October/November of last year I was on a fitness roll! I was eating healthily, exercising most days and slowly but surely I began to see the oh so slight definition of a waist. EUREKA! I could have wept for joy - the prodigal waist had returned!
Then Christmas came along. And so did the turkey. And the trifle. And the toblerone. And all manner of impossible-to-resist-and-utterly-tantalising-treats. And I let myself go.
With great determination and the best of intentions I made the same "will lose weight in the New Year" resolution as countless others around the world and I, like so many of them and possibly even you, have failed to follow through. I try to convince myself that I suffer from a sugar addiction and that it's an illness, possibly even genetic (damn you Gordon!) and there is nothing to be done about my unfortunate condition... Utter tosh. And I know it. Other than a complete lack of will power and self-discipline I have no excuse.
Before proceeding any further there are a couple of things I'd like to highlight:
1) I am not and never have been body obsessed. Yes, I wish to look my best but I don't spend hours bemoaning my shape and comparing myself to celebrity x, y or z. Of course, if I had a genie and a lamp and were entitled to three wishes it's quite possible I would request Beyonce's bootyilcious behind, a 22 inch waist a la Megan Fox and Kelly Brooke's bountiful bosom. But it 'aint gonna happen: they are them, I am me thus I shall focus my precious energies and resources in obtaining something that lies within the realm of possibility.
2) Everybody is entitled to diet in the way they feel is right and I would never, ever criticise or judge. It's just that I personally don't believe in fad diets that generally promote rapid short term weight loss with much less emphasis on and a concern for maintaining it in the long-term. I'm certainly no nutritional expert but my own feeling is that there is no quick fix and the only way to drop the pounds safely, and to have a chance at maintaining goal weight, is to adopt a balanced diet and to combine that with regular workouts.
So my aim is to lose 1 stone exactly (14 pounds) and YOU are going to be my inspiration! How could I possibly help? I hear you say. Simply by being there. I have been lacking some serious motivation to get my butt in gear and a couple of days ago, whilst driving, it came to me: if I were to report back to you guys on a weekly basis it would spur me on tremendously to achieve my goal! At the same time, however, I hope to inspire you if you are similarly looking to shed a few pounds because if I, with my self-diagnosed sugar addiction can do it, then surely there is hope for one and all!
AND SO, MY DEAR WARRIORS, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE (i.e. until I reach my target weight of 144lbs) WHATEVER WEDNESDAY SHALL BE KNOWN AS WATCH MY WEIGHT WEDNESDAY!
And it's going to work like this: each week I will report my weight, measurements, my calorie intake, what exercise I did and I will then offer up some reflections based on how my week went. And it will all be done in a cute little box with clickable tabs like so:
11st 4 pounds
- 158 pounds
- 71.7 kg
Bust: 39 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Hips: 38 inches
Will report back when first week is complete!
Will report back when first week is complete!
I will have plenty to reflect about this time next week. All good I hope!!
To track what I scoff I'll be using MyFitnessPal. What a simply fabulous app! Have you seen it?? It's such a genius and straight forward way of keeping your calorie intake in check and is currently being used by over 50 million people worldwide. Click here to go to the website and see if it's something that could help you on your way.
I hope you don't think I'm being self-indulgent Warriors, because that is not my intention. This is something I really want to do and feel I need to do and having you there by my side (and in the the back of my mind!) will help me resist the temptations that are bound to beset me. In short, YOU are my stay-in-control strategy!
And with that I shall leave you with The GW's Fitness Tip of the Day. Ah yes, I will be also be offering one of these each week. Nothing but the best for my health-conscious Warriors.
So here's to happy, healthy weight loss and thank you so much in advance for keeping me on track!
Ginger Warrior, over and out.
P.S. Does anyone else wish to join me on this little weight loss journey? We could encourage and report back to each other. There is safety in numbers so they say! ;)
THE GW'S FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY
Find yourself a FITNESS BUDDY!
Working out with a like-minded friend will help to keep you both motivated and on track. If you're feeling sluggish and more inclined to remain on the sofa, chances are your buddy will raring to go and will drag you along with them! And vice versa of course. So don't delay! Grab your phone, skim through your contacts and find that person who will be by your side on the road to fitness glory!