Since February this year I've decided to look after myself more. I wanted to find a way to get more active and do something I could easily do.
A friend told me they walk to work. It's 5.4 mile to work and same back.
I began by doing half of that and now do the full trip on foot.
I was 17 stone 2lb when I began. Today I weighed myself at Boots and I am 15 stone 2lb.
In addition to this I started doing sit ups and push ups each morning and night. As daft as it sounds I started at 1 sit up and 1 push up and add an extra 1 to both each week. I'm now up to 16 of each twice a day and my arms are getting bigger, so is my chest, (almost lost my man boobs now) and my stomach is getting flatter.
These aren't the only benefits. I'm saving about £60 per month in fuel.
I also find after a stressful day at work, the walk home let's me clear my head.
At first the temptation to just jump in the car was fairly strong. It would take me about 45 mins to get to work each morning in traffic and about an hour to get home. Walking there and back takes me just over 2 hours a day. So for the price of about 20 minutes lost time by walking, I'm fitter and better off financially and emotionally so I'd say that's a bargain.
I am finding I'm not losing weight as quickly as I did at first and I'm not sure why that is. I can still grab an inch so there's still plenty to lose but I manage to lose maybe one or two pound a week if I'm lucky.
I tried to compensate the slow weight loss by eating only 1,000 calories a day, but that made me feel ill so I've gone back to 2,000 calories a day.
All in all its a win win and I find it so easy to fit into my day now. The walk to work and back is getting slightly quicker each week on average but the weight loss isn't as fast as it once was.
Anyway, if you find you sit in traffic why not ditch the car and walk to work or park up half way to work and walk.
I now cycle of an evening with my son for about 30 mins 3 or 4 times a week, we swim on Sundays and when he plays hockey Saturday mornings I walk round and round the hockey field till its time to go home.
I do feel hungry pretty much all the time now and after a cycle a little light headed. Someone told me to increase the calories I take in and I guess I might have to, though that seems to be defeating the object.
I'm going to swap walking for cycling to work when the weather breaks, would have done sooner but umbrellas and bikes don't go well together lol.
Anyway, if anyone knows why weight loss might slow down, even though there's plenty there to lose still, please let me know.
I use the same scales at Boots and now wear shorts and a Tshirt when I weigh myself each week. I'd go down to my birthday suit but i don't think Boots customers are ready for that sight yet....lol
Thanks for reading and any tips on how to maintain a steady weight loss each week, please let me know.