Three weeks in now and although I am not lacking motivation to carry on, I found a picture that I’ll be using to keep going.

Motivation for weight loss, a picture of me from four years ago.

This picture of me was taken four years ago on honeymoon. I lost around 50lbs before we went so I could enjoy it and not feel self conscious in just my swimming shorts. I weighed about 180lbs here which is a big difference to what I currently weigh.

My goal is to weigh 5lbs lighter than I was in this photo. I will be using it as motivation to show myself what I can look like and that it is achievable as I’ve done it before.


Starting weight: 238lbs
Loss this week: 2lbs
Current weight: 227.5lbs

Total loss: 10.5lbs
Target weight: 175lbs
Weight left to lose: 52.5lbs

The Weekend

Over the weekend I was a bit more relaxed on my diet than I probably should have been. We spent Saturday at the Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford with my parents.

Air Tattoo

We had a BBQ dinner and when we finished the Ice cream van just happened to pull up next to us. As it was such a hot day I thought it would be rude not to. I managed to pull it back Sunday and have a healthy day with no extra treats.

This Week

As I over indulged on the weekend I have made sure to stay on track this week. It hasn’t been easy with such lush weather. I just want to sit in the garden with something cold and fizzy or with an ice cream. I’ve also had to decline a chippy tea which wasn’t easy but I’m motivated more than ever right now. This is all because of the picture I found and the changes I can see in my body already.

I’ve had a few more Diet Cokes than I would like this week. Although I’m allowed them on Slimming world as they’re syn free, I do want to move away from them to just water. During this heat, water just doesn’t cut it and cold can of Diet Coke is needed. I’m not going to dwell on it as it’s not like I’ve been drinking full fat energy drinks all week and shouldn’t affect my progress.

My meal plans still haven’t changed much as I don’t feel the need to right now. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” so thats what I’m doing whilst it’s working. My Meal of the week is Chilli Con carne. Again made by my amazing wife. I’m not going to lie, she does almost all the cooking in the evenings and I wouldn’t be able to do this without her.

My favourite meal of the week – Chili Con Carne

Next Week

My weight loss has slowed this week so next week I will be aiming to drink more water and less Diet Coke to help increase my metabolism. It has been far too hot for me to do anything too physical this week but hopefully it will be a bit cooler next week and I can make a decision on what exercise I want to do. Last weekend my diet was too relaxed so I will be more strict this weekend.

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
Week 20 People Noticed – 2lbs Down
Week 21 Started Cardio – 1lb Down
Week 22 Burning Fat – 2.5lbs Down
Week 23 Sweating – 0.5lbs Down
Week 24 The Week Before Christmas – 1lb Down
Week 25 Christmas Week – 3.5lbs Up
Week 26 A New Year – 1lb Up
Week 27 Back To It – 2lbs Down
Week 28 Crazy Busy Week – 1lb Down
Week 29 Celebrating – 2lbs Up
Week 30 Back On The Bike – 3.5lbs Down
Week 31 Slow Going – 0.5lbs Down
Week 32 Some Progress – 0.5lbs Down
Week 33 Unmotivated – 1.5lbs Up
Week 34 I Need A Break – 2lbs Up

What is your Motivation?

What do you use as motivation to keep on track? Let me know in the comments below.

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