#NEDJ Week 2 Monday: Introductions
Housekeeping: OK I didn’t actually do an NEDJ Week 2 when I should have done, i.e. last week. WWDC and a stressful working week put paid to that quite quickly, however, my Week 2 (on Week 3) is about something that happened last week so it sort of counts!
This week is going to be all about my mission to lose weight. And it is a mission: it’s been ongoing for several years but after coming to a standstill for the last couple of months I’ve recently made some tweaks to my diet and have managed to kickstart things again.
All my adult life I’ve been big. I started filling out in my mid-teens but it wasn’t until my early twenties that I really started going for it; In my fourth year of university my weight went up by about a stone. In my first serious relationship in my mid-twenties my weight went up again and when that relationship ended, coinciding with a particularly hellish year at work where I was eating (and drinking) far more than was good for me, I hit my peak: 17 stone 9 lbs (247 lbs). It was seeing photos from a wedding I had attended while at my heaviest and beholding the sheer size of my fat face that initially spurred me into action. That was five years ago in July. I made good progress in the first year, dropping two stone or so, but again I started a relationship and weight loss pretty much stalled until that ended. So for the last year and a half I’ve back on the diet. My first Fatblog weight was 16 stone; a week ago I weighed in at 15 stone. Annoyingly, I also weighed in at 15 stone on November the 3rd last year, and I’ve been trying desperately to break through that barrier ever since.
My weight loss had pretty much stalled since then, fluctuating but never getting below 15 stone. After a promising start, the lack of movement was really starting to annoy me. Happily I’ve been able to make some relatively minor changes to my diet that have eliminated the problems I was having trying to maintain motivation and willpower, which has let me make the first significant headway with my weight since before Christmas! In a week I’ve been able to lose another two and a half pounds and I can already see the effects on my body, and seeing those effects has strengthened my resolve even further. The MyFitnessPal app on my phone has helped tremendously as well, letting my see and manage calories very easily and helping my stick to my quite tough 1600 calorie/day target. I had a minor wobble at the end of last week due to extreme tiredness and a lack of adequate calorie listing on M&S Bakery cookies (I actually went three thousand calories over my limit across two days, urk) but my body seems not to have noticed and as of now I am 14 stone and three-quarters.
My goal is to be 14 stone by the beginning of August and I am on target to smash that at the present rate! For the first time in my adult life I will be slender. Life begins at 33, it seems!