The first step to starting any journey is to set out your route and understand how long it will take to reach your destination. I know a lot of people that won’t start a diet because they feel the results are not quick enough for them, but you would not start a car journey off by steaming ahead at 200mph because it is unsafe and unsustainable. I believe the most stable way to make this ‘journey of a lifetime’ is to set a comfortable pace and keep moving towards your goal, the results may take longer but they won’t burn out your engine.
I weighed myself on Tuesday 28th August and the scale read 180.4 lbs. My goal weight is 150 lbs and I intend to lose 2 lbs a week. This is based on the NHS guidelines for a safe rate of weight loss, which is 1-2 lbs a week. This will be easily achievable with a food and exercise plan, which I will be putting up and explaining in my next post. However, there are birthdays and parties coming up in the next few weeks so I expect to see some diversions.
To further prepare for your journey you need to ensure your vehicle, or body, is up to scratch. It is recommended to see your doctor for confirmation before undergoing any diet. I have been monitoring my caloric intake and exercise for the past few months and I feel 100% confident in my ability to adapt and progress with my plan. It is important to have the right fuel for your body, such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats and to ensure your water tank is consistently topped up. Excess baggage is another thing altogether and I will unpack that in a later post, as we all carry things with us that may be slowing us down.
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