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Here i'm going to keep track of my progress in the BGG Weight Loss Challenge.

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The cold facts. I'm overweight and I don't look great in my clothes due to the recent development of a belly. I'm also chronically unfit and have a health condition that can be improved by exercise (diagnosed last Tuesday). I also totally believe that a healthy lifestyle is better across the whole spectrum of quality of life.

Weight: Overweight.
Physique: Lacks definition with belly.
Fitness: Chronically unfit.

Some basic thoughts:

Overall:
I'm not going to worry about weight but instead focus more on sustainability and improving my health. I'd also like to improve my fitness and physique with regular exercise.

1. Exercise at least 3 days a week, with the intention of increasing the intensity of activity on a weekly basis. Each day do 30 press-ups and 40 reps with weights. Ideally Find time to do yoga.

2. Try to track things - Exercise, Diet, Sleep and Mood.

3. I'm going to look at my diet and serving controls.
a) Less caffeine (1 coffee a day - 2 max). No shop bought ones.
b) Fewer deserts (2 a week max).
c) More fruit and vegetables.
d) A concerted effort to eat breakfast.
e) Booze cut right down. (6 units a week max). No drinking to get drunk, I will hand in my Scottish passport (This is ethnocentric I'm aware... being Scottish is about doing something unhealthy to excess so substitute with chips, cigarets, crisps, Irn-bru etc).
g) Be acutely aware of liquid calories. Not just fizzy pop but also cappuccinos which are insanely calorific, I now note.

4. Be pro-active and productive.

5. Due to bigger health issues develop and normalise a regime around supplements and pills.

Goals:

1. Get to health weight.
2. Look and feel good in clothes. Would like to lose 2 inches from waist.
3. Get fit and develop a sustainable exercise regime.
4. Do yoga or/and meditation.
5. Develop a more positive response to stress and more productive approach to tasks.
6. Sign up for classes in something.

Supplements:

Kinda a placebo you know works... (some of these I've been told to take by medical folk.)

Omega 3,6,9
Multivitamins
Vitamin D3

Charting tools:

I'm using http://www.myfitnesspal.com

QnA:

You're not tracking carbs?

Yeah, I'm not bothering to radically change my diet (I don't want to work that hard, as BJ kinda says). I don't really eat that much carbohydrate anyway and I'm not that concerned about losing weight as I am about staying healthy, energised and creating something sustainable.

You're not drinking - are you a turtle?

I am drinking and trying to drink more, I'm just not noting it down. Lots of water and Ginger or peppermint tea.

Seriously keeping hydrated will:
1. Stop you confusing being dehydrated with being hungry
2. Can make you feel fuller
3. Aid digestion.
4. Make you think, feel and be better.

What made you fat?

My diet nutritionally is pretty excellent but, well for a while, I've been blaming my weight on being middle aged and my metabolism slowing down, occasionally I've blamed it on my lover's sweet tooth.

Nah, I'm fat because:

1. I have two+ cappuccinos a day - I kinda assumed it was just skimmed-milk they were adding and thought they were smaller than they were and I always say no tanks to the chocolate sprinkles.
2. When I make a sandwich I make two sandwiches and eat both. It was news to me that a sandwich is just 2 slices of bread... that's half a sandwich.

3. I love the booze and always have done. When some folks say one more drink I say I'll have 10 more and see how I feel. (That sounds bad, however, I don't drink very often, but when I do!)
4. I do most of the cooking and really enjoy it but I make enough for 4+ people for a household with two and it all gets eaten. The idea of left overs sickens me. "Yesterdays meal today!@ What are we carrion!?".

5. Exercise - I think I stopped exercising when I was 11. Why? I don't know. Less emphasis put on running in daily life.
6. Ah my passion for pursuing gout and being a foodie. Now I've never had gout but my diet is rich in everything associated with it. Some people would kill for love, others money or drugs; I'd kill for cheese... again.

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