choices.

My current goal is to try to get to 99 kg by the end of the year. I’ve already achieved the milestone of being able to shop again in most normal clothes shops again. Thus, it would be nice to achieve the following goal of getting down to double digits, size-wise.