Corona Curves

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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8 Comments Add yours

  1. gosforthgirl says:

    Hi…well done on your progress.. inspirational as always.

    Give up the’ll take a good fortnight to get used to it but it WILL work! Otherwise you are always accustomed to have sugar in your mouth.

    Your weight doesn’t sound high to start with!

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    1. Hmm – I’ve tried to get rid of the sugar in the drinks before – nope, can’t do it!! However – I don’t drink fizzy pop and I don’t indulge in cakes and cream buns and such, so I guess things sort of even out. I’d rather reduce the amount of tea I drink than try to drink it without sugar!!.
      You’re right – the weight isn’t really the issue (although I can feel my clothes are tighter on me). But there’s a flabbiness there that wasn’t there before!! I’m off to the gym at half six, that’ll help. xx


  2. Rachy T says:

    well done you on a good start! I am in the same position, excess wobble and clothes too tight … LOL! I am counting calories which I know works for me, treats only on weekends and more exercise. Good luck, you’ve got this 🙂


    1. Thanks!! I’m cross that I’ve let it happen – but definitely doing something about it!! You’ve got this too!


  3. SisterStay says:

    Same here! I weighed myself the other day and was shocked to see I have put on 3kg since I last weighed myself about 6 months ago. Too much cake and too little exercise during lockdown, I’m afraid. I have signed up to the SWEAT app now and it certainly makes me live up to its name. What a shame. I LOVE cake.


    1. Yup – too much time on the sofa drinking tea and eating bikkies over here. Well done for keeping on top of it.

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