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March 2020 Health Report

Mar 29, 2020

Half a year ago, I let you all know that I am suffering from liver disease and doing what I can to reverse it.

I’ve been trying out different habits, exercises, and eating patterns and posting on how I’m progressing every six weeks.

Goal update

Weight at start: 105kg / 47.5% fat
Eight weeks ago: 90kg / 32.0% fat
Current weight: 90kg / 31.0% fat
Goal weight: 74kg (according to BMI) or 20% body fat.

Habits report

Habit Measure Kept to it?
I am a healthier living person Aim to lose 3kg every six weeks No weight loss)
I am a runner Go for a run at least two times a week 5 weeks out of 8
I am a VR exercise enthusiast Use VR workout at least three times a week 5 weeks out of 8
I take the stairs Stop using lifts 6 weeks out of 6
I’m an occasional drinker Have at most one night a week with alcohol consumption 4 weeks out of 8

Thoughts on the last six weeks

The dreaded plateau. I’m still exercising and eating as I wanted, but the weight isn’t coming off. There have been some other factors; I went on two mini-breaks during this period to Liverpool and Edinburgh. During which, I still exercised but ate and drank a bit more freely.

2020 itself has been weird, January was excellent, but February was a month of storms and staying inside, now things are even worse as we get to the start of the UK’s version of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing has been typical about 2020.

When I wrote my last update I was going to stay with a friend in London and run a 10k, a day later that friend had self-isolated as he returned from China and the 10k race was cancelled due to the storms.

The only thing that’s picked me up with Paul Ritchie’s advice:

Next six weeks

Honestly, who can plan the next six weeks right now? Due to storms, pandemics and the schools being off, my life has been knocked off its ordinary structured course. The habits I’ve built up are only effective provided I’m on the normal routine if I’m going to an office and able to get out to run. When both of those things are limited I’m reverting back to laziness (play computer games, drink every two to three days, snacking).

I intend to get things back into a more structured way, even if it means living at home for the next six weeks. So I’ll have an exercise diary, go back to one drinking night a week and have more disciplined meals. It’s about rebuilding habits around this new normal.

Good things in this period

And finally, I wrote a song for the current COVID crisis:

Best Tweets

Bad things in this period

I started this month with horrible lower back pain. Thankfully following a video with exercises online managed to get that fixed over a few weeks. I honestly thought that pain was forever; it seems a memory now.

Life itself is super hard on everyone just now. I’m lucky I’ve got a garden to escape to, and a place big enough to store two weeks of food. So I won’t dwell too much on what seems minor just now.

See you, hopefully outside, around the 3rd of May 2020.