My Weight Loss Story,
Where to start with my story, a lot of things happened in 2008 that changed my life forever.
Firstly, I was made redundant from my job, and a couple of months later my father died of a massive coronary (he was 67).
You might think that having drastic things happen in your otherwise pretty normal life would lead a fat person to become even fatter, but for me the complete opposite happened.
Two years before my father died he gave up smoking, he put on over two stone [28lbs / 12kg] and all that weight seemed to go straight on to his stomach, which I have learned now is not a good thing, as all that extra weight around his stomach placed a lot of strain on his heart.
I guess I should also tell you now that I too was a smoker. To be honest I never denied myself anything I wanted from cigarettes, drink or food. I am no psychologist but I think I had a very addictive personality (I’m glad I never tried any drugs!!).
Anyhow; after my father died, something in me clicked and I just knew that I had to change my life. I have two children, and I wanted to be around to see them grow up.
So I joined a gym (I hated to exercise, and never did), the gym I joined was fantastic. They listened to what I had to say and what I was hoping to achieve in the long term, and they set me short term goals, but always reminded me to keep the bigger picture in mind.
They talked me through nutrition, but they never called this new eating plan a ‘Diet’, they called it a ‘Lifestyle Change’, basically that my new way of eating was not going to just be for a few months, but that it was going to be for the rest of my life…..
Their theory was low-carb, low GI, high fat and protein.
At the time, the thoughts of taking on these changes were mammoth, and I didn’t think I could do it and even if I did that I could stick to it.
I won’t lie for the first three to four days I felt like life was not worth living and that all the fun had been taken out of life for me.
I was having mood swings and headaches, but I stuck with it and the second week in to the new eating plan it just seemed to be easier, like my brain had cought up to what I was doing.
I think of it like this: food for me now is fuel for my body, if I put bad fuel in the engine won’t work properly. I mean would you deliberity put dirty fuel in to your car that cost you so much to buy? Yet you have no problem putting junk into a vessel that you expect to run for over 80 years!
My exercise plan in the beginning was certainly a shock to my system, 20 mins of cardio, followed by full body resistance training, three times a week in the gym and on my off days I also did my own cardio, just to keep the motivation levels high.
A typical day for me now food wise is:
7am: I have a glass of water (room temp) with multivitamin, glucosamine & super fish oil (Omega 3), half a banana. Workout for about 45minutes, cardio and resistance training.
8.30am: I have a homemade smoothie:
- 150mls fresh sqeezed orange juice.
- Juice of 1 lemon.
- Tbs of milled linseed.
- Handful of blueberries.
- Handful of strawberries.
- Half a banana.
- Scoop of Whey protein.
- 2 tbs of probiotic full fat yogurt.
- Blend together in a smoothie maker…..makes about 1 pint [16oz / 0.5L] of smoothie. It is very filling and tastes really good.
5oz of either lean turkey, chicken, tuna, with a fresh salad and some full fat cottage cheese.
I mix this up with steamed veg too.
6oz of lean beef, which can be in the form of lean steak minced, or strips for stirfry. All my food is cooked in Coconut Oil.
For a snack I would have some almonds, brazil nuts, Walnuts or redskin peanuts, and a piece of fruit. I try to minimize my fruit to one or two pieces a day because the natural sugars can trigger food cravings. I drink between 2L and 2.5L of water a day.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have a treat now and then……but thats just what it is, ‘A Treat.’ I have come to realise that if you have a little of what you like every now and then you appreciate it far more!
I lost 9 stone [126lbs / 57kg] in 9 months, and trust me, every day I ate three meals with snacks, no diet pills, no diet shakes, no diet bars….. here’s the secret to weight loss: Diets don’t work, Lifestyle changes do!
4 years later the weight is still off and I feel better now than I did in my 20′s and here is the proof…