In my introductory post I briefly outlined what pushed me to finally try and get fit last year and how, while I successfully managed to keep going all year, I felt the overall results were a bit lack-lustre.
I definitely feel much fitter and I’ve lost 8lbs since I started last February. Not a bad start, but I still have a long way to go. This year I want to do better. I’m setting myself more defined weight and fitness goals to reach over the next six months:
1. Lose 18lbs
This will get me to the upper limit of my BMI (Body Mass Index) – 12st 7lb. I’m not a huge fan of the BMI scale, it’s very simplistic and definitely doesn’t work for everyone with all the different body types and compositions out there, but I know I need to lose quite a bit of weight and having a realistic goal to aim for – getting out of the “overweight” category – will help me stick to my plan.
I also don’t believe in concentrating on just weight loss, so I’ll be doing a lot of exercise too. If I do feel happy with my levels of body fat at any point in the process then I’ll try to stop losing weight.
I’m not doing anything particularly special in order to lose weight, just watching the diet (eating whole foods and trying to minimise the processed cakes sweets crisps and beer etc.) and upping the exercise, particularly stepping up the HIIT element of my workouts.
And I’ve bought some bathroom scales!
2. Become a lot stronger and more flexible
This year at the gym has highlighted something else – I’m not as strong as I thought I was! I didn’t think I was too bad, overweight and unfit yes, but I now also realise I’m really not very strong or flexible – my muscles and ligaments are in a pretty poor shape.
I can’t remember the last time I could touch my toes and I’ve only been able to do more than a couple of push-ups in the last few weeks.
As part of my workout so far I usually do a round of the resistance machines in the gym and a few floor exercises but I’m stepping up the amount and type of workouts I’m doing to push me harder and to make it more interesting.
I’m not sure how I’ll measure my progress in strength. I’m hoping I’ll at least be able to do a couple of pull ups in six months time!