100 for 100.
If I can lose 100 grams a day for 100 days, I’ll be 10 kilos lighter at the end of it all!
Now what could be simpler than that? The challenge of course, is to do it without fancy equipment, without crazy diets, without major changes to lifestyle — now that would be something, wouldn’t it?
Well, why do I want to lose 10 kilos in the first place? Many reasons really, but most importantly, I think the reduction will help alleviate (if not eliminate) a couple of my medical problems — high blood pressure and gout. I know of course that excess weight is not the root cause of either, but it definitely is a contributor and an aggravator.
I have had slightly elevated blood pressure for several years. I do take medication and the pressure is generally under control. Gout is a problem that has been with me for about 12 years now. It affects either of my ankles (or general foot region), and occasionally my right knee. Thankfully, severe acute attacks are now very rare, and I can kind of sense the onset and take emergency control measures. I do take prescribed medication and also control diet, but not very rigidly.
Other reasons why I want to lose weight are essentially cosmetic. I like pears, but sure don’t like being pear-shaped. And my chubby jowls make it seem like I have a permanent case of the mumps — gotta get rid of ‘em if I’m to improve my face value!
What does 100 for 100 entail? The secret weapon is walking –brisk walking, and a lot of it. A minimum of 55 km in each of the ten 10-day periods (Decades) is the plan; that works out to about 7 km per day with two days off in-between during each decade. There will be some calisthenics, isometrics and light weight-training, but not too much. As for diet, I plan to make a few selective adjustments, but there will definitely be no drastic deprivation of either food or drink.
The reason I’m blogging 100 for 100 is to make sure I stick with the programme. I hope to share with you all I’ve learned about fitness and food as I go along. I also hope to write a bit about Bombay (the city I live in), and possibly share some of my other interests somewhere down the line.
If 100 for 100 does work, then it could serve as a blueprint for anyone who wishes to go forth and do likewise (IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ) without spending huge sums of money on gyms or suffering with stupid, unsustainable diets.
If 100 for 100 does not work, well then at least I’d have learned quite a bit about nutrition, health and fitness by the end of it all. And, hopefully, you would have had some interesting stuff to read.
Let me end by establishing some basic parameters and stats:
Name: Val Souza ::: Male, 47
Location: Mumbai (Bombay), India
Weight: 84 kilos 300 grams as on 15 February 2010
Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cms)
Trouser waist size: 38 in, as on 15 February 2010
Target weight: 74 kilos 300 grams, as on 25 May 2010
Target trouser waist size: 34 in, as on 25 May 2010
P.S. I’m not too bothered about other parameters like BMI, etc, right now. But will definitely get into all that sometime later.