- No carby foods after 5:00. Potato, bread, pasta and rice are all out after five.
- Breakfast every day. This is supposed to kick-start the metabolism.
- Reasonably sized meals — there’s no need to fill the plate.
- No chocolate, ice cream, or lollies. They pack a phenomenal number of calories. Fresh fruit or low-fat yoghurt with toasted muesli is really nice for when you feel like something sweet.
- No food from anywhere with a drive through. Ever.
- Cook healthy, good quality meals for yourself whenever possible. This means sourcing good-quality ingredients produced locally. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for me.
- Snacking during the day is allowed, but only when I’m actually hungry. If I think I’m hungry, I’ll drink a glass of water and wait. If I’m still hungry after fifteen minutes, I’ll have a muesli bar or some fruit.
- No beer, except for special occasions. These occasions are my work’s Christmas party weekend (26th–28th November), a trip to Metung I’m taking with some friends (4th–6th February), my 33rd birthday (some time around 31st March) and my girlfriend’s birthday (the weekend of the 9th and 10th of July). These special occasions must be at least two months apart.
- Alcoholic drinks limited to straight spirits and wine. That is, Scotch Whiskey.
- As much incidental exercise as possible. That’s riding or walking to and from work or the shops, walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift, etc.
- Gym at least three times a week.
- Maintain my cycling form from Around the Bay in a Day. This includes taking the long, 30 minute route on my bike to and from work whenever practical.
- Couch to 5K once I’m light enough to start (110kg). Once that’s done, keep up a running regime.