O noes!

I had a meeting yesterday so I needed to be all smart, suit and tie and all that.  It’s been a while, normally I’m working from home, so shorts and a t-shirt are fine, especially when it’s hot like it is at the moment.

Anyway, on with a shirt, humm, thats a bit snug.

Suit trousers.


There’s a problem.  an inch, maybe two separates the button from the hole.

This isn't my waist, but it will be in a year if I dont watch it


Seems Christmas was a bit more over indulgent that I realised.

I’m not having that – I’m not getting properly fat, that is just not not going to happen, so it’s diet and exercise time.   I always used to be fit, but I’ve lost the enthusiasm for it here in Australia – its too hot for a good chunk of the year for one thing.   I think, however, that thats really just an excuse. I think that being, lets say, above ideal weight, has made me more susceptible to the heat.

So, its suck it up time.

No more lard, watch what I eat, beer and wine are out for the time being, at least until I get back to where I was a few months ago.  And exercise is back in.

The plan is an hour long walk along the beach every day until my sore Achilles tendon in my left ankle eases off a bit (pretty sure thats due to inactivity rather than anything else) – then I might attempt a run, we’ll see.  Running and I don’t go well together, I have a really sore spot in my lower back, but again, that might just be lack of fitness, so up the fitness and we’ll see happens.   After the running comes breakfast and morning coffee.  Recovery and wake up in one move.

Then work, no snacking.  Lunch will be light sandwich, salads, fish perhaps.

Then, every afternoon after work, its an hour on the bike.  I love cycling but there’s not the network of bridle paths and little back roads that I love for mountain biking in the UK, so I’ve kinda just stopped, which is stupid.   Back on the bike.  And a very light, mostly salad based dinner after that.

Every day, 7 days a week for as long as it takes, no cheating.  I’ll keep you posted

This all sounds very hard, but my walk this morning was no great hardship.

10 Comments on “O noes!

  1. Hehehe, I am on the same thing myself. Not because of Christmas indulgence, but I’ve suddenly observed that I’ve been letting myself go in the last 5 years, being a sedentary office worker. So it’s walk walk walk and run every once in a while when my manky knee can handle it.

    For me though, biggest thing is cutting out junk. No more chocolate, sweet stuff, junk food!


    • I think a thicker middle is one of those almost inevitable things about getting older unless you’re really disciplined about keeping in shape and you’re dead right – work is probably the greatest contributor to this! booo to work! Hehe!

      I’ve cut out alcohol, 1/2ed my portion sizes, eating salads instead of potatoes, no junk food and limiting myself to just 2 teeny squares of choccy per day.

      The walking is absolutely killing my back, so I’m having to do every other day at the moment until I can get to a physio. It’s ok for 1/2 hour, but the hour is too much. Crap isn’t it – I’m not even 40 yet!


  2. Good luck with the walks. You and running? er that I would have to see. I’ m planning to lose my Christmas extras getting the boat rigged and ready, but then I shall need a glass of wine to recover, but can I keep it to one glass!


    • Yeah, running was probably one of those in my head idealistic things, its never going to happen!
      I’ll be off the booze until you get back from your travels!


  3. Do you know so many people can relate to this post? Beer and wine are ALOT of empty calories. So is soda. That was my issue which I had to cut out just to get back to my normal weight of 12 pounds smaller. I did it, and I’m back in my regular clothes so I know you can do it. Ask your wife to do it with you, it would be fun!


    • Hehe – yeah, I expect every adult over a certain age has woken up one day and found that their trousers are snug! I’ve cut out the alcohol and limiting myself to only 2 teeny squares of choccy a day. The only cans I drink are diet, but I’ve ditched those in favour of water too.

      12lbs lost is pretty cool – how long did it take you? I reckon that’ll take me about 3 to 4 months if I’m disciplined. Watch this space!


      • It didn’t take me long Charlie, a month tops. Well that’s because I ate more veggies than normal, worked out everyday in my own home, and just visualized my weight in my head. After I achieved my goal, then I slowly went back to eating regular but not over doing it like I did before.

        It’s really about what you eat and how much of it you eat. To me, it’s okay to eat the some of the same things but you have to tweak the recipe and make it yourself. I saw on “The View” they had an healthier alternative for chocolate cake: Chocolate cake mix with Diet soda. Yes, Diet Soda in place of the oil and eggs. And it looked moist so I will try that.


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