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New Year’s Resolution

1 Jan

As I am still very much trying to tick off all of the items on my #40Before40 list, I don’t think that I have any need to have very serious New Year’s Resolution because quite a lot of the items on the list will keep me going for the next four New Years.

I have, however, decided to make a conscious effort to get more sleep. I wrote an article about this towards the end of last year, especially how modern technology is having an adverse effect on my sleeping habits.

There is also research to suggest that lack of sleep can make you put on weight because when you feel tired, your body thinks that this is because you have a lack of sugar in your system and so you crave food. This can lead to overeating and weight gain. I thought at first that this was just a rumour with no truth to it. But I have found myself on a few occasions wondering why I feel so hungry. I then realise that this is purely due to the fact that I am tired rather than hungry.

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So, to help reduce my weight and to tell me get more rest at time, I will be trying to get to bed before 10pm, without laptop, phone or other electronic sleep-stealing device at least 3 nights during the week. This should mean that I get at least 8 hours sleep for 3 nights in the week, which would be a big step forward.

Over the past few months, I think that I have had as little as 5.5 hours per night on some weeks. I know that if I get into a good routine at the start of the year that I will be on track to carry it on in the following months. In no time, I should be getting my 40 winks.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year? Are you also resolving to get more sleep? Quit smoking? Get fit? Or do you have something more interesting that you are going to try to achieve in 2018?

Fitness goal update 

22 Feb

8 weeks into the New Year and 8 weeks into the new fitness regime already. In my earlier post, I talked about the advice given to me by an online BMI calculator to lose 30 kilos to be the average weight for my height.

Luckily for me, I believe in striving to be above average in everything that I do. I downgraded the goal of 30 kilos to something more modest. My initial aim was to lose 6 kilos before my holiday in mid-April and then make another weight loss goal after my return.

The good news is I am well on track to achieve this. Despite a week in Munich when I didn’t exercise so much and a week of being ill when I had no energy to exercise nor to prepare healthy food, I have already lost almost 4 kilos and I still have 6 weeks until I jet off on holiday.

Each week I have prepared by lunchtime meals in advance, not bought anything from the vending machines at work (helped by leaving my credit card, the form of payment, at home), eaten a filling but health evening meal and exercised at least 4 times a week. I weigh myself each Monday at the gym to track my progress.

It no longer feels like a chore. Every Sunday I make my lunches, pack my gym bag and get ready for my weigh in. I have been constantly amazed each week when I have jumped on the scales, thinking if I have just maintained the weight I was last week that would not be so bad, only to see I have lost more weight. Not that I am complaining!

The bad news is that I might have ruined my weight loss goals by taking a trip on the Fondue ship! Every Tuesday in winter/spring a ship leaves centrally from Zurich to make a round-trip on the lake and serve the guests onboard Fondue. Combined with a second portion, beer, wine and a cold platter of smoked meats as a starter, the calories start to add up. I did go to the gym during the day but I’m not even sure that will counteract the calories consumed. Nevertheless, it was a great evening and having one night off every so often does not mean that the diet is a complete failure…


And I still have time to meet my weight-before-going-on-holiday target. I am confident that I can lose a little bit more than I intended to before setting off. Fingers crossed. This would mean I get to eat and drink a bit more while on holiday and not feel so bad about it!

In some ways I am nervous about going away and getting out of the routine I have at the moment. It will be a little painful to get back into the swing of things but that is one thing I will not be worrying about on holiday!

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.