A dad's journey into health


February 2016

On your marks! Get set!….


So I got the plan about a week ago and am very eager to start.  That’s right, unfortunately there have been some issues getting in the way of me actually starting yet but not to worry, I will soon be on the road to success (more positive self-talk than anything else).

February has been a bit of a baron month monetarily speaking so I haven’t been able to buy all the gubbins I feel I need to get going.  I was a bit shocked (or maybe naive) at the amount of supplements and proteins you need to buy, not to mention the added costs as they are very expensive and I would need to fork out another £60-£80 on top of what I have already paid for the plan (It would have been a good idea to send me an e-mail with all the other things on after I had paid and was waiting for the plan).  To be clear he does say that you don’t have to buy the supplements but that they help a lot, so why would I not want to give myself the best shot at health.

I went to the local health shop and tried to get my head around Proteins, BCAA, Whey, Multivitamins and the such, but as it turns out my brain just isn’t that malleable.  I was confronted with a wall of promise laden,  self-esteem boosting, fat shredding, bulk building powders that would basically turn me into The Hulk (Secretly though, I would love to be The Hulk…..‘PUNY HUMANS’).

However staring at the wall like a lost tourist at a map, the shop assistant took pity on me and asked if I was okay.  Fighting the urge to run out crying, I asked her for some help. After much deliberation I decided that I would buy a simple Whey Protein that promotes weight loss and muscle repair and to buy a good Multivitamin to take once a day.

So I am almost ready to start and I thought that it would be a good idea to go online and have a little go of one of Joe’s HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts.  Not three minutes in and the twins (yes I have two year old twins) come in screaming at daddy because they have no clue what I am doing and it looks as though I am trying to kill myself. I try to carry on but the screaming continues, when in steps my nine year old Labrador, Gus, and he decides  that he should bark and head-butt me till I cease.  I now realise that I need to get up at about half five in the morning to do a workout in peace before everyone gets up.  #sadface

All that’s left now is to ‘plan like a boss’ and cook my first weeks meals to make it as easy as possible.  I have already bought enough Tupperware to sink an ocean liner.

Wish me luck I’m going in and if I’m not back in a week or so…..just wait longer.

First steps into a slimmer world (hopefully)

cropped-imag1235.jpgOkay, so here it is, my first blog.  I am a dad, husband, dog owner, youth worker, geek and gamer.   Having reached the ripe old age of 36 I have decided that ‘enoughsenough’, it’s time that I tackle my life long affliction of………..wait for it……………being a fatty.

Having three young children is tiring at the best of times but when you are a bit of a tubs it’s down right knackering and I am done, fed up, through with it.  I have tried slimming in the past with such things as Weight Watchers and Slimming World and for the first few weeks I do great, but then that pesky thing called life gets in the way and I have to miss a week or am ill and as soon as I miss one session I am then looking for excuses to miss the next one, and the next and so on.

This time around though I want it more.  I have signed up to The Body Coaches (Joe Wicks) plan the 90 Day SSS Plan.  I heard of him through a buddy and started following him on Instagram (@thebodycoach  #Leanin15) the pictures were amazing and I wanted to be one of them.  It took a few months before having the nerve to jump in though.   The plan costs about £150 all at once or over three months, you get a tailored plan just for you and your own coach who is there for you through the process (albeit via e-mail).  I had to fill out a huge questionnaire, in which I had to write down what I would eat in a normal week.  This in itself was horrible and it’s easy to see why I am as big as I am.  Then I had to attach pictures of myself in swimming shorts (it’s not good being able to see what everyone else sees as opposed to how I look in my own head).

I travelled to my local Tesco to get weighed and measured and was horrified that I am 18st 9lb, that’s 118.8kg in new money (the largest I have ever been) which means I put on about a stone over Christmas.  The real shocker though was that 50% of me is just fat.  There’s an incentive if ever one was needed.

With money paid and questionnaire completed I simply await the arrival of the pack, which includes my eating and exercise plans.  I am using these last few days to enjoy my old life, having my favourite meals before it begins. DUN DUN DUUUUUN

Why the blog then Mr?  I wanted to record my progress through this plan and then into the future, so that I had a map of the journey I have travelled.  I also hope that it will keep me a little more invested in making these changes.

Not sure if I have the man-berries to put the pictures up of myself yet because basically put I’m a coward.  But I will have a balls-out approach to my blogging.  I will share everything about this time without sugar coating anything.  It’s kind of an outlet for my experiences but if you read it and like it, well that’s just spiffing.

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