2 years ago today I started my new way of life. I knew from past failed attempts that it wouldn’t be easy. And surprise surprise I was right.
It is still a struggle, but one I’m continuing to face down and crack on with. Have I lapsed? Of course I have, last Christmas especially, but I am still pedalling, still concious of what goes in my gob and still doing my post ride upper body stuff.
I think after 2 years I have now proven (to myself anyway), that I have got an addiction to food. Why that should be I have no idea. Doing my amateur psychologist bit, the only “trauma” (and I use the term loosely) I remember was being bullied for my first 3 years at Senior School. It was crap, hurtful, lonely, painful, all of those things, but you soldier on and forget about it. I’m not aware of it affecting me in anyway long term. Maybe I’m just assembled incorrectly? Or more likely a greedy lazy bastard.
What advice can I give you from my hard earned experiences? In no particular order:
1. Regular weigh ins.
2. Keep a diary or blog.
3. Have a plan.
4. STICK TO IT!
5. Choose a weight loss eating routine that you can live with.
6. Choose an excercise regime you enjoy.
7. Don’t let it become a chore.
9. Get family and friends on side.
10. DON’T EVER STOP!
I’ve learned quite a lot about myself this last 2 years. I know I’m weak, easily distracted, look for excuses not to do the right thing, crave food and beer and be lazy. But I’ve also learned that I can eat the right stuff, I can consume in moderation and I can bang out the miles for excercise.
But the main thing I’ve learned about this whole thing is something we all know anyway. This isn’t easy, it’s hard work. Very hard. But it is actually a very simple concept. Don’t over complicate it.
And what we all know is that the only way out is to eat less and excercise more. Get your head around that fact and you’re in with a chance.