Some time between Christmas and New Year’s, I decided that I would make an effort to live a healthier lifestyle in 2011. Call it a resolution if you like, but I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time now and keep putting it off, and the fact that the New Year was approaching was as good an excuse as any. I went through the whole of January without drinking on weekdays, thus for the first time in my life actually sticking to a New Years’ Resolution for anything more than a laughable amount of time.
It might not sound like much of an achievement, but anyone who knows me will tell you that I do like a drink, in fact I think I had at least one beer pretty much every day in 2010. So I said I’d go a whole month anyway to start with, and on Wednesday the 2nd of February I did have a few pints of cider but there was a good reason for this, it was to celebrate winning the pub quiz down at the Mucky with Neil and Thespina. But the whole cutting-down-on-drinking thing is just a part of my major NYR which is to lose some weight as I have put on a lot in the last year since I stopped going to football training.
Rather than giving up completely, I allow myself two nights a week, only drinking on Fridays and Saturdays (and maybe a cheeky one on Sundays if Arsenal are playing). To be honest I thought I’d crack after a few days. I thought something would happen to piss me off and I’d end up really fancying a pint. But thanks to good old fashioned will power and Del Monte’s tomato juice (not from concentrate) with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, I was able to pull through.
This was Phase 1 in my fitness plan. Phase 2 will begin as of next week, although Phase 1 is still going and will run concurrently with Phase 2. Those ciders were not only to celebrate winning the pub quiz, but also successful implementation of Phase 1. This week I’m back to the tomato juice (with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, naturally).
Phase 2 is to drastically alter my diet. A friend of mine has this thing where she allows herself two “junk food days” per week. Not days where she purposely goes out with the intention of eating junk food, rather she just eats whatever she fancies on those days without any guilt. Although she likes to decide which days will be her “junk food days” by rolling a dice each week. This might sound a little zany, but it works for her. She’s got a really nice figure.that I wouldn’t mind waking up next to.
I will be adopting this plan for Phase 2, although I won’t be using the dice. I’ll just eat healthily during the week and whatever I fancy at the weekend (within reason). I’ve decided no more doner kebabs for a while. I don’t care how good they taste when you’re pissed. (I don’t know what they put in beer that makes you want to ingest something you wouldn’t even contemplate eating when sober). But I can still enjoy post-pub grub. Lately I’ve been going to a different place, BBQ Express in Mare Street. They grill everything and offer a wider range of salad than your average kebabish, so it’s bound to be a lot better for me than those rotating elephant legs full of fat.
So anyway, that’s Phase 2. Once I start to feel healthier, that’s when I will attempt some light exercise (Phase 3), possibly towards the end of the month. I feel it’s important to build up to it as I am the kind of person who will run myself into the ground on the first session then ache for the next fortnight as a result, in the process draining both my energy and my motivation. So I’m taking it step-by-step. Softly-softly and all that. Both Robert and Thien have expressed an interest in doing something to get fit, so hopefully I won’t be short of people to ring up and go for an impromptu jog round Vicky Park with. So wish me luck, and I’ll update you from time to time.
(Oh yeah. Kind of off-topic, but…)
Speaking of eating, my cousin is coming to London in a couple of weeks as he wants me to take him on a tour round the street food outlets of Camden Market. He has some photography project or something and the theme is food. He saw my Camden street food article last year and decided that I am the man for the job. Though I think I’ll take him to Brick Lane instead so I can write that article, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages. So look out for that one as I know many of you enjoyed the Camden article.