I love the idea of new beginnings and sometimes go out of my way to manufacture them just to give me a chance to reset.
Today seems like a good day for new beginnings, or more accurately, just a continuation of what I’ve been doing (but thinking about it as new gives it some extra zest, interest and excitement).
It’s February 1st 2012, (the first day of the month is a great excuse to do something positive and exciting) and I’ve embarked on the latest stage of my fat loss campaign – One Meal A Day to Six-Pack Abs!
I’m going to continue my one meal a day diet and lose the last of the excess weight and get my body fat percentage to a point where I can see my abdominal muscles.
This is something I started last year when I was at 205 lbs (I’m 6ft tall & 43yrs old BTW). I’m currently 173 lbs and estimate that I need to lose about 10 – 15 lbs to get the result I desire (but that’s pure guesswork).
Because it’s a huge opportunity and I’m not going to let it slip through my fingers.
There was one time in my life when I had abs and it was for the briefest time, it lasted weeks and I didn’t even appreciate it at the time.
Since then all sorts of things have happened in my life and a flat stomach was no longer a priority – it didn’t even weigh on my mind.
Until life started taking its toll as it inevitably does.
Career progression, a young family, loved ones passing away, financial worries, 30s turning into 40s – So many things that contribute to an overall sense that life isn’t the way it should be with the confirmation coming from the fact that you’re overweight.
When your belly is hanging over your waistband it’s an almost constant reminder of how far you’ve slipped and how far you need to go to get back again. It’s doubly demoralising!
You see it first thing in the morning when you sit on the edge of your bed to get up. You see it last thing at night as you get back into bed.
All through the day your waistband is tight because you can’t justify the expense of buying bigger clothes. You feel bloated and heavy and sluggish. Your clothes look dreadful on you because they’re cut to fit a shape that you’re not!
Of course your image doesn’t define who you are, I know that. It’s what you think and feel and do that defines you. But mostly what you do.
And clearly by the size of my belly, I was shovelling too much food into my pie hole and exercising too little.
But when all is said and done, it doesn’t matter how I got into that state. It just happened. It creeps up on you when you take your eye off the ball.
That isn’t making excuses, it’s just life and I don’t feel bad about it because it’s wasted effort.
Like I said, it’s what you do that counts.
So I did something.
I decided that whatever happens I was going to fix one thing in my life. I was going to lose the weight once and for all. I knew that doing so would have a positive impact in other areas of my life where I wanted to see changes and improvement – and unsurprisingly that’s exactly what has happened.
I’ve lost over 30 lbs and I did it in a way that suits me.
I shared the last stage of my diet with you here.
And now I’m going to finish the job and lose the remaining fat.
Here’s my 205 lb picture:
Here’s my starting picture for ‘One Meal a Day to Six Pack Abs’
Seize the opportunity today!
If you lapsed in your resolution to lose weight during January, forget about it and start again now.
February is the shortest month of the year, so why not use it an excuse to find an eating plan or diet that works for you and stick to it for the month. It will set you up for the rest of the year.
You don’t have to do what I’m doing, do what ever suits you, but if if losing weight matters to you, then make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to start something life changing.
Seize the moment!