Carry On Carrying On

Carry On Carrying On

Updated Jan, 16th 2013

In March I left my old career with a sackful of cash, some theoretically transferrable skills, and a health problem. 

First I resolved to take 30 minutes of exercise each day. My old job had a commute, with walking and stairs and crowded tubes. So I needed to replace that. 

Then, in June, I started logging what I eat. Apart from a couple of days on holiday when I couldn't get access, I've noted down everything I've eaten since then. 

On odd days I don't exercise -- I'm too busy doing other things, or I did so much the day before that rest is called for. But by and large, yup, every day. 

I started with walking, a little light badminton with my family, dance mat games and Wii Fit on the Wii. The badminton got more serious (I'm getting some coaching now, and playing in relaxed clubs), and in September I started C25K. I run very very slowly. I was elated when I first did a 5k: now I think of a 5k as a short training run. 

In 2013 I would like to improve my 5k time. I am also planning to run a half marathon in March. Once I've done that I don't know whether I will carry on with distance running. It takes a lot of time. 

Although I've done some strength work, in particular counter press-ups and later stair press-ups (I'm on the third stair at the moment), I'd like to incorporate a structured, progressive weights workout into my routine in 2013. Because I'm heavy, there's a sense in which whatever I do has some resistance in it. But more. I'm using bodyweight and dumbbells at the moment, but I still find it hard to squeeze in three strength workouts a week. If I can keep up three times a week until June, I will reward myself with one of: a membership to a gym with a good free weights room and support, or a bench and a pair of nifty quick-adjust dumbbells. Or something like that. 

I've lost 40 pounds since starting logging my eating in June. In 2013 I'd like to lose another 40 pounds. 

I'm feeling better, I'm looking better, and I'm a load fitter. I just need to not lose focus, and carry on. I can do that, right? Onward 2013!

I've joined the Fitocracy group as well. 

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