Five stone target

I don’t really talk about my size/weight all that much, as I try not to think that it defines me as a person. However, euphemistically speaking, you would call me a ‘larger’ gentleman.

The "before" shot!
The “before” shot!

I’ve been overweight all my adult life, and obese for most of it. I’m not brave enough to publish online what I currently weight, but I do want to make a public commitment to do something about it!

In just over six months’ time, I’m due to get married to a rather special person. And quite apart from wanting to look good in our wedding photos, I’d also quite like to stick around and spend a long life with her. With that in mind, I started what I’m calling my “wedding diet” at the beginning of January, with the target to lose at least 5 stone before the big day.

I know what I have to do to achieve this goal. I need to cut out all the snacks and sweets that I eat between meals, and stick to just three healthy meals a day. I’m using the MyFitnessPal website and iPhone app to help track what I eat. It works by recording everything you consume throughout the day, and it keeps a tally of all the calories and nutrients you’re getting – so you can see how you’re doing against your goal. It’s a bit of a commitment to keep it up to date, but I much prefer this method over other means of dieting.

Weight loss, to me, is a numbers game. It’s about the number of calories going into the body being smaller than the number of calories expended by the body. They say that to lose 2 pounds per week, you need a calorie deficit of 1,000 per day. I’m hoping to do better than 2 pounds a week, so I need to really watch what goes in, and also increase my activity level to raise what gets used up, so that I will hopefully get the results I’m looking for.

My daily commute to work by bike helps somewhat in raising my activity level. I do 12km a day, which equates to about 50 minutes of activity. I’m also hoping to raise that activity level over time, primarily with cycling and walking. I’m told it would be quite harmful to my joints to try running at my current weight, but I’m keeping it in mind for when I’m further down the road.

Anyway, I mentioned that I started my diet at the beginning of January, and I’m pleased to report that as of this morning I’m already 13 pounds down on my starting weight. That’s almost a stone gone already! I just need to keep going and keep my eye on the goal, and hopefully the other four stones will follow.