Staring to get a little nervous about my diet again, I've stabilised at 114.6kg, but I'm now half way between my four monthly visits to the consultant and need to get some downward movement. I've set myself a target of 111kg by the next appointment on 13th September, that works out at one pound per week. It's a challenging but realistic target.
I need to be more ruthless tackling unhelpful patterns which have crept in, such as sticking to my diet on most days but then having days when I'm not so good. The diet works best when I'm in a regular meal routine and I don't get too hungry because the gaps between meals are too long, which only tempts me to snack. Bad days mostly involve a handful of peanuts whist waiting for dinner or 'extras' like an ice cream after dinner or a couple of beers midweek.
The early part of July had several days when I was too indiscipline, on Saturday 2nd we went out for tapas and as we tend to order too much food I end up feeling compelled not to waste it. The next day we went to a garden party at the in-laws, for some reason I thought it was going to be a barbecue, but instead it was a mid-afternoon light buffet which turned out to be the worst possible combination. Firstly, it was too close to lunch which meant I wasn't really hungry, secondly (and rather unusually) there wasn't really enough food so when I was hungry there was nothing left. Thirdly, as it was a warm afternoon I ended up drinking the equivalent of five pints which is atypical. So instead of a regular meal I ended up with a slice of pizza, cookies and beer! Then came my birthday, I didn't particularly go overboard, but there were sweets and cake. Fortunately things have settled down in the last couple of weeks.
I got the Fitbit for my birthday, so now I'm keeping better track my exercise. The good news is that I am averaging over 10k steps a day, but it does confirm I'm not getting enough intense exercise and also not enough sleep/good quality sleep (a mixture of recent hot weather and kids waking in the middle of the haven't helped). I've been taking Allopurinol for over two weeks now without any severe gout reaction, although I did take two magic tablets a day for the first fourteen days. At the moment I'm trying to make sure I squeeze in a walk every lunchtime and plan to restart the jogging regime I abandoned in June due to gout. I'm also hoping that the two weeks holiday I have booked in early August will increase my activity levels as I get out from behind a desk.