Or Covid curves. Or love handles. Or middle-aged spread.
Whatever you want to call it – I don’t like it.
I’m 6lbs heavier than I was pre-Covid – and it all seems to be round my middle. It’s not a lot, but it needs to be sorted out.
So – I’m going to sort it out. And here’s how I plan to do it.
Thing One – back to the gym. My gym was closed, of course. Then it re-opened – but it was only a week, and I only managed three sessions, before we had a second lockdown here in West Yorkshire and they had to close again.
They’ve now been allowed to re-re-open, provided the sessions are outdoors. Luckily there’s outdoor space at the gym, with artificial turf and enough space for a maximum of 5 people to work while maintaining social distancing. I’ve only done one session – but I’m booked on a few more, not quite every other day, due to work commitments, but certainly 2 – 3 sessions a week.
And on non-gym days – at the very least a walk. No excuses.
Thing Two – I’m going to get a grip on the treats. I’ve been indulging more than’s normal for me. Too many bikkies, basically.
Portion control is the other thing – when the main lockdown was at its height, and I was picking stock and delivering orders to people in their cars, walking 6 – 8 miles a day and doing lots of lifting, I upped the amount I was eating, cos I needed to keep my strength up. Trouble is – I’m still eating the same amount, even though I’m now back to sitting at a desk designing kitchens again. It needs to stop now!!
Oh, and alcohol. I used to have a glass of wine or a bottle of beer on a Friday night and again on a Saturday night. Then I started having one on the night before a day off as well (I work shifts, so my days off follow no strict pattern). No more. Glass of wine on the night before a day off, and that’s it.
And cups of tea. I drink copious amounts of tea. And I have sugar in my tea. So that’s going to get reduced – a cup of tea in the morning, a coffee at lunchtime if I’m at work, and then maybe another cuppa during the evening. There’s no need for me to have more than that. The rest of the time I can drink water.
Here are the stats –
9th August – Day One – weight 9st 6lbs.
- breakfast – small portion of breakfast cereal, cup of tea
- brisk walk to 5-Rise Locks – 20 minutes
- at work 10:00 – 16:30
- lunch – a wholemeal bread bun with ham and cucumber, cherry tomatoes, satsuma
- dinner – a small portion of homemade chicken curry (made the normal amount, ate 1/3, froze the remaining 2/3 – normally I would have eaten half and frozen half) with a small portion of brown rice. Small portion of cherry yogurt.
- another walk to 5-Rise Locks. More of a saunter this time, picking blackberries. A couple of days early, I think – not many ripe ones, but loads that are nearly ready.
- supper – mug of tea
It’s probably important to also say what I didn’t have today. I didn’t have a second cup of tea and a couple of chocolate bikkies before I went to work. I didn’t have a caramel Wacko bar during my break at work. I didn’t dip into the sweets drawer at work (the department pretty much runs on chocolate and Haribo). I didn’t have a coffee. I took a water bottle and drank a whole litre of the stuff. And I didn’t have the usual bikkies with my evening cup of tea.
I’ve no idea how much that adds up to as regards fewer calories in and more calories out. But it’s a start.
10th August, weight 9st 4 3/4lbs.
I’ll report back in a week or so with my progress.
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