I’ve learned the hard way that starting a diet on 1 January does not work for me. I’ve also learned the hard way that the word ‘diet’ brings me out in a rash and sends me divebombing into the closest tub of Cadburys Dairy Milk.
My aim this year, as I mentioned in my resolutions, is to become fit and healthy. This will unfortunately involve exercise and large dollops of self motivation. I won’t be ‘on a diet’. I will be eating healthy food. (BBC Good Food is great for meal inspiration. Sod weight loss magazines.)
This does excite me yet at the same time I know the hard bit is once the honeymoon period has worn off. But I’m prepared. I’m surrounding myself with people who are in a similar boat. Shauna Reid, the blogger who lost an amazing eighty kilos and has written an inspirational book The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl is looking to re-lose a few kilos. I will be reading her blog and I’ve adopted the spreadsheet she has on her Diet & Fitness Resources page for my own inspirational (I hope) weight loss chart. I also intend to open other tabs within the spreadsheet documenting my running times and distance as my fitness increases and I pluck up the courage to run again. At the moment I’m sticking to the exercise DVDs and Wii dance.
I have a friend in real life (oh yes I have!) and we have spoken loosely about running again in February. We’ll use the various apps on the iphone to go from walk jog running to running for thirty minutes within about six weeks. So today husband and I went to a specialist running shop and bought ourselves some new trainers. Our old ones were disgusting and felt like we were running in PE plimsolls.
I now have all the equipment I need. There are now no excuses. I’ll update with my progress.
Oh. And I start on Monday.(Gives me a chance to buy healthy food. At the moment we’re living off what’s left in cupboard and freezer after Christmas!)