And a new week at work begins

Lots of fun ahead, pay on Wednesday and on target to get rid of the debt on my GEM Visa which will be all sorted out by early December. When I wake up in the morning I’ll ring up Motorad to organise a servicing of my scooter for next week which include putting two new tyres on the bike along with fixing the starter (I’ve been using a kick start for the last couple of months) along with any other thing that needs fixing up. Since it is within warranty the starter thingy should be covered under warranty where as the tyres are normally around $60 each – I’ll ring them up today mainly because if they need to order in new tyres or a part then they can get it organised but I’ll need to speak to my boss incase there are delays getting the part in which will mean I’ll need to have Wednesday/Thursday off from work or at least I come in and take the train to/from work for those two days and do a mid shift of 11am to 8pm. Hopefully everything will work out well and I’ll get my scooter back on time. Long term I want to get a bigger scooter but I’m going to focus on losing weight, getting my learners motorcycle licence and paying off the loan I have with my parents (after my GEM Visa is sorted out) so then by the middle of next year I’ll have a motorcycle licence, no debt at all except my student loan. I started the ‘plan’ from May 2014 and it appears that within a year I would have reached my target – but I also need to focus on losing weight as well.

For anyone who has ever tried to lose weight the idea of ‘just eat less’ sounds like a very simple plan – akin to telling a drug addict or a smoker, “oh, just stop using it – all you need is discipline and will power!” as if the idea of dieting or any other major lifestyle change is that easy. When you’re working in the fast food industry (or what the industry prefers to known as ‘Quick Service Restaurant’) you’re surrounded by food all day so I have to admit the temptation to eat is definitely there. There is also the other problem – I’ve spent so much time focusing on getting my finances in order I have neglected my own health by simply eating what ever is within grabbing distance than really asking what the health implications are of eating such food over the long term. Denial is a pretty strong thing when your brain is elsewhere and you know what you is bad but constantly telling yourself, “once I get this sorted out I’ll focus on getting healthy” but the problem is that it is something I’ve been saying to myself for quite some time and at the age of 33 (going on 34 next year) it is something that I can’t keep putting off. Eventually 7 years of bad lifestyle will eventually catch up to me so I’d sooner get it sorted out now and put myself on the right track than find that in 6-12 months I’ve got diabetes or some heart condition that’ll throw a spanner in the works long term.

The first focus will be sorting out my diet because that is where the calories and in turn weight gain is occurring since I do enough walking around at work the problem is calorie intake. No more deep fried food at work, no sugary foods, salads and grill chicken, diet soft drink (but in moderation) and focusing on something else besides eating. I’m sure for a few weeks it’ll be like hell on earth but in the long term in 6 months time when I’ve shed a few kilos and I’m feeling a lot healthier I’ll look back at this time and say, “thank god I made that lifestyle change”. So what I’ll be doing form now on is adding a new tag called ‘Getting Healthy’ and provide updates on my progress so it will be a bit of a diary of my experience as well as a good way to give encouragement to others who are on the same journey as I am. Hopefully it’ll also act as a motivator to myself so then others can track and keep my honest as well – the reason why I put ‘Getting Healthy’ rather than ‘losing weight’ is my focus isn’t just on weight loss given that you can eat 1,800 calories of twinkies per day and lose weight through pure calorie restriction. The focus I’ve got is a complete lifestyle change that isn’t focused primarily on weight loss (although that will happen as a side effect of a lifestyle change) but making a lifestyle chain that promotes good health – not living life as a ascetic self flagellating martyr but getting some moderation back into my life so that food doesn’t become the single focal point in my life as it is now.

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