No Year’s Resolution

When I went to the gym this morning I saw people lining up to join. I felt slightly smug to be a regular, not some loser who only signs up in the beginning of January only to drop out after a few weeks.

On the other hand I’m no better. I let my “new lifestyle” slip completely during November and December and had to pay dearly in the hard currency of BMI points. But now, with the new year like fresh virgin snow ahead of me, I know I’ll stick to the straight and narrow and reach my goal effortlessly.

Yeah. Right.

The goal is to reach BMI 25 by the end of the year. That means I need to drop 7 points over a year or just over 0.5 point per month. When you put it like that it doesn’t seem so difficult.

My plan is to keep my personal combination of 5:2 diet and Dukan’s attack phase. This means that two days every week I eat a diet containing mostly protein. Dukan says exclusively protein, but I like to add something little on the side. Being a foodie and all that.

Also my aim is to exercise at least five days every week.

The first challenge, of course, is that I go on holiday next week. Need to rest after Christmas. Let’s see how that tallys with my snowy bright vision of the future.

BMIJan2018a
Up 0.6 since November.

Taking Consequences

From now my intention is to blog weekly to report on my progress. There are two reasons for this. One – most humble – is that maybe I can inspire other chubby foodies to find a way to kick-start that old metabolism. The other is purely egoistic: I gather that if I go public with my struggles it will motivate me to keep on the straight and narrow. I shall not want to lose face and admit that I haven’t lost BMI points. Let’s see if that works.

Well, I’m here to tell you that after a rather bumpy ride this autumn I was quite pleased to be approaching a BMI of 31. That’s when I got the opportunity to have a long weekend in Milan, a treat I couldn’t resist. I even decided to put all ideas about sensible eating on hold and just indulge, well aware that there would be consequences.

I’m a pasta addict. I love Italian food and there was no way I wouldn’t let myself enjoy four days in this fantastic city.

There were consequences, of course. When I came back my weighing machine told me I was up to 32.8. But, with my wonderful new lifestyle after ten days I’m down to 31.7 and I haven’t even suffered. Much.

My goal is to be down below 30 in January. That will be a challenge, but it’s not inconcievable. My long term goal is to reach BMI 25 before the end of 2018. And stay there. Please cheer me on!

BMIOct2017
This shows my BMI loss before I went to Italy.