Hello! Happy New Year!
Well, after about four or five weeks, we're finally here. Mish has opened it up for 2011. I was toying with the idea of not paying for it now - wait until just before round 1 finally starts...but I couldn't do it. Had to sign up now. So I did.
Where have I come from? At the start of round 3 I weighed in at 105kgs. I knew I was fat but hadn't quite accepted how bad it was (as I knew I'd been in a worse position a couple of years before - maxing out at around 125-130kgs). I'd had a bad year - quitting my job in April and then struggling to find a new one...until around the time round 3 opened. It was during this period of being an unemployed bum that I saw on The Circle something about the 12WBT. It was really a mindset change. There wasn't too much of a lifestyle change (though if you read my blog from then, you might disagree - lol) - the biggest things to change were: (a) having breakfast daily and (b) doing exercise. I had set a goal of joining a gym - but that didn't actually happen until last week. I couldn't get past my mental block that I was too fat for a gym so I wasn't going to set foot inside. My first session in a gym was on December 17, 2010! I only remember this because Wifey and I flew out to Africa later that day ;)
During the Christmas break I wasn't sure how I'd cope with my weight. We did an African safari for a month so spent most time sitting on a truck driving...and eating snacks. Meals consisted of a lot of bread and carbs (especially potatoes and pasta!). I felt I'd put on around 5kgs. One of the first things I did when we got back home on January 14th was to weigh myself. To my utter surprise, I was about 88kgs - a loss of 4kgs. How stoked was I? I have no idea when I was last this weight! Most likely around high school? Who knows?
How will this blog work? I plan to put up daily entries (a day in arrears). The entry will include some bits about my day (the boring part, but I find useful to map moods etc), what I've eaten and any exercise (including the calories burnt - this year I will also include my heart rate info). I welcome any comments (if you feel the desire to say anything - and will try to respond to all) or suggestions - so please feel free.
I'll start with some basic stats (as I did with last year's blog):