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Witness the Fitness

Image by Taco Fleur from Pixabay

As you might know, I have been busy working out a plan for shedding the excess weight that I’ve been carrying around with me for the last ten years or so.

Having listened to Joe Rogan speaking about self-discipline on his podcast recently, I have a better understanding of what I need to do to make some real improvements to my health and well-being.

So, here are some of the tips that I have picked up while researching my weight loss plan.

  • ONLY DRINK WATER.
  • GET UP EARLY (0600) – GO TO BED EARLY (2200) – AIM FOR 8-HOURS SLEEP.
  • FOLLOW A 16/8 I.F. PLAN. NO FOOD BETWEEN 1800 & 1000.
  • WALK FOR TWO HOURS EVERY DAY EXCEPT SUNDAY – TWO 1-HOUR SESSIONS SPLIT BETWEEN A.M. & P.M.
  • WORK TOWARDS 100 SIT-UPS AND 100 PUSH-UPS PER DAY (THIS CAN BE SPREAD OUT THROUGH THE DAY).
  • INCREASE MY INTAKE OF LOW-CARB FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
  • ONLY EAT THREE TIMES PER DAY, BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER.

It isn’t rocket science. Eat well, cut out the crap and move more. I’m still working out the format for how I’m going to record this journey. I could do a vlog and post that video here each day. I’m not going to use Youtube if at all possible. I have a small video camera that I can use. It produces video in the correct format and at a high enough quality. I’ll talk about my progress, and about how I’m feeling. It will be unfiltered, raw footage.

Look out for some test videos soon.

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70: The Obesity Inversion

Obesity is the most significant health crisis facing most of the western world. And so it is in my house.

I have struggled with being overweight for most of my adult life, and now I can see a similar pattern emerging with my son.

Several weeks ago I decided to follow an elementary form of intermittent fasting. The rules are quite simple, eat whatever you like, but only within a small window during the day.

So, I stop eating at around 6 pm every day, and then fast until at least lunchtime the following day. That’s it.

My wife is doing the same and seems to be doing okay. My son, on the other hand, is piling on the pounds. I think that it is down to a lack of regular daily exercise, combined with consuming too many “treats”.

So, what am I to do? Well, the first thing is to increase the amount of exercise that Karta does each day. Now, instead of driving to the school gates to collect him, I park a couple of miles away and walk to the school; then, we walk back to the car together. It adds around 40 minutes to our day, but the benefits are twofold. I get in a solid 90 minutes of daily exercise, and Karta receives what he needs.

As far as his diet is concerned, I try to send him into school with a good packed lunch and plenty to drink. Once home, I limit him to one small snack, in the shape of a piece of fruit.

I try to give him his main meal if the day before 5 pm, then he is only allowed to drink water until his breakfast the following morning at 7 am.

I hope that we can begin to reverse the weight gain to a reasonable level, given that Karta is at the age when boys need to put on a few pounds, so we have to get it right.

Onwards and upwards.

 

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48: Yogo

I woke up this morning and realised that I need to start doing yoga. 

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47: September, again

Life is moving along at a reasonably rapid pace these days.

I’m only weeks away from turning 50. Will I make it to 100, not unless I make some changes?!

So, nothing too fancy. Put good things into my body in moderation, convert some of that energy into movement and hopefully, I’ll be on my way to another fifty years on this planet.

Taking this approach to my health feels like the start of something sustainable.

A friend took a photo of me yesterday; when she showed it to me, I nearly fell off the chair. It is strange how reality can do that sometimes. Seeing an image of myself in profile made me realise just how bad things have become.

If I don’t make the changes that I need to make to my lifestyle, right now, I doubt I’ll have much more than twenty years left.

Living a modest life, free from stress, is all that I need.

I’ll meditate daily, open my heart and go with my gut feeling to guide me. If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t.

September is about my son, my wife and myself. The three things that I need to put all of my energy into now.

That is all.

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37: Falling Down

As I made my way into the living room this morning, I failed to negotiate the giant fan that was in the doorway. I caught it as I stepped over it, and fell flat on my face.

As a big fat man, falling like that has ramifications. Everything aches, my neck is especially sore.

Note to self, try not to fall again, at least until I lose a ton of weight.

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12: Ketogenisis

April has been an exciting month for me, so far!

Being nonline (except for minimal Instagram use) has been refreshing. I have more time to concentrate on doing the things that add value to my life.

One of those things is finally making a lifestyle change with regards to what I put in my mouth. Rhona and I have both been very successful in controlling our weight by following a low-carb diet. When we first met, some 13 years ago, we were both following the Atkins Diet Plan. We were both slim, fit and healthy.

After we got married and Karta came along, things changed. Rhona had to ditch the low-carb lifestyle during her pregnancy, and I followed suit. Within a year we were both heavy again, although Rhona had an excuse, she had just been carrying and then given birth to our son. I didn’t want to complicate things, and so I ate the same food.

Ever since then we have both struggled to keep out weight under control. The solution seemed simple enough, go back to a way of eating that enabled us to control our weight easily.

So, after years of trying every diet plan under the sun, we have committed ourselves to following a Ketogenic way of eating. Low-carb, high fat & high protein.

The simplest way to describe it this, we will not eat bread, starchy vegetables such as potatoes and other root vegs, anything sold as low fat, pasta, rice and beans.We will increase the amount of animal protein and fat that we eat, but not have to count calories.

We have spoken to Karta about it, and he feels like he could do it with us. We’ve warned him to stay away from sweets and crisps and to try and choose things like berries, Babybel cheese and Peperami style sausage etc.

As always, my aim here is to lose the excess weight and improve my fitness. However, I won’t be doing any more exercise than the walking that I do at the moment. By writing about it here, I am also holding myself to account, not that anyone is listening!

JP

 

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6: Inspiration

I used to run, every day with a long run thrown in at the weekend.

This article in the Guardian might make me start again.

‘There is a thrill to seeing your stomach getting flatter’: why I run