I think it is time to talk about the elephant in the room. Time to be open and transparent about a very obvious health problem I have: morbid obesity.
Yes, I am morbidly obese (BMI over 40). Not nice to say it but it’s true. Whenever I am honest to people about my actual weight, people are shocked at the figure. I mean yes, I’ve always been a chunker but this has truly got out of hand and the numbers agree.
So why do this? Why be so public? Basically: Accountability.
I feel that if I track this publicly, it will keep me accountable and drive me. The more people who can keep on top of me while I’m sharing the highs and lows of my weight loss, the more I feel I will be able to continue to push myself in the right direction.
Since August 2020 after a scary phone call from my GP, I started some small steps into losing weight (My heaviest recorded weight was August 2020). These small steps have helped trend my weight downwards but after another health scare early 2021, I felt I needed to ramp it up. I need to get this snowballing downward or I may end up with a exponentially growing list of health issues (which is already not a small list..).
So without further delay..
The plan is to weigh myself then record it on the internet with a blog post and small write up. This will be done on the 1st and 15th of each month, with the first update being 1st March. Of course for context and to highlight progress, a base line needs to be set. I was recently weighed for a hospital procedure I had on 4th February so we will use that as my latest recording. I will also disclose my heaviest recorded weight from August 2020 as a show of the progress I have made so far.
Heaviest recorded weight:
185.6 kg - 409.2 lb - 29 stone and 3.2 lb - BMI: 57.3
Latest recorded weight was:
182.6 kg - 402.5 lb - 28 stone and 10.6 lb - BMI: 56.4
So yeah. Those are the numbers. They are large. You’ll notice the “Progress since last post:” at the top of this blog post. This is where you’ll be able to see at a glance any changes since the last post. Currently it says “ERROR kg” because my scales at home only measure up to 180kg..
So first goal is lose enough so I can track my weight at home!
I do have a target weight for all this but I will not declare that just yet. It will be a long path to that achievable goal so plenty of time to talk future targets.
Lockdown 3 (Return of the virus) has thrown complication my way since gyms are closed and that was my once/twice a week of intense exercise.
I have ideas on things I can do from home with the resource(s) I have to hand. I won’t go into details about all the stuff I am doing (again) just yet. Saving that for future posts with updates on if they are working for me etc. It’ll be a few weeks at least before we see any signs of progress.
All that being said, I think that is pretty much it for explaining and setting the scene so wish me luck I guess? First update 1st March!
I will try and leave a gif each post, for the memes.