I am ashamed to say I have let my weight get out of control again. I live quite sensibly however my vices are sweets, the occasional tipple, biscuits and deserts. On the plus side I do exercise when motivated and I don’t drink anything like as much as some. I do have a reasonable excuse for my lack of exercise in that I have an old left ankle injury that means I cannot run, must build up the muscles very slowly but most of all there is a fine line between doing enough exercise and when I have over done it. If I do get that wrong I can incapacitate myself for weeks.
I am digressing from having to admit I am 18 stone 4 pounds (see picture). Whilst I am 6′ 3″ tall and of big build (always an excellent excuse) this is still 3 stone heavier than I should be and I feel awful. I am really sluggish and my trousers feel tight and most important of all, I am disgusted with myself for getting like this again.
So what am I going to do about my weight. I have already requested a “third reduction” in my meal portion sizes. I have completely cut out alcohol. I will drink in moderation once I have hit my target. Oh, my target is three stone, so 15 stone 4 pounds. Sweets and biscuits are also gone until I reach my target, then I shall eat in moderation. Deserts I shall keep. I have learnt previously that a chocolate mousse has 100 calories and tastes like having a 500 calorie chocolate bar. So deserts are staying but sensible ones. I shall also start exercising gradually building up to five sessions a week of moderate exercise in the gym. All I can manage with my 55 years old body and injury. Unfortunately I cannot walk or jog for any distance at all so the gym is the best place for me.
So where do worry beads come into the equation. As with other vices I have used them to give up, they are to be a distraction. My weak moments are in the evening when I will munch through a bag of sweets and when I have a hot drink, I love a biscuit. When I crave the “naughties” I shall play with my worry beads. If that does not work, I shall use my 2Pears to learn a new trick or just concentrate on them until the craving passes. Well that is the theory. Although I successfully manage my anxiety with worry beads for some reason I think this could be my toughest challenge yet.
I shall monitor my progress within a weekly blog with a weigh in on a Monday, that will tell all! The blog series will run for as long as it takes me to lose my three stone target. I am under no illusion that the key factor in my weight loss will be my will-power however I will be most surprised if worry beads do not save me on a regular basis.
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