Whilst this blog is still in its infancy my actual fitness and weightloss journey has been going on for 6 months today. That’s half a year of eating right, busting my balls in the gym and generally trying to do the right things.
In that 6 months I’ve gained a little muscle, I’ve definitely lost a bit of fat and I’m generally feeling much better. With perfect timing my weigh in at the weekend showed I was exactly 3 stone (42lbs or 19kg) lighter than I was when I started 6 months ago.
So here’s the progress shot. As I said before annoyingly I didn’t take a photo before I started so the first one is actually my very first progress photo when I was down about 10lbs, but I’m still quite pleased with the difference. Here it is…
For me this isn’t a crash diet, as I’ve stated in earlier posts it isn’t even a “diet” as such. I’m not expecting huge weight changes every week, nor do I fall into a pit of depression if I have a “bad” day. I restrict what bad foods I eat but I don’t totally deny myself anything, everything is ok in moderation, a couple of beers at the end of the week? That’s fine! A meal out with the family once a month or so? Lovely!
For me rather than being a diet this is about changing my outlook on life, changing my way of life. There are days when I want to lie on the sofa and eat crisps, but I don’t. Equally there are days when I really don’t want to go to the gym, but, other commitments allowing, I do.
This is the key to making a diet (for want of a better word) sustainable, denying yourself everything and obsessing over a bite of cheesecake, is not going to work long term. If you’re miserable, it’s not going to work long term. Eating healthily, exercise and allowing yourself the occasional treat should become a way of life, that’s the key to success, or at least, it is in my case.
I’m not where I want to be physically, I probably never will be! But I’m much closer than I was 6 months ago!!