I'm not one for new years resolutions but one thing that I always struggle with is being healthy and staying in shape. Last year I lost around two stone on the slimming world diet, I was very proud of myself and I looked the best I had for a long time. Fast forward about three months after that and I had put that weight back on. I am now probably the heaviest I have ever been at around 17 stone.
How am I going to get "Dad Fit" in 2018?
I've got to get fitter, I get out of breath now a lot quicker than I used to. When I bend down to tie my shoes my stomach hurts because nearly all the weight I put on goes to this area. Something has to change.
- I need to get back to gym at least three times a week
- My diet seriously needs to change
- I need to drink more water
These are three of the main things that to lose weight and stay healthy everyone needs to do!
No pain no gain. Shut up and train!
I have been a member of Nuffield gym for around 6 years now, not that you can tell by looking at me. I love going to the gym but having two young children has made it more difficult to go on a regular basis, or maybe this is just an excuse as I have not been as motivated as before.
I need to have a browse online and pick out a couple of workouts that I can do at the gym that I won't be bored by after a few weeks. This is a simple enough task and I will take a small notebook with me into to the gym to write my exercises, weights, reps and sets in so that I can see any improvements I am making.
One thing that will make my gym sessions and healthy side better is eating something immediately after my workout. This is something that is quite hard for me as after I leave the gym it generally takes me around 40 minutes to get home and then I will have my tea. By this time over an hour has passed which isn't ideal for restoring some of that energy I have lost during a workout.
I was recently sent some 40% protein bars from Multipower to try out. These are ideal for after workouts!
I'm not generally a fan of protein bars as I think they leave a powdery taste in your mouth for a while afterwards. This wasn't the case with these bars. I was sent peach yoghurt, chocolate almond and blueberry flavours. I don't like blueberries but this bar was easily my favourite. These are an essential in my gym bag now to give me that protein boost after a workout.
Fitness is my motto. Fitness pizza in my mouth that is.
I love pizza. I love chocolate. I love everything that isn't healthy for me. Hence why I am rather round currently. My diet needs to change, I know this. My wife has recently turned vegan and as such, I am eating slightly better even though I am not vegan. My main weakness is chocolate. If I can cut out the snacking I know I will lose some weight without doing much else.
The main thing I need to do here is make a meal plan. Then I have to stick to it. I'll do some research on what foods I can eat as snacks that are healthy. I need to keep myself full throughout the day so that I don't snack on things like chocolate. I have done it before so I know I can do it. I just have to stick to it!
Every day I'm Guzzlin'
Water, water and more water. I know it helps your hair, skin and your whole body. I need to aim for 2 litres a day minimum. This is hard when you have a job where you cant carry water with you throughout the day. I will aim to keep a bottle of water near my desk so as I pass by it I can take a sip and hopefully by the end of my shift I will have drank it all.
How will I do all of this?
It's as simple as that. I need to have the willpower. I want to lose weight, I want to eat healthier. I am going to set myself a few goals. My actual weight isn't that important to me as long as I feel good but I feel as though I need something that I can track on a monthly basis to see that what I am doing is working.
Are you planning on getting fitter this year? Feel free to share your plans with me!