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NUTRITION

Eating natural foods, taking the time to plan meals and snacks. Pre-planning is the key! Low carbs, lots of protein, healthy fats and plenty H20

Supplements & Drugs; none!

WORKOUTS

Strength Training; Mon, Wed & Fri doing big compound exercises that hit the big muscle groups.

Cardio; currently none.

Next Weigh in:


11/11/13

ReBoot Stats

CURRENT STATS

Weight: 287lb

Body Fat: 44.7%

Muscle: 25.1%

LOSS/GAINS

Weight: - 21.6lb

Body Fat: - 3.3%

Muscle: + 1.6%

START STATS

Weight: 308.6lb

Body Fat: 48.0%

Muscle: 23.5%

DISCLAIMER

Before you start any exercise program or change your diet please contact your doctor before doing so.

Train safe! Eat healthy! :-)

A Look at the Journey So Fat…..I Mean So Far!

I thought that I would take a look back at my fat loss journey so far, the highs and the lows.  Click on the graph image above to enlarge it. Back in January 10th 2008 I weighed in at 302lbs, this isn’t the heaviest I have been, the heaviest weight that I can remember peering back at me on the scales was 322lbs.

Anyway, the journey from January 10th 2007 was sparked by two things; first my doctor telling me that I’d be lucky to see my 40th birthday, and secondly I read that 1 pound of muscle can burn up to 50 calories per day.  With this I got some weights and set my alarm for 4am (and still do!) and hammered away.  I started on some mad pills (come on I was so ignorant at the time!) that promised some super thermal fat loss, but all I got was a faster heart beat, paranoia and the super ability to not need any sleep.  After stopping the pills before my heart exploded I had to come to the realization that there are no short cuts to permanent fat loss, not weight loss but FAT LOSS.

Weight loss is what you’ll get on short cut, fad diets; their weight loss means (for most of the time) muscle loss, body fluid loss, brain cell loss, and maybe a slight loss of fat.

Fat loss is what you’ll get on a progressive nutrition and exercise plan that causes you to have a major lifestyle change (one-day-at-a-time) that will last.

You also need to accept a new paradigm which needs to be done over time and at the pace that you can accept it.

Rapid weight loss is not healthy, an unnatural, unbalanced nutrition, skipping meals, no exercise are the signs of a (temporary results) fad diet.

Ok let’s get back to the graph, so as you can see from January 2007 to April 2009 things were going pretty ok; a few ups and then downs at holidays and a few plateaus.

April 2009 saw my wife, Daniel (son) and I getting ready to move back to the UK. As my son has duel citizenship it was only my wife who needed a visa; the stress begins.

I work hard (extra hard) at keeping my life’s stress levels as low as possible during this fat loss journey because as I have noticed if I am super stressed the scales stop going down, some times go up.

During the lengthy and exhausting process of getting my wife’s visa this was not possible and my stress-o-meter was stuck in the red and as you can see on the graph a fatty hike began.

Not only were we all stressed out about this but we had to move from the house we were in (a job facility) to a hotel.  Yeah I love hotels too but hey having room service on tap is not a good thing when your trying to fat fight.

So slogging through nearly 3 months of visa prep and then the visa was approved and we ventured west to Scotland as my fat ventured north and out of orbit! :-(

So from July to the end of September (2009) I was struggling with my fat melting mission, trying to find a job and juggle life in the process.

After a start stop exercise program and fulfilling my lust of plenty of Scottish menus that I couldn’t find in Indonesia I gave myself a big kick in the pants back into reality and out of the rut that I’d dug for myself.

So from the end of September to Christmas I started on a downward trajectory of lard, it was going slowly but as long as it was going!

Before Christmas I had met up with Alan Strachan from AlanStrachanPersonalTraining.com to look at my nutritional program which I was quite pleased with when he told me that it was really good, then on January 4th 2010 I had my first personal training with Alan, and then Jennifer took me on after that for the next 3 months. During this time I went from 282lbs t0 250lbs, but not only that I received valuable lessons from Jennifer and Alan about working out, which was very different from what I had been doing on my own.

Jennifer also introduced me to my new passion of running and Alan inspired me and I signed up and paid my deposit for a full time personal training diploma with Premier, one of the best in the UK.

I will be off to Premier in August 2010 for almost 3 months to do this diploma.

So now at 243lbs I now feel back on track, with a new level of fitness that before, ok these last 3 weeks have saw me plateau but I am going to keep pushing through and it will come down again.

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