As of now, I have the following measurable improvements to report:
- I’m more than a stone down — not quite to a stone and a half, but close. My average has been close to a couple of pounds* a week, which is about where I was last time. In fact, this is the least I have weighed in about six years**.
- my clothes are fitting better — I am comfortable wearing shirts I haven’t worn in a while, and I am almost at the point of going down a jeans size.
- my running is easier – less stress on my joints, more power available to hurl myself along the route. I am consistently running well under ten minute miles, and seeing more runs in the low nines or even high eights. Now, some of this is undoubtedly down to continuing improvement from training, but the rapid speed increase seems likely to be more a function of weight.Also, my shorts fit better which is nice.
One of the things which I particularly want to celebrate is staying on programme during both the conference and the holiday.
Having said that, my latest weigh-in was a little disappointing: my measured weight was flat, despite having been as consistent in my eating as before. There are two factors which explain this, though. Firstly, I’m prepping for a routine medical procedure which requires me to follow a particular diet, and it has (ahem) changed my routines. Secondly, it’s colder so I am now wearing jeans rather than shorts.
So, things should return to normal in a week or two.
I’ve got about another stone to reach my goal, so we’ll see how we go.
[*] a kilogramme
[**] ie since I started at the current day job and the ready availability of delicious snacks overcame the last vestiges of willpower.