Let’s just jump straight in. I’ve gained a lot of fat this year and lost a lot of fitness. This has not been a pleasant experience and I am now on a mission to shed the flab and get back to full fitness. Here are a few very general reasons why:
- I feel lethargic, grumpy, and generally crappy
- I don’t look as good as when I was leaner
- My clothes feel uncomfortable and tight
- I can’t exercise as hard or as long
- I’m a fitness journalist & trainer, so I need to look the part!
I could go add lots more points to this list about being healthier, staying “young”, and so on, but, rightly or wrongly, the above are my main motivations.
How could I let this happen?!
The temptation is to do what I’ve seen so many other people do over the years – get angry with myself for putting all the weight* on and generally beat myself up about not exercising enough and eating too much of the “wrong” foods over the last few months. Then I could punish my lazy ass by spending hours every day working out and eating like a sparrow.
But I’ve also seen the results that come from that strategy – usually a big drop in weight in the first few weeks, followed by a plateau, followed by frustration that no progress is being made despite all the work and starvation, followed by giving up.
I’ll be covering why this happens and what really does work if you want get fit and lean a lot in this blog. The cool thing is, I now have to opportunity to use my own fat loss experience as an example!
On a mission
So, rather than get down about the fact that I’ve got fatter and less fit, I’m going to treat it as an opportunity to work on a really exciting project, one which will not only help me get my body back, but also gives me a great reason to try first-hand some of the weight loss tactics, supplements and strategies I write about as a fitness journalist. I’d love to share this journey with you, whether you’re on your own mission to lose weight and/or get fitter, or just interested in fitness, weight management, or setting and achieving any kind of life-enhancing goal.
If you were wondering about that title of this post, now you have a clue! I am approaching this as a project and my objective is to get back to the body fat percentage I had when I was really happy with my body composition, about two years ago – 18%.
I am in this position now mainly because work kind of took over my life over the last couple of years. Ironically, building my new fitness website alongside my freelance journalism commitments left me with very little time to exercise and, as I took my eye of the ball on the fitness side, I got into some bad eating habits too.
Time is an issue that stops a lot of people from exercising and habit is a huge factor when it comes to eating for most people, so I’m looking forward to dealing with those in the posts to come on this blog. Hopefully me sharing what I’ve learned from this experience, and will continue to learn as I go through this process, will help a lot of other people break through those barriers to get the body they want too.
Fat loss friends
Through my work as a fitness journalist I have connections with some of the world’s top experts in fitness, healthy eating, and weight loss and I’ll be getting input from many of them as well as speaking to ordinary folk like you and me to discover what has worked for them in their lives.
I want to keep these blog posts quite short so I’ll leave it at that for today. But there is a lot more to come. I will share the specifics of how much fat I have to lose, what my fitness goals are and how I intend to get there in my next post. I’m also going to attempt to take a “before” photo later today which, if I can possibly bear it, I’ll post on the blog for you to see.
Give us a wave!
I intend to post to this blog every day, so do please pop back for the next installment. In the meantime, I’d love it if you’d be one of the first to leave me a comment. I am fortunate because I have a good level of knowledge on weight loss and know my around a gym, but a bit of encouragement would still really help me on my way too!
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*Sometimes I’m going to use the vernacular and talk about weight loss when I really I’m referring to fat loss. I’ll talk more about how those two are not technically the same thing in later posts. But you know what I mean!