Switching to a healthier, lighter lifestyle


For a while now I have been thinking I need to shift some pounds. It’s been at the back of my mind constantly whenever I buy a pint at the pub or have that Chinese takeaway on a Wednesday evening, you know that kind of lazy eating habit we all have found ourselves with at some point in our lives.

It finally hit home in Early December last year when I put my big chinos on and I noticed they were, all of ย a sudden, too small! So I made the decision to actually make a change in the new year.

2016 ended and we are now well and truly in 2017, almost at the end of January and I have made a good start but I have to say I’m less than thrilled with the results so far. I have made a lot of lifestyle changes like cutting alcohol down to weekends only, eating healthier food and smaller portions, leaving the car in the garage and walking everywhere instead, actually putting my gym membership to use! All of which are showing signs of working but it only seems temporary.

Using the money I got at Christmas I bought myself a FitBit. I had one of these devices a couple of years ago and they really help with motivation. I like to see what I’m doing in graph form and see how my activity level directly effects my health and as a result my weight and self confidence.

With the FitBit I also use the MyFitnessPal app. This app allows me to easily log what calories I have eaten in the day in order to stay within my pre-set calorie limits. This app is great, I used it a lot when I lost weght about 4 years ago, again allowing me to see what I am doing directly on the screen. Since it’s on my mobile I never forget to log my calories, even if it’s a snack from the shop when in town.

I have set my weight loss plan to “hard” on the Fitbit website. This means that they have calculated a 1000 calorie deficit for me each day. When I tell people about this I often get a response along the lines of “seems ย bit extreme to me”. Well, when you actually think about it the way they have calculated this is quite clever; knowing my BMR (the amount of calories needed for my body to stay alive if I just stayed in bed all day – basically the minimum possible calorie burn for my body in a day) is approximately 2100, they add on the calorie burn calculated by the tracker and then minus off the deficit. This is a safe way to do burn more than you have eaten.

The problem I have been facing with the way the experts are saying I should be conducting my weight loss is that I can’t seem to eat enough! On my more active days I have been burning up to 5100 calories (BMR + activity), trying to eat 4100 calories in a day is pretty difficult, never mind expensive!

The results on the scales have been a little disconcerting. I started off at 103kg and I am aiming for between 80 and 85kg then I’ll be happy. Not a lot, but just enough! Over the last few weeks I have seen the scales read 101kg, then the next week 104kg. I don’t know what it is but my activity and my diet seem to have been pretty consistent. Maybe my body is just sorting itself out, we shall see.

I am going to try to keep posting about this at least once a week so I can log how I have been feeling and what I have been doing so watch this space!

Any advice? Please comment below as it will be greatly appreciated!

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Author: Mark

Hey! I'm a 32 year old guy living in Reading, UK. I work full time for the family business as a bookkeeper amongst other things too! I have a wordpress blog - come visit my blog at markthinks.net there'a a bit of everything! :-)

5 thoughts on “Switching to a healthier, lighter lifestyle”

  1. I’m having the same issue. I started tracking my life as well and I was eating far too few calories. I upped them and I lost a bit of weight (5 pounds) but that was it. I’m sort of stuck between gaining 2 and losing 2 over and over. It’s frustrating but I try to look at it like this, I’m making healthier choices and living a healthier life and in time I hope that the scale will reflect that. It’s still really irritating. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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