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14 Stone by 2017

Even since I was 18, i’ve been overweight by some degree. I have heard a wealth of advice on what it means to be “fat”, but I know that the usual weight I tended to fluctuate around was 17 stone (about 110 Kg). I also knew that that was not a healthy weight - sure, I’m six foot three inches tall, so I’m a big bloke, but the usual mid forties belly never sat well on me.

So, last year, I decided to change. My new years’ resolution for 2015 was to get to 16 stones in weight, and by some miracle I managed to not only beat that, but handsomely; at one point I was down to 15 stones.

I could attribute all of this to some magical diet, but I didn’t really change a thing. I was more mindful about what I ate - laying off the snacks - and I took on a project that needed me to take a tube into London about once or twice a week, so I took the opportunity to walk to and from the station.

I think that’s what made the difference. Being more physically active meant that the weight fell off. I dropped two stones in about six months, and despite the usual bout of Christmas overeating, I’ve only managed to put on another five pounds. Right now, I’m fifteen stone five pounds.

But, of course, I’m not happy with that either. Having achieved so much in the last year, I’m now ready to keep going and push that little bit further. My target for 2017 is to get down to fourteen stones, and I know that will not come as easy, so I’m using data to track where I am at. I’m also treating this as a project, and it will have a number of steps in it; not least using the desire to lose further weight as an excuse to get running.

I haven’t set myself a ludicrous goal - all I want to be able to do is run a 5k without feeling like my heart is going to explode - and in the meanwhile I hope to be able to focus more on my diet, cut out the junk, and get down to fourteen stone. The reason for a project page on this site is that I intend to track my weight daily, and once a week write a confession page, so in the future I can look back and see where I went wrong, and what I did right.

So, here goes! Next update will be on Friday the 8th Jan.