Week 1 - I find pretty easy.. lets face it I've been there enough times.. I'm full of determination and it hasn't usually been a spur of the moment decision, I've picked a timing when I have a clear shot at losing weight over a number of months..
Weeks 2-4 are the hardest for me, I've really got to motivate myself to keep at it, the easy kilo's are mostly gone and its a slog..
Weeks 4-6 is the period I usually feel like I am in the zone, during the next couple of months I can usually lose some decent weight..
My next problem and its a HUGE one is once I've got down to the low 90's I suddenly start noticing loads of changes and especially my face.. Its around this time that I can wear most of my clothes again or they look a lot lot better on me.. I start to think that I've cracked it.. Once I start down the slippery slope of thinking I've done good enough then gradually a lot of bad habits start filtering back.. I put on a few kilos, I justify that I'm still looking OK and bit by bit it creeps back up, sometime i can arrest this for that initial week I mentioned earlier but week 2-4 of the second cycle is the killer, I haven't prepared myself mentally for this and I just fold..
That low 90 area is going to be the key this time, in 2014 I didn't even get into the 80's let alone make a dent in them.. I'm determined this time to last most of the year and see where l am..
I have a couple of defining time periods.. Mid April l am away for 3 weeks o/s - I'm wanting to feel and look a lot fitter, will be well happy with high 90's by then..
July I'm going away for a week with my mate for a week, at the same period in 2014 I was low 90's and then in August I have friends coming over from UK, I want to be down to about 87.4 Kgs by then which is an historical milestone.. Sept/Oct I go away again for two weeks and I'd love to be low 80's..
XMas/early Dec I have my annual 5 weeks away o/s and I want to have reached my goal by then whatever it is but if I can once again hit 79.9Kg I will be a happy camper
Hopefully I've learned some lessons along the way and all its all pie in the sky at my present 110 Kg but I know
I can do it..
Highs : 107 Kg (24 Sept 2007) : 113.5 Kg (12 Jan 2014) : 112.5 Kg (26 Jan 2016)
Current :99.2 Kg (31 May 2016)
Lows : 78.4 Kg (20 May 2008) : 87.4 Kg (on 16 Dec in both 2009 & 2010) : 82.9 Kg (14 Apr 2011) : 87.1 Kg (4 Jul 2011) : 90.5 Kg (14 Jul 2014)
Target : 94 Kgs by 15th Jul