You’re probably looking at this thinking, “Weight loss journey?! What is he on about, he was just born with a slim figure”.
Ok, so my weight might be pretty spot on at the moment, but it wasn’t always that way.
You want proof?
Ok, promise you won’t laugh….
Back then I was about 16st (224lbs).
A 13 year old, too embarrassed to take his t-shirt off to go swimming.
I’m now about 160lbs.
Take into consideration the fact that I’ve probably grown about a foot, and (hopefully) gained a bit of muscle, I’m pretty chuffed with the loss.
Ok, so every weight loss story has to have that aha! moment. The sudden realisation that it’s probably time you tried to burn off some of that fat, and my story is no different.
The trigger came when I got a glimpse of my medical record. In the Patient Weight box, the doctor had simply written…
This is when that switch flicked in my mind. I knew I was overweight (that was pretty obvious), but being medically labelled as obese made it seem so much more serious.
I’d love to tell you that I had a ‘secret weight loss trick’, that it was drinking green tea, and swallowing a few pills that made the difference, but the truth is, I just ate less and moved more. I got more involved with sports at school, and made an effort to try and go for a half an hour walk each day.
I managed to drop about 2 stone in a year. I was still kind of ‘husky’, but the loss was noticeable.
I sort of yo-yo’d from there. Being old enough to earn money, meant I was old enough to spend money. And what better what to spend money on than food?
So at about 16, I looked like this (please ignore the hair!)
A big improvement from the first photo, but definitely a long way from beach body.
That’s when I started going to the gym. At first it was just a bit of a mess around. I’d show up for an hour, do a few sets of bench press, and then go home.
And I always skipped leg day
As I got more into it, I started to do some research. I started watching ‘how to’ bodybuilding videos on YouTube. I searched for the best ways to train, the best foods to eat, the most effective diets.
And here I am now, at 24, slightly addicted to the gym, and definitely sitting at a healthy weight.
Ok, so a ‘ten year transformation’ doesn’t sound that impressive, but weight loss takes time. It took years of making small changes to my diet, my lifestyle, and my mind set to get to where I am now.
Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint.