The wait is over, time now to lose the weight

Dumbbells

Between 2006–2007 I lost six inches (15 cm) off my waist, through a combination of changing what I ate, lifting weights, and regular cycling. My motivation was to get fit in anticipation of our IVF treatment working and us having children; we now have three.

Fast forward seven years and sadly I’ve put it all back on again. A combination of being on the parent-of-twins’ sleep deprivation programme, two back injuries (from lifting babies and pushing buggies), two neck injuries (what happens when twins jump onto your head from behind), and last year’s episode of meningitis.

Back in September my GP told me not to push myself: meningitis takes it out of you. He predicted that my stamina might return in January or February of this year. Now we’re approaching the end of February I feel it’s time to start working myself a little harder. The fact that it’s Lent — traditionally a time of increased discipline — should also help.

My plan is that I’m going to start gently and gradually build up my level of fitness. My immediate ground rules are:

  • Drink more water
  • Go to bed earlier (sleep is really important)
  • No chocolate
  • No fizzy drinks
  • Lift weights (dumb bells) 2–3 times a week
  • Cycling 1–2 times a week

I have to admit to feeling a little nervous. I know that I’ve done this before, but back then I was younger and I didn’t so easily experience the back and neck pain that I can now. I’ve never really been good at pacing myself, it’s time for a crash course (I guess, without actually crashing).

I’ll report back with my progress.

2 thoughts on “The wait is over, time now to lose the weight”

  1. Wishing you much success in this!
    I had been working out consistently for about 2 1/2 weeks, then boom fell off the bandwagon, but getting back on again this week!

    It’s not easy, but if you’ve done it before you can definitely do it again! 🙂

  2. Good luck with all this. I’m doing similar at the moment.

    I can recommend fitnessblender.com (no personal link to them) for sensible advice around food and brilliant (free) workout videos. They combine weights, cardio, hiit and stretching and at lots of levels of ability. You can buy 4 or 8 week programmes to help with structure and they are pretty cheap (and not needed to access the workouts, which are always free).

    I started using their site last summer and have turned into a bit of an evangelist, which I certainly didn’t expect.

    (Commission free) sales pitch over 🙂

    Lisa

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