I’m a 40-something fat bloke. I’ve been this way most of my life, in fact, since child-hood. The fat bit, not the 40-something bit. I’ve tried various diets, exercise plans, fads etc. They are all great whilst the enthusiasm lasts and the weight goes down, however, it soon goes back on again. My thinking, like many I’m told, goes something like this…
Day 0 – I’ve got to do something about this. I’,m focused and determined this time
Day 5 – This is going well, not so hard. I’ve lost a pound or two. Simple!
Day 10 – OK, That pie looks good, but I’m 5 pounds lighter. Keep focused.
Day 15 – That pie was good and if it was that easy to shed 5 pounds, whats the harm in a pie or two?
Day 20 – Mmmm, pies!
Day 25 – What, I’ve only shifted one pound! I’m depressed, where’s the chocolate?
Day 30 – Munch, munch, diet? Uhh.
If that sounds familiar, stick with me. We’ll hopefully do this together and not this way.
So why am I doing this now? In a word, Gallstones! I don’t know if you’ve suffered from this. I hope not. They hurt. In fact if you get a big one stuck somewhere it shouldn’t it feels a bit like having a heart-attack. At least that’s what I thought what when I first had an attack. Since then I’ve had quite a few. The trigger it turns out is fatty food. In my case, anything with more than a trace of fat has a better than average chance of causing the pain. This is an incredible motivator to stop eating those things and some would say gives me an unfair advantage in this battle. I’m cool with that. I need all the advantages I can get.
In the first two weeks of illness my scales tell me I dropped nearly 2 stones (just over 12 KG for the metrically minded). Thats a lot, and I like to say it leaves a dent, but actually it leaves something worse. Saggy bits. To this end I decided now was the time to join a gym and see what I can do about my health overall. That is what this blog will cover. My thoughts, progress, ideas, use of technology (I’m a geek after all) and what does and doesn’t work for me. At the time of writing I still have gallstones and waiting on a date to see a general surgeon to get the whole thing whipped out. I’ll cover that as I can too.
I’m more than happy to take questions, comments, feedback and above all advice! So feel free to jump into the comments and share!