The saga of the weight loss. Again.

Yesterday, the last day of January, I began my diet and exercise regime in earnest. Having slipped over the 70 kg mark again I thought it time to curtail my exuberant eating and drinking and visit the gym. I hate being forty-something if only for the difficulty of keeping my weight down. Otherwise I like being forty-something! Besides. All my clothes are getting very tight. I don’t have a set of scales so I can only go by what fits. Not much fits at the moment.

February Is a perfect time for me to go hard, plus do Feb Fast, because my teaching isn’t at full strength and I have good swathes of free time. Plus I’ve finished my PhD. So for those who care about such pettinesses, here is my regime to lose 10 kg (again).

I joined my gym’s fitness boot camp. 8 weeks long, it gives me 8 personal training sessions, a dedicated exercise class, food diary and measurement tracker. They measured my weight, height, arm, leg and torso sizes, bmi, skeletal weight, fat percentage and body age. This is always the hardest part. They took a photo (ugh) and did a fitness test. I’m fit but a bit fat. At 26.4% bmi I’m considered a bit overweight and my proportion of body fat is 39.6%. Too high! That’s drinking and crap eating and no exercise for you! Walking the dog does not cut it for my health regime.

I have entered all possible classes into my diary so for February I can attend a class every day. My gym also has a 50m outdoor Olympic-sized swimming pool, which in hot, humid weather like this is a perfect finish to my daily exercise: I breaststroke swim about 400-500 metres (8-10 laps) and it washes out the pain and heat from the class, and allows me to stretch.

One pt session a week plus a 1/boxing class; 2/ yoga; 3/ hiit circuit; 4/ body pump or Zumba. That plus a swim should do it! I’m terrible in the morning and prefer mid-morning classes, hence the odd mix of classes. There’s also a Thursday evening boot camp class which may kill me, but I’ll have a go!

I already belong to MyFitnessPal, which is a near-perfect app in which I can measure my diet, exercise, track my activity and weight loss, and record a range of health and fitness activities. Plus it has the added benefit of a community of like-minded souls all seeking health and svelte bodies. For those who care, my blood pressure is ridiculously low: last night it registered 93/57 (we have a portable home blood pressure monitor). I won’t die of fatness, but I may die through falling over.

I’ve cut out alcohol for February. But I’ve already given myself a head start by not drinking over the last 3 nights. Not too bad so far.

I record all my eating habits. I’m used to doing this from last time, and even though it’s hard at first, sticking to 1500 calories is pretty easy. I’ve no desire to eat less than this as I get too faint, and 1500 calories allows me 400 calories per meal plus snacks. A 400 cal meal size is a good portion and there’s wiggle room for sweet treats and a drink. Both of which I’ve cut out for the time being.

The above regime is similar to the successful one I did in 2013. The only problem I have with it is that I hate exercise. I feel sore for days and I hate getting sweaty. But it’s the only way. My body loves to move. Without a serious amount of exercise I can’t maintain a lower weight. So it’s yo-yo for me. At least I know and understand this though.

So if I do everything like I did in 2013 I should lose 4 kgs a month, dropping back to 2 kgs per month after 8 weeks. I’ll let you know how I get on. In the meantime, I have a gym class to attend. Adios, amigos!

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