My wellbeing journey – January Results

It’s weigh in day…drum roll please…

You can read the kick off post here

So, for January I set out to only eat between 12 and 6, to eat around 2000 calories a day and do 10000 steps. Simple right? So let’s get straight to the results shall we.

On the fasting front it was a bit hit and miss. I stopped using the ‘Fastic’ app when my phone broke and I think the lack of accountability (to the app) made me focus less so I missed quite a few days. Mostly I tend to just forget and I will be making breakfast for the family and suddenly I am munching on something purely by accident. Although there was the day I ate a whole box of fudge. That wasn;t an accident. I did it on purpose. I meant to do it. I wanted to do it. There was no way I could resist so I didn’t even try. Sorry, not sorry.

On the calories front I mostly averaged about 2 thousand. The Hello Fresh meals are helping me track more accurately and I use the Samsung Health tracker to record everything that goes in. There have been days when I haven;t done so well but I always try and recover the next day and don’t let one bad day ruin my efforts. There have been days when I ate a lot of cake, or a greasy takeaway or maybe I had a few beers that might have pushed my totals but I am happy with where I am in my head when it comes to food and that’s the important thing for me.

Steps was probably my biggest success and I did 1000 for the first few days but actually upped the target to 12000 as was pretty much doing this without too much effort. I did manage 20000 one day when instead of sitting at my desk for an hour long boring work call I walked on the treadmill for an hour on a boring work call. I am going to try and do more of that this month and have a target of 15000 a day. the majority of that will be done on the treadmill I think.

So before I tell you my weight loss, there were a few more things I challenged myself to do. Firstly I intend to finish a book each month, and by ensuring I read X number of pages a day I got through Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. I am a huge fan of the show and thought I ought to read the book. It left me feeling…hmmm…I will write more about that later I think. I felt stuff though, and that’s a good thing right.

I also tried to tie up television loose ends. Might sound daft but sometimes I get frustrated having started things and not finishing them so I made a concerted effort to finish a few things I had started. And it felt good. Perhaps it’s strange to think of watching TV as an achievement but it felt good none the less.

I finished Silicon Valley, which pretty much made me cry and I finished the Mandalorian Series 1 which makes me all warm and happy that it exists.

Oh and I tried to blog every day. I missed a day or two I think but mostly really happy with where I got to with that.

So all in all a good month. And I lost 5KG/11 LBS.

This month it’s very much the same, Food, steps, fast, watch, write but I also need to spend more time with the boys. We are all cooped up in the house together so it’s easy to take things for granted but they are getting older now and very easy to let a day go by and not really interact in a meaningful way, so I will attempt to do something about that.

So there you go. That was January.

Onwards to February!

Author: Michael

Husband, dad,(ex)programmer, comic collector and proud Yorkshireman. I have no idea why im here or why im writing but i rather enjoy it. no great fan of punctuation;

10 thoughts on “My wellbeing journey – January Results”

  1. Hey Linda nice to see you 🙂 only another …maybe 25 to go. Which in american money is a bushel. Or is it two and three quarter gallons. Hmm. Maybe 548 cups.

    I miss lard very much…

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  2. The dinners are look delicious Michael and that’s how I like my hot chocolate too. 🙂 The most-important thing is that you don’t mess up and feel you’ve gone off the wagon and then indulge in everything in sight … that is what I would do. Have a bad day at work and need something but won’t have treats around, so I grab a spoon and the jar of peanut butter. Bliss! I agree with you saying “I always try and recover the next day and don’t let one bad day ruin my efforts.”

    As to the walking, my boss’ wife had a stress fracture in her foot because she walked so much at the beginning of the pandemic. My boss is 73, will be 74 next month and his wife is 67 or 68. Anyway, they swam a mile every morning – at a high school pool 9 months of the year and in the Summer at an outside pool. When they closed the pools, she wanted exercise and walked … a lot. So she had pain, had a boot for a while and eventually had surgery. So my boss warned me about it … maybe she has issues with her feet. I wear solid shoes and they are heavy but comfortable, but mentioning it to you. I didn’t cut back on my walking at all. You know when your body tells you you are pushing it to the max and you stop. Perhaps she kept on going.

    [I am so behind in Reader – back to the 1st of February – I hope to catch up a little tonight.]

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  3. I just love peanut butter, especially chunky. I bought the natural peanut butter in creamy thinking I’d eat less of it, but, I still have the spoon in the jar eating it. That’s good you don’t just fall off the wagon and give up … I am prone to doing that and I’ll say “I’ll be better next month.”

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