Standing on the scales on New Year's Day showed that I had gained a stone in a year and was the heaviest I had been for a very, very long time... So what am I going to do about it?
1) Run more
When I was running regularly I was more toned and my weight went down not up - not exactly rocket science! So I signed myself up for a 1000 km challenge for which I will get a medal if I can complete it... A tough ask when you need to go 20 km a week but I am willing to give it a go. To encourage me I am putting in money into a tin:
- £1 for a minimum of a mile
- £2 for over 5k-9k
- £3 for over 10k-14k etc...
I am mixing up:
- runs around the block for which I have found a 2 km route
- park runs at 5 km - I am 16 away from my 50 so need to go more often
- longer runs such as one along the river Kent
- occasional club runs when I can escape!
By Wednesday I had clocked up 20 km in 4 days! Follow me on Strava.
2) Eat better
With a busy life and fussy children I have been eating junk on the run since September... I am planning on more home cooked food especially with a lot more vegetables! The wine is off the menu until February when I will let myself have the odd glass.
I am going to be joining back with my old diet & fitness instructor next week to get more help with both the diet and a different form of exercise! She is offering the incentive of the biggest loser each month getting a cash prize...
So watch this space and hopefully there will be a lot less of me as the year progresses!