Firstly let me just say that the downsides of losing 3 stone are greatly outweighed by the upside!
However there is always going to be a part of life that is affected in some way – and for me its my shooting! Let me explain;
I am a target shooter – no animals as they say are harmed when I shoot (although I don’t have an issue with that sort of shooting). I also do my shooting from a prone position (lying down) so it’s not a particularly energetic sport! However, it does require consistency, and this is where my problem lies.
In target shooting (or any shooting for that matter) the most important thing is a consistent ‘release’ – when you release the trigger the gun needs to perform in exactly the same way each time – you then get a consistent shot that should go in exactly the same hole (and yes it is possible).
When I was much larger my shooting jacket (we use large, heavy, purpose made leather jackets to support us) was a snug fit, I couldn’t move much when lying down to shoot – and more importantly I did not move inside my jacket. Consequently my position was consistent and my release was excellent even if I say so myself! Now I am smaller I am struggling to get a suitable sweat shirt or similar to fill the jacket out – and no a new jacket is not an option – they are rather costly! So I do not currently have a consistent position so we have some variation in release!
So I am at the moment having a rather torrid time and my average scores have taken a tumble. All due to my weight loss – but this is the only downside so far!
As you may have gathered from my previous blog entries I have been trying (and managing) to lose weight over the last 6 months or so. I am aware that I have become a bit of a ‘bore’ on the subject as the weight has disappeared – but if I am honest I am rather proud of myself for managing it (with lots of help from my family and Wendy in particular).
The recent holiday to Paris was the first ‘real test’ of my resolve and weight management when off the diet. So how did it go?
Well I am amazed to report that although I did put some weight on – around 4 pounds (and if you saw what I was eating that would come as no surprise!), the real damage was kept off due to the amount of exercise we did! This has highlighted to me more that anything that diets are fine, but one needs to exercise as well!
In Paris we walked our feet off and also climbed a serious number of stairs – 90 up to our apartment plus 1400 on the day we walked up and down the Eiffel tower and 600 the day we went up and down the Arc de Triumphe.
A busy weekend out and about has allowed me to rid myself of most of what I put on in France as well!
There is no doubt that getting out an exercising will become a major part of my regime for the future!
I am close to feeling smug today – ‘close’ as I have not quite reached my target weight of twelve and a half stone, but ‘smug’ as I have only one pound to go!
I set myself the target back in October 2010, so it has taken my around 6 months to lose the weight. I cannot begin to tell you how much better I feel for it as well, I have so much more energy and ‘go’.
Obviously the big task now is to keep my weight at this level – hopefully I can manage that – I have no wish to go back to my old size and shape! Plus I have had to buy a whole new wardrobe so can’t afford to put any back on!
But, anyone who is thinking of getting rid of a few pounds – go for it, you won’t regret it!