About Me

Hello and welcome to Grahams Gut.Com

My name is Graham and this was my gut:
Grahams Gut

Back in January 2011, I had just turned 43 years old and I was overweight and out of shape and to be honest, I was pretty disappointed in myself for letting myself get this way.

If you’re anything like me then you’ll know that this sort of thing isn’t planned. It happens gradually without you noticing. I lived a sedentary life, working on computers during the day, and I didn’t get any exercise.

Everyone and his dog knows that to have a great body you need to eat healthily, work out at least an hour a day, get plenty of sleep, drink loads of water etc.

But let’s face it, can you be bothered? Do you have the time?

I worked sitting on my backside all day and then spent the evening sat on my backside either in the pub, in a restaurant or in front of the TV.

None of my friends or family are the ‘sporty’ type. If I knew someone that fancied a game of tennis or squash every now and then I’d be up for it, but I don’t. I’ve tried going to the gym. How dull is that?

Grahams Belly

 

I must have signed up to a monthly subscription at about ten different gyms over the years. And it’s always the same. I get enthusiastic for the first few weeks and I lose a few pounds pretty quickly, but then the pounds stop falling off and rather than being enthusiastic about going, I start to dread the idea of it. I end up forcing myself to go and hate every minute that I’m there.

Then I start finding really valid reasons why I don’t have time to go today, or the next day, and before I know it, I’ve not been for two months so I cancel my membership and get on with my life.

I also like food.

I like eating out, and I like drinking. I’ve tried dieting in the past, restricting myself to ‘healthy food’ but again, just like going to the gym it just gets boring. So I end up sneaking in the odd snack here and there. After all, that one Snickers bar isn’t going to do any harm is it?

But then I’m off the diet and back on the crisps, chocolate, coke, beer, chips, take aways… the lot.

If I’ve had a busy week I like nothing better than ordering a take away, sitting on the sofa with a couple of bottles of wine, and watching movies. When the take away is finished, I’ll hit the snacks. Chocolate usually as it goes so well with wine! Or, if I’m in a savoury mood, loads of nuts and cheese. Lovely.

But soon enough I couldn’t fit into any of my nice shirts. When I went on holiday, I never took my top off.

Let’s face it, this sort of look may well be normal for an average 43 year old guy but I hated it. I really hated it.

So I decided 2011 was the year I got rid of my gut… for good.

And I set up this site as a diary of my attempt to do so. By making this public, I held myself to account.

Look, there is a ton of information available on how to lose weight. I spent the year learning as much as I could about how to get in shape without falling over the first hurdle a couple of months down the line and giving up.

The biggest problem for me is not physical. I know how to lose weight. We all do. It can be summed up in four words…

Eat Less. Move More.

But that is far, far easier said than done. I should know, I’ve tried it loads of times. No, the problem for me, and I’m sure for almost anyone else that’s struggled to get in shape, is psychological.

If you’re like me and you work hard and play hard and simply don’t have a healthy routine, or it seems you just don’t have the time or energy to get in shape, then you’ll know exactly what I mean.

What I’ve learned is that if I’m ever going to make a lasting, effective change to how I live, then I have to make small changes to what I do, rather than trying to break lifetime habits overnight.

So that’s what I did.Grahams Big Gut

 

I’d like to share my journey with you. I wanted  to finally get the body I’d been promising myself since I was 20, and I wanted to achieve it in one year. If you would like to make 2013 the year you finally lose that weight, then please have a good look through this site.

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On the right hand side at the top you’ll find a link to my weekly weigh in and a summary of what I’d been up to.

I’ve posted interesting articles that I’ve come across too. There’s a lot of mis-infomation on the net and I’ve attempted to work out what’s good advice and what isn’t.

Tools of the Trade

You can get into shape without spending any money or buying any stuff. In fact, as you’ll discover when you browse this blog, I am not really into fad diets, or infommercial gadgets and gizmos. I don’t like the idea of buying pills and potions, or expensive gym subscriptions or personal trainers.

But there are a few things I do recommend getting. They are not essential, but I’ve found they have helped me in my journey. You can get away with cheaper options too if you shop around no doubt,  but from my point of view, these are things that you buy once and will last a lifetime.

The first thing I bought was a decent set of scales. Check these out:

Withings Regular Fat Bloke Tells His Story

I bought a Withings scale which is a really cool set of scales with a built-in WiFi connection.

All you do is stand on the thing and it measures your weight, body fat, lean mass and Body Mass Index and then automatically updates the details on your iPhone and dedicated webpage.

Brilliant!

When you first get it you have to input your height, age, sex etc. and then set it up with your wifi connection but then after that all you do is stand on the thing and it does everything else for you.Bowflex 300x300 Strength Training is the Answer.

I also bought a set of Bowflex dumbells. Don’t worry, I don’t do tons of exercise, as you’ll see when you read the blog. But I do do some exercise. And any exercise is better than none at all. I’ve found this particular set of dumbells absolutely invaluable because it’s basically like having a whole set in one pair. It’s just brilliant.

It’s not super cheap, but it’s cheaper than buying a whole set, and certainly cheaper than a gym membership. This is one bit of equipment that will last for life but doesn’t take up loads of room and really makes exercising quick, efficient and actually fun.

 

Finally I bought I BodyCraft Dumbell Bench.

This is a really solid, sturdy weight lifting bench that you would find in a gym. Again, it’s not super cheap but you get what you pay for. I had a cheap one in the past and the thing wobbled about when used which isn’t great for your confidence. It also broke.  The BodyCraft Bench is a solid, reliable and, most importantly, safe bit of kit. It will last a life time and is really very handy. You can buy extra bits for it too if you feel that way inclined but I’ve been happy with the basic model. Nice and simple and served me very well.

 

And that’s it.

Again, you don’t need to buy this stuff to lose weight, but as you read my blog you’ll see how easy it is to start moving just a little bit more. Just five or ten minutes a day is all you need. And this equipment will make those few minutes really worthwhile. As you’ll see if you check out my progress so far!

Here’s to making 2013 the best year ever!

Cheers

Graham

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