In November last year, I had a very minor operation.
Really minor, but still surgery.
My post-op instructions kept me off my bike until at least January, and as you probably know the weather went a bit apocalyptic at the start of the year…so I kept postponing my first outing. To the point where my first bike ride of the year was on 20th May! Oops.
I am not a hugely active person. I walk a lot and there are loads of stairs where I work, but I’m not active. My weight had been creeping up since Christmas (…I had a doctors appointment after Christmas which involved getting weighed, I really hope they put a little disclaimer on my file xD) and not riding my bike regularly wasn’t helping.
I’ve tried the whole gym thing on several occassions but I’m not a gym person – I don’t have that drive to do things myself. Also, cost. Being in London means joining a gym is a seriously financial commitment – my local ‘leisure centre’ charges £60 a month! The ones nearest where I work (in central London) are up to double the cost.
But that’s something I want to change. I never do ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ because I never know what I actually want to do in the New Year and I always fail…but with my weight increasing so much, type 2 diabetes running in the family and the realisation that some of my health issues at the moment would be greatly improved by losing weight I can no longer avoid a long-term excercise commitment.
Luckily, I’ve discovered a PureGym close to where I work which is half the cost of my local leisure centre…and they’re a little bit more 21st cenutry. There’s an App I can use to book classes, and they’re a 24hr gym so classes are at much more accessible times of the day for me. I could also go after work, which I may end up doing (depending on trains, of course). They also have their own version of weightwatchers, with a gym element…so I’ve signed up and have a six week commitment starting in June. Weightwatchers is something I’ve never been on board with, but I know people who have lost significant amounts of weight with them (and slimmingworld).
I’ve bought a Fitbit (my Garmin died and I’m in the market for a smartwatch type of thing), I had one before that was just a step counter but I’ve taken the plunge and gone for the new Versa – smartwatch elements, tracks steps & stairs and of course, exercise tracking. It doesn’t have a built in GPS but I’m not a runner and I have a cycle computer for tracking cycle stuff.
I tried blogging about my attempts to get fit before but I was a bit of a half-arsed type of thing. I don’t know if I will blog about my attempts this time round but I think the use of social media might be a reasonably driving force for me – as a photographer it’ll be nice to see a progression as I go from being my current stationary fat blob to (hopefully) a more active less fat blob.