Successful Weight Loss

January 5, 2012

Happy New Year!

I’ve had a hectic few weeks going off to St Lucia for my Christmas vacation so I haven’t had a chance to update the site for a while.

So I thought it was time to share with you where I had got to just before Christmas.

Check this out:

Just to confirm, that’s 149lbs or 10st 9lbs!

Remember I started at 13st 5lbs (187lbs, 85kgs) in January 2011 so over the course of a year I’ve lost 2st 10lbs (38lbs,17.5kg).

That might not sound like a huge amount but as a percentage of my initial body weight it’s actually over 20%! And I’ve done it whilst also increasing my muscle mass which weighs more than fat, so my overall fat has gone down massively.

I’ve done this without dieting, without joining a gym and without giving up anything I like. I’ve not used pills, not been to dieting groups, and I’ve never, ever gone hungry.

What I have done, however, is make regular tiny changes to my everyday habits. I’ve set myself a realistic LONG TERM goal, and I’ve allowed myself to lose weight easily and naturally without putting pressure on myself which inevitably has set me up to fail in the past.

I’ve done things backwards to how the TV shows do it. None of this diving in to strict diets and four hour a day exercise regimes which make you lose a lot of weight in the beginning and then leaves you no way of stepping it up when you start to plateau or get bored.

I started gradually, cutting down on drinking so much, swapping fries for boiled potatoes once in a while, eating the odd apple here and there instead of a chocolate bar. I started exercising just for a few minutes (literally!) a day. Not so much that I would resist doing it, or find an excuse not to do it.

Gradually, week by week, I found myself exercising a little more each day (still not much though, a year later and I still only do 15-20 minutes a day). I found myself eating more healthy meals than unhealthy ones, and I drink alcohol mainly only on weekends these days instead of every day.

And none of it is forced. I want to do it. And as my weight has been falling off it’s encouraged me to keep going.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t have blow outs. On every vacation last year I put weight back on. Mainly due to drinking everyday, doing no exercise at all, and eating like a pig. Good fun but by the end of the vacation I always find myself ready to eat healthy again (especially when I step on the scales and realise how much I’ve put on). But I don’t feel bad about it, I don’t scold myself for it. I enjoy the blow outs knowing full well that it’ll all come off again as soon as I get back to my normal routine.

Want to see what I look like now?

Check this out:

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Not bad, eh? But it doesn’t stop here. I’ve still got a bit of flab around the torso and I’ve still promised myself a 6 pack. How about I get that done by my summer holiday? It’s possible to get it done in a couple of months but that would require strict diet and plenty of exercise and remember, that’s not my style. I’m going to get it the easy way, the lazy way. Watch this space!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ted January 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Hello,
Just wanted to say Im a frequent visitor here , and always interested in your posts.
If it wasnt for you I my knowledge on this topic wouldnt be so tremendous.
Now back to the topic. Me , Im personally a health freak. I need to go to the gym everyday. No matter the situation. I also like to eat what I want so that explains why I go everyday. But all of these programs and pills is complete and utterly B.S! Honestly to everyone take my words. Get out there excerise and become more physically active because trying a diet or a pill wont any solve anything. I have seen diets where people starve themselves to lose weight only to gain in back the next month. Take my advice people Just excerise daily even if its for 15-30 minutes a day. It really can help!

Graham January 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thanks Ted. The trouble is, if you’re anything like me, or like I was a year ago anyway, even 15 minutes exercise a day is too much! Losing weight is 90% nutrition and 10% exercise so the MOST important thing to concentrate on is what you eat. Exercise certainly helps but on it’s own, unless you’re training for like 4 hours a day, it won’t have anywhere near the impact of adjusting your diet.

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