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Day One, Fresh Start, New Beginnings and All That Jazz…

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So here it is, day one of my mission 2014. It would have started yesterday, but it was Cameron’s annual family New Years Day party, and I was expecting a lot of food. Boy was I right, I think I must have eaten half a pig in roast gammon, roast pork, sausage rolls and pork pie. But from today onwards, healthy healthy healthy.

I took my first set of progress pictures this morning, and although I said before I was going to post them, I’ve chickened out, I’m just too embarassed. I also had my first weigh-in of the year, and since I haven’t had a working set of scales for the last month and since I’ve way over-indulged over Christmas, the number wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. Still bad though. Very bad. So here it is, day one:

02/01/2014 - 125.4lbs to go

I think first up tonight is clearing space in my room, and going shopping to buy all my food for the week. Much cheaper than online programs like Diet Chef, and much easier to stay on track.This week’s exercise DVD of choice will be¬†Maracattack (Miranda Hart’s exercise DVD), but I’ll also be clipping on my Fitbit and trying to do as much walking as I can, if I can manage to escape from work for an hour each lunchtime. I’ll be checking back in next week to let you know how I get on shaking my maracas!

Biting the Bullet

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Well I’ve thought about writing this post many times, but I’m finally biting the bullet. The last two years I’ve been trying to lose weight and I’ve had my Dad doing it with me for motivation, losing about 40-50 pounds in the first few months of each year, but after a while, one or the other of us drifts off gradually and before I know it, I’m right back where I started – fat and miserable again.

My dad has not been well this year and he’s lost a lot of weight as a result, so I don’t have my usual buddy to do this with. So to keep myself accountable, I’ve decided to blog about how I’m getting on. I don’t realistically expect many people to read or care about what I’m writing, but I hope the act of simply writing it down will keep me on track. I hope to write at least once a week to give myself a regular schedule and make sure I don’t let things slide. I was initially going to write my blog on the fitness website I’m a member of (MyFitnessPal), but I’d like it to be more open and part of my life.

I’m still very reluctant to post my actual weight online (I’m just too embarrassed), but what I think I will do is to post my progress graphic from my Fitbit dashboard which counts down how much I have left to lose. I’d also like to post photos every now and again. From the Community Forums that I read regularly on MFP, a lot of people seem to regret not taking progress pictures, so I want to do that from the start.

I don’t know what I’ll end up writing about, probably focusing initially on my weekly stats from Fitbit, and anything interesting I’ve done/eaten during the week. I’ve also got a few exercise DVDs that my sister bought me, so I’ll probably blog my experiences of doing those too.

I’m starting this new leaf next Thursday, after the Christmas and New Year parties are over, so next Thursday will be my initial (and probably most embarrassing) post, but hopefully it’ll be the last time I’ll ever have to start all over again. I’m going to spend the next week thinking about my goals for the year. I don’t want to put all my focus on the big goal, so I’m going to give myself mini-targets with pre-defined treats for getting there.

So one week left, and then ‘Mission: Happier Me 2014’ IS ON!!