The Challenge of Weight Maintenance

For the first 4 months of 2019 I have struggled with my weight.

This started with Xmas and has carried on. I have attempted to  loose some of the weight gain but it has proved difficult. As a result I suspect I may be close to being back into the range of Type 2 Diabetes. I just glad I’ve not been tested and I have time to try harder to prevent this lapse.

Apart from concerns with certain family members the main reason seems to be returning to old eating habits. My level of exercise is fine, it’s what I’m eating that is the root cause. Slipping back to ‘comfort eating’ is the downfall. “You are what you eat”.

What I’m trying to do now is say, “I can only eat what’s in the cupboards’, ‘if I don’t buy it I can’t eat it’.  This means being more careful when doing my food purchases. Walk past the sweeties, the cakes, the ice cream tubs, the single puddings. Don’t buy the mocha with cream (and the ginger snap biscuits) at the rail station. That’s where I believe I’m going wrong.

I’m not going on holiday this summer. Normally on holiday I do lots of steps. My record 1 day total was 29,233 achieved wandering around Colmar. I’ve done over 20,000 steps several times. To give me an incentive,  I’ve signed up to do the Diabetes UK One Million Step Challenge. Between 1st July and end of September I’m going to walk 1 million steps, about 500 miles (walking the Serengeti in Fitbit terms) or 10,000 steps per day. I’m not expecting this to help me loose weight but help to control what weight I am when I start.  To be honest it’s not much of a difference in how far I walk anyway, just a wee stretch. And I’m not fussy about the fund-raising rewards for participating.

About Stuart Smith

Live on the East Coast of Scotland with views of the Isle of May and Bass Rock out my window. Retired and giving up political activity gradually as no-one locally is interested.
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