Welcome to my Journey!

I wasn’t planning to start this for a few months until I had time to prepare myself properly. However, after seeing photos from a recent holiday I decided I couldn’t wait any longer, so here I am.

My Past

Before I get onto my plan to get rid of my dadbod I just want to tell you about my past attempts.

My weight gain

I have always struggled with my weight since my teens, when I got my first job after leaving college it was quite physical and the weight eventually just dropped off and I was around 180lbs. This was fine until I started doing shift work, which made me tired all the time, so I turned to energy drinks to keep me awake. With the energy drinks and lack of any diet, the weight came piling on until I was 220lbs.

Attempts to lose weight

I was tired and embarrassed of being overweight and have tried many different ways to combat it.

The first thing I tried was juicing as it was the in thing to do at the time. This didn’t last for long and I was back to my old habits. I then did the 9-week Insanity work out from Beach Body. Not being a sporty person this was a big challenge for me but I stuck to in and completed the full nine weeks, I managed to lose about 20lbs from this but as you can imagine once it finished I was back to square one.

The following year my wife and I booked our honeymoon to the Maldives. So with four months to go, I wanted a body I wouldn’t be uncomfortable showing on the beach. To get the body I wanted I mixed dieting, juicing and working out. All I would have at work was juice, which was made up of watermelon apple and lemon. At home I would only eat meat and veg, nothing processed. I would also go running a few times a week and do a few workouts with resistance bands or weights. I lost around 40lbs and felt in the best shape ever.

Our honeymoon was in 2015 and for the rest of 2016 no matter what I did I couldn’t stay at this weight but managed to stay around 200lbs. Since then I have joined the Gym and ran multiple times a week as well as trying the Insanity workout again. For whatever reason, most likely my diet, they didn’t help me lose weight and I became discouraged and stopped all of these.

Last attempt

My last attempt was in 2018 after we moved to Wales. I was at my biggest at 233lbs. I tried Slimming world and it really worked for me, losing 23lbs in a few months. Again it didn’t last before I stopped again.

Now

I’m now ready to take action and start my journey again. This time I don’t want it to be a phase but a change in lifestyle. I have created this blog to hold myself accountable. I will post pictures to keep myself motivated and remind me of what I don’t want to look like again.

So here is my first picture

Picture of me before I start my journey
Me, before I start my journey at 238lbs

As much as I hate this picture of me, it’s important that I show it here to remind and encourage myself to stay on track. This is the biggest I have ever been weighing 238lbs. It seems as though every time I give up dieting or exercising I put on more than before I started. This is why this time, it needs to be a lifestyle change and not a temporary fix.

My Plan

As I wasn’t planning to start this for a few months, I haven’t been able to start the way I wanted. The plan was to change my diet and get a treadmill to run on most mornings. However, we can’t always wait until the right time to start as there’s always an excuse not to.

So the first stage of my journey is to change my diet. Currently I live on ready meals, junk food and energy drinks. I will be removing all these from my diet for special occasions or treats only. Let’s be honest you can’t say you will never have anything unhealthy again and not be lying to yourself.

My Diet

To start with my diet will be loosely based on the slimming world diet as this has worked well for me in the past. Once I have done more research on improving my diet I will then mix it up.

For breakfast, I’ll have two slices of wholemeal toast with butter and a banana.

Lunch will be a salad that worked really well for me in the past. Lettuce, spinach, carrot, cucumber and plain chicken. I will sometimes add rice to it or replace chicken with tuna. Although this will be the same meal every day, it works and will get me started whilst finding new meals to try.

Dinner with be a lot of veg and healthy meals such as jacket potatoes and along with the slimming world diet a small amount of dairy with each meal.

Snacks I will also be having will be mainly fruits, Mullur light yoghurts with my lunch and the occasional diet coke which is allowed with slimming world.

This is as far as my plan goes to start with, and will make tweaks as I go along based on my results for the week.

Exercise

To start with I currently will be dieting only until I have space for a treadmill in my office which should hopefully be in a month or two. I don’t have the courage to go running outside as I currently look. I will also be looking at other ways to add exercises to my day as I go.

Updates

I will post weekly updates every Friday throughout my journey with weight loss results, ups and downs from the week and anything new I have tried. Monthly I will also upload a new progress picture to compare how I’m doing.

Goals and challenges

I have a few goals and challenges I want to complete during my journey. This is what I have so far:

  • Reach my goal weight of 175lbs
  • Run 5km in 25 minutes on the treadmill
  • Attempt a tough mudder or similar event
  • Run an actual race, 5k or 10k

Track my journey below

Check out my full journey here:

The Journey Begins Here And This Is My Plan
Week 1 The First Steps To A New Me – 4.5lbs Down
Week 2 More Energy Already – 4lbs Down
Week 3 Motivation – 2 lbs Down
Week 4 Progress Picture – 2.5lbs Down
Week 5 Clothes Fitting Better – 2.5lbs Down
Week 6 Wrong Choices – 1lb Down
Week 7 Back On Track – 3.5lbs Down
Week 8 More Progress Pictures – 1lb Down
Week 9 More Focused – 3lbs Down
Week 10 Still Going Strong – 3lbs Down
Week 11 Disappointing – 0.5lbs Down
Week 12 Damn You Man Flu – 2.5lbs Down
Week 13 Food Cravings – 2lbs Down
Week 14 Distractions – 1lb Down
Week 15 Time Out – 1.5lbs Down
Week 16 Seeing A Difference – 0.5lbs Down
Week 17 Started Exercising – 0lbs Down
Week 18 Changes To My Diet – 1.5lbs Down
Week 19 Weight Gain – 1lb Up

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