Its going well , the weight loss and the fitness regime, Thats what they call ‘diet’ in France, regime sounds better I think.
I started this ‘regime’ at the beginning of January and Tes joined me in my quest, which proved to be important when I let thoughts of straying into indulgence wander into sight.
So, why did I start in the first place, well quite simply I was not happy with my obesity anymore and a couple of medical scares last year with the doctor on my last visit before Christmas gave me that ‘look’, You know the one that says you are not going to make old bones if you carry on. So I hatched a plan to start after Christmas with the ambitious aim of getting down to the same weight I was when I was fit as a butchers dog, back in 1984, 34 years ago!. In April of that year I ran the London Marathon in 4 hours and I was a slim 14 stone.and very fit having trained for 6 months before the marathon.
I started this current quest in January when I weighed in at a ridiculous 21 stone and 7 Lbs or if you prefer metric ,137 kilos. To get back to the my marathon weight I would need to lose 7 stone and tone up. A daunting prospect and to achieve it I knew I had to find an eating regime that suited me. I realised it would mean changing my previous eating habits, I would have to stop drinking or at least drastically reduce my consumption, but I was not prepared to give up tasty food. So tonnes of research later I settled on a low carbohydrate high fat regime. Sometimes called a Keto diet ,https://www.ruled.me/guide-keto-diet/. My main reason of choosing this one was it seemed to offer a way of good weight loss without having to eat boring food.
My next quest was to get fitter. I knew that as the winter ended and we would be working up the field most days this in itself would build up a bit of fitness but I had to be a bit more intense. So again I reverted back to my marathon training 30 plus years ago, that being Fartlek, fun to say and easy to do https://www.runnersworld.com/ask-coach-jenny/whats-the-difference-between-fartlek-tempo-and-interval-runs.
I take the dog out everyday and this was generally a stroll down the towpath and back for about 20 minutes, not long enough and not intense enough. So it was easy to adapt, just build in some Fartlek principles, walk very quickly for short bursts and then recover by walking slowly , then repeat a quick burst, recover and go again. This low level high intensive training works for me and keeps my metabolic rate high. Gladys did look a little confused at first but has welcomed the longer walks and has also toned up a lot.
The results so far are very encouraging. I have shifted 19 kilos so far which is 3 stone in old money , I have a feeling that the final 4 stone (another 25 kilos) which may take a while longer.
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes