Life

1-3-6 Weight Loss Experiment

This post is based on the career-management-tips-and-the-1-3-6-exercise method I blogged about back in Oct 2008.

Current Weight: 83 kg

  • The important outcome is:
    Goal: Achieve target weight of 77 kg by 31 Dec 2011

The 3 things I can do that increase the probability of achieving the desired outcome:

  1. Increase my walking from (approx) 10 minutes to 20 minutes per day.

  2. Add a seven minute circuits session (using own body weight) to running-in-the-park sessions.

  3. Walk up nine flights of stairs an average of 3 times per day (rolling monthly average.)
    This is natural weight training for the legs and really does tone muscle, in my experience.

And now comes the harder part.

  • The 6 things I need to stop doing (or reduce) so I have more time and energy to focus 1 to 3 above.
  1. Eliminate all snacking after 9 pm. (Melted butter on toast, a cup of coffee and a slice or two of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk around 11:30pm, and I could write well into the wee hours. Boy, am I addicted to the stillness of the night haha!)

  2. Stop all weekday beers. (Beer goes well with the salty nature of many Japanese dishes but it also makes me drowsy after 8pm, as well as pile on the calories.)

  3. Get to bed by 11 pm (so I can get up early enough to run, take the dog out, and avoid the crazy heat / humidity).

  4. Stop buying chocolate most Friday lunchtimes; this is my contribution to TGIF. Out it goes.

  5. Eliminate sitting still for more than an hour at a time. I often do this when writing or studying. The plan now is to move about every 20 minutes or so.

  6. ??

Well, in the time allotted to write this post I could only come up with five of the six things to stop doing. If #6 pops into my mind later, I’ll add it this post.

The plan is to write an update on this project around year end.

(March 2012 Update: Sorry for the delay. Writing an update to this post is now on the agenda!)