Feeling comfortable in my own skin has always been something of a mission of mine. Last year I managed to lose two stone, and I started running. I even completed my first half marathon and am signed up to do it all again this year.
Like many other men and women who have tried to lose weight, I’ve had some pretty unsuccessful experiences.
Take 2016 for example. I started the year at a weight I was happy with, but the end of 2016, I’d put all that weight back on again. It’s something of a viscous cycle that felt like a constant occurrence in my life.
In 2017 I was determined to lose the weight and keep it off for good. Thankfully, I lost two stone and so far I have managed to keep the weight off. I think the main different this time around for me is the running.
In my past experiences it’s always been all about the food, but this time around it’s about balance. Running helps to keep me motivated, which helps me want to eat well. Of course, I also enjoy the odd treat and takeaway too.
I’ve found that keeping a food diary, and weighing myself every day definitely helps me to stay in control of my weight.
It may seem extreme to weigh every day, but it’s something that works for me. It helps me to stay on top of my weight.
A food diary helps me to be accountable of what I eat. I just write down what I eat on the note section of my phone, nothing fancy! By doing this I’m more aware of what I’m eating because I know that if I have to write down ‘x’ number of chocolate bars or packets of crisps, takeaways etc, then I’ll guilty!
As I said above, I do allow myself to have the odd treat, but it’s all moderation. By keeping track of what I eat, I can watch out for any patterns that may cause me to put weight back on etc.
At 9st8, I’m the happiest and fittest I’ve ever been. Weight loss isn’t easy, but trying to keep the weight off and maintain it is even harder!