I am not overweight. On the contrary, I am officially ‘slim’ (according to the recent letter from the consultant I saw about my lymphoedema).
Using the NHS BMI calculator, I am ‘a healthy weight’, and my BMI is about 24. This is towards the upper end of the healthy weight band. For much of my adult life (until I had children, in my early 30s), my BMI was just under 20 – towards the lower end of the healthy weight band. And that is where I would prefer it to be now.
Interestingly, the NHS BMI calculator says that I am ‘in the healthy weight range, but at the higher end’ and advises me to ‘keep an eye on your weight and to try to stay in the healthy range’.
I’ve been hoping to lose this weight and trying to lose this weight for many years, with varying degrees of success. All I had lost crept back on during last year, when I was struggling with the bad leg (and not being able to be as active as usual).
If I lose a stone, this will bring me to pretty much the middle of the healthy weight range.
I believe that losing this weight will assist my general health, and in particular help my leg to continue to improve. Hence my decision that I will lose a stone this year.
Note that this time I am not aiming to lose it, or hoping to lose it. I have decided that I will lose it. Will that mindset make it easier, or harder, or make no difference? We’ll see, but my belief is that when I tell myself I will do something, I allow myself fewer excuses and get-out clauses.
My plan is not to ‘go on a diet’, nor to exercise madly. My plan is to simply eat thoughtfully and carefully, in moderation, and exercise regularly and frequently.
In January I lost 1.5k. Which is not a lot, but nor is it nothing. If I carry on like that for the whole year I will have lost far more than the stone (and more than would be good for me). At that rate, to reach my ideal weight (which would mean losing about 2 stone) would only take me 8-9 months. So I know that I can achieve my goal of 1 stone, which should take just 4-5 months. The only question is, will I stick at it?
Just doing those calculations, I persuaded myself that I can lose not just the stone, but go on to lose the two stone – not something I believed at the beginning of January when I decided on this goal.
A few weeks ago I walked into town to buy the ingredients for making marmalade. I carried home a bag with 1k of oranges and 2k of sugar. It felt really heavy. I’m carrying 4 times that lot around with me all day every day, that I really don’t need. Something to remember…..
I’m hoping that by telling you lot I’m going to do it, I’ll be more careful to stick at it and won’t let myself off the hook quite so readily. I plan to report back once a month.
Want to join me?