Unrealistic expectations?

7 Jan

One of my resolutions was to focus on eating healthier and losing weight. The main impetus for this was I did an online BMI calculator just to see what the ideal weight for my height was. The long and the short of it is I need to lose 30 kilograms (that’s almost 5 stone in old money) for me to be the average weight for my height. That seems a little unrealistic to say the least. I wasn’t even that light when I ran the Manchester marathon in 2012! Pah! Who wants to be average anyway?

I think it has been proven that the BMI calculator is not the best indicator of ideal weight because it does not, for example, take into account how much muscle a person has and muscle weighs more than fat. Unfortunately, I can’t use this as an excuse. I have some muscles in my body that have never been used.

I wouldn’t say I was the unhealthiest and unfittest person in the world but I take the point that I could do with losing a few kilos or pounds. My downfall is food. I just eat too much; pure and simple. It isn’t just that I eat too much though. I eat the wrong things. I eat sweet things, mainly when I am just bored and don’t have very much to do. It isn’t a great attitude to have to food. Food should sustain us but in 21st Century living we are programmed to want to consume more and more.

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My solution to the problem is simple: Preparation. Prepare my gym bag in advance, prepare meals in advance and prepare to feel a little bit hungry at the start. But also be prepared to feel better in a few weeks and for people to tell you how good you look in a few months.

So far, even though it is only 7 days into the New Year, so good! I have prepared my lunches for work in advance and made sure that I prepared a recommended portion and not masses and masses of it. I have been to the gym four times and been back to hockey training. I have eaten more fruit and made sure I have drunk enough water.

The first few days I was going out of my head with the hunger. All I could think about was food. I made the very clever move of leaving my credit card at home (the vending machines at work only operate with a credit card), which means my downfall of heading to the vending machines when I am bored, a bit stressed or tired is now a moot point.

Although it sometime feels a bit boring to take my little lunchbox and fruit into work and go to the gym at lunchtimes, I do genuinely feel a lot better already. The hunger pains are subsiding ever so slightly and I am sleeping better from the exercise. In some ways I would say dieting is a bit like giving up smoking. Your body reacts to the absence of something, either food or tobacco, and makes you crave it more and more. You need willpower and discipline to stay on the right track. In the end, the hard work will be worth it when you feel better and look better.

 

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