How did I do it? Well, during the week I work at a desert location where there's plenty of down time to run and swim - not that I was doing much running when I was 113Kgs. However, with an open buffet three times a day, all the exercise in the world won't help if I'm stuffing my face. So one of the first things I did to regulate my weight was to cut out a meal a day - the 8 o'clock dinner.
It hasn't been plain sailing though. Until recently weekends have been a problem - an excuse to binge and indulge in foods and beverages excluded during the week. Of course that all had to stop once the weight stopped dropping off.
At about 100Kg I started merely reducing my weight during the week and putting it back on at weekends. I seem to have finally got a handle on that now. At weekends I use the machines in the exercise park near my home and run in the local park. I've taken to drinking water before a meal to 'trick' my stomach into thinking I'm filling it with something more substantial - and I'm down to 93Kgs.
The only drawback is that losing weight becomes obsessive, to the detriment of many other activities in life. Suffice to say, my writng has suffered. An hour in the pool, or in the gym, or pounding the pavement is an hour not writing. And do you know how difficult it is to write on an empty stomach?
Not all is doom and gloom, though. I'm down to exercising less than an hour a day, my eating is under control 'almost' all the time, and I'm getting back into the swing of writing. The first PhD paper of my Chaucer project is about to be handed in (my tutors enjoyed The Squire's Second Tale, by the way), and I have a new Tale on the boil.
Just watch this space for further developments - both with my weight loss AND my writing!
Below are links to my two Global Short Story Competition winners, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi, and my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment: