A WORK IN PROGRESS
Since January 2017 my weight has been steadily dropping on the scale. But it hasn’t always been the case. It started picking up gradually in my early thirties.
When I was young:
Up until then I had been playing a lot of sport. Mainly rugby and football, but I also swam a lot and enjoyed my road running. It was back when I was just 23 that I qualified as a Physical Education teacher, so I was very fit and really into my sport.
My sons were born when I was in my early 30’s and I chose to give a lot more of my time to them. My own sport took a backseat. The lbs started to take hold and where I was just 150lbs in my prime, I now fluctuated between 163lbs and 176lbs .
Up and Down, Down and up
This continued until late into my 50’s. I’d run for a few weeks and lose a few lbs, and then I’d get lazy, and the lbs would come rushing back, and bring a few of their friends back with them ! In my early 60’s my weight leapt to 180lbs, and with my 65 birthday looming it peaked at 190lbs. And just to say that my height is 5’7″.
I was dangerously overweight and needed to trim down. There are so many serious negatives related to being overweight the major one being poor health. I had a telly belly for goodness sake! Something we laughed about back when we were young men training to become physical education teachers and our lecturer had said, “Guys, telly belly is a killer.” We never thought in our wildest dreams that any of us could ever develop a telly belly. We were too fit, too active.
Decision Time ! It’s Now or Never !
So I made the decision after Christmas 2016 to lose some weight and took immediate action . By adjusting my lifestyle a little here and there, I was able to lose 9lbs in the first 4 months of 2017 and the numbers on the dial continue to drop slowly but surely as planned. I have a wonky knee which I know is directly related to being overweight. Whenever I lose weight, the knee problem disappears. So right now, I can’t run. And at my age I can’t start training like a professional athlete. Would do myself more harm than good. The beauty is, we don’t have to. There are so many things we can do to stay active. Basic exercise activities which we can weave into our busy lives whether we are children, young adults, middle-aged or mature like me (Ha ha!). We don’t need to run! Of course, if you enjoy running that would be a bonus.
A Positive, powerful mind-set
I have now managed to instill a positive mindset . Finally !! I have life and exercise rituals in place which will enable me to reach the weight loss goal I have set myself and for me , that is simply to look good and feel good. Short, enjoyable, daily exercise rituals have become a part of my daily life. Nothing too strenuous. Activity during the day and restful sleep at night.
And after 20 weeks living and enjoying my new life exercise routine, I’ve decided to step up and purchase an aid which will help me target my abs. Have used one of these before but it was made from an inferior metal and it snapped. Could have had something to do with my weight at the time 🙂 . This latest one is inexpensive but of good quality. Have reviewed it so if you are interested in knowing more about it, just pop across to my Review Page. Just two words: “It works.”