In one of my first blog articles I have written about my personal success of having lost 10 kg of weight within six months. Now, a few months further on, I had gained some again, but meanwhile it is continually going downward.
Why do I do this? Of course it is also about my health, I don’t get any younger and with more distance to a regular and often stressful office-job I become more aware of many things. Therefore, I like to test methods on myself, because my clients often ask me for advice and tips.
I don’t sell little pills little and powders. They only help the manufacturer to make money. For a short time they may help or can be used as entry and courage-makers. But especially for people over 40 it is extremely important to care for their body and health. Lacking exercise for example causes “back”; you’ll get a prescription about massages, but that does not solve the problem, however. With an enjoyable and entertaining form of sport such pains can be cured and avoided and by permanently strengthening the musculature the physical well-being rises enormously. Whether you chose a guided course for yoga or walking or do gymnastics with the help of a pilates-video in front of the TV – anything is fine, as long as you exercise at all.
“Overweight is mainly a consequence of our hectic lifestyle”. We have all read this sentence umpteen times, have said “oh yes, how true”, and that was it. Torn between vocational and private appointments there is hardly any time left to prepare a healthy meal. To grab döner and chocolate is practical and the hunger is promptly nursed. Being my own test person I have one big advantage: I usually work from my home office and have the possibility to prepare exactly the meals that do me well. Should that not be possible, I have a wide range of ideas for portable cold-meals and have an infinite collection of Tupperware and similar boxes at my disposal. This reorientation and to become aware of it’s necessity took some time. By now it has turned into a routine.
Group-pressure or provocative remarks of others are another problem if somebody wants to go ahead with his diet and his dealing with himself outside of his own four walls. At events, there is often champagne offered, something I never liked. Plus I do not like to eat fried finger-food or things with fat sauces either. A simple “no, thank you” is often just not accepted. I myself had to explain myself, needed to discuss many times already and was even confronted with statements like “spoilsports.” Meanwhile, I am above those things and reply: “Which part of no thank you didn’t you understand – the ‘no’ or the ‘thank you’?”
It is already a big contradiction in itself that everybody speaks of healthy nutrition, athletic behavior, attentiveness and stress-avoidance on the one hand and on the other hand unhealthy meals and consumption of alcohol are socially acknowledged and desired. Alcohol still is the addiction-illness number 1 world-wide and chronic deseases have an impact on each organ caused by overweight and unhealthy nutrition. It just cannot be that somebody has to justify himself for a mindful dealing with himself.
Me as a test person found myself also at the threshold of facing different ailments, of which one could even become live-threatening. My bicycling from conviction is well known and as I now monitor and record my healthy meals, I change visibly. I gain energy, am happy that I can wear garments again, that have hung in the closet for years, my back-problems have disappeared and I just got a super-nice compliment from an older man, whom I chatted with some days ago. Without wearing makeup and in my bicycle outfit, he estimated my age 20 years younger than it actually is. That motivates me enormously to pursue my way.
And how am I doing all this: with the help of an app, I note exactly what and how much I eat and make a daily plan, write down exactly what kind of exercise I am doing during the day. Every movement, whether bicycling, cleaning or walking are also noted and the calorie quantity for the respective day is calculated consequently. I know exactly whether I keep to the daily balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat and have found out over the last months which food is good for me that also tastes good and which does not. Eventually, I can eat anything, it depends only on the composition and the quantity.
Yes, I need discipline for this project. But the success sanctifies the means, as is well known. And after a planned four-hour cycling tour, I plan to eat a delicious salami-pizza with a glass of red wine and can really enjoy it with a big appetite and without compunctions. Of course this is not possible three times a week and not on a day without any activity.
I would like to support anyone who is interested in living a healthier life – however, it does not happen fast, it needs patience and consequence, then it will work. It is a painstaking way with obstacles, which however will lead to a long-term success.