There was no special pill that you pop then as you’re sitting in the office working a way, the room suddenly fills with a vile smell, while at the same point a brown sticky substance trickles down your leg before you’ve realised that you’ve just shit yourself!
It’s like being a baby again, not able to control your bowels, one of the lovely side effects associated with some of the weight loss pills available on the market today.
Well I sure as hell wasn’t going to put my fellow colleagues through that, so the “magic pill” was out the question! I didn’t fancy the Atkins diet, the eating feck all diet or the rabbit diet, so what was left for me to try and save my dignity in the process?
I can’t think of anything worse than getting a tube rammed up my arse flushing all the badness away, ok maybe there are worse things but I ain’t willing to get it done so end of! So now we’re running out of viable solutions, or are we?
So how did I manage to lose weight? Quite simply with a lot of hard work and dedication!
- Cut out the alcohol – now this was a hard one for me as those of you who know me know I like the odd tipple, well I used to! Every Thursday without fail I’d have 3 or 4 beers, well it was nearly the weekend wasn’t it! Weekends were filled with alcohol downing sessions of lager, wine, whisky and pretty much anything that had an alcohol content! Not now, I very rarely have a drink
- Early Morning Turbo Sessions – I’ve been getting up at 6am on a Mon, Tue, Thurs and Friday and rattling in 50-60mins on the turbo trainer. I’ve been using the 3LC Climbing and 3LC Road Race DVD’s which are basically interval training workouts for use on the turbo. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s a struggle to get out my bed at that time but I just remind myself of the progress I’ve made and what can be achieved and I’m out that bed before I know it!
- Cycling – on a Wed night I head out with some of the boys for our usual 25mile Wed night pedal and at the weekend the pedal ranges from between 40-60miles, sometimes more.
- Calorie Counting – I’ve been using MyFitnessPal to keep track of my calorie intake. You can use the web application or download the mobile app, which is great for keep track of your calories while on the move.
So that’s really all there is to it, you need to want to lose the weight and be 100% committed! There was a two week spell where I lost nothing, infact I put a pound or two on, but that was down to the muscle build up. It’s important to have a set of scales that measures BMI and Body Fat. While my weight had increased slightly, my body fat % and BMI had lowered. If I hadn’t been able to measure these I would have become dishearted and possibly gave up!
So can doing the above really work? You tell me:
That’s what only 8 weeks dedication and hard work can achieve. The rest of the sats are as follows:
- Weight dropped from 215 lbs to 192.6 lbs, that’s a loss of 22.4 lbs
- Body Fat has dropped from 25.9% to 22.5%, that’s a reduction of 3.4%
- BMI has dropped from 27.6 (overweight) to 24.7 (healthy weight), that a reduction of 2.9
- My blood pressure used to be high and is now normal
- Jeans and trousers now fall down without a belt on. Need to drop down a size, if not two.
- I bought a G-Star Raw t-shirt over a year ago and it didn’t fit, was too tight around the beer gut, never got round to taking it back. Just the other day I took the tags off it and now wear it as it’s a perfect fit
- I very rarely have to use my inhaler for my asthma anymore, while before I used it on a daily basis
So there you have it, that’s how I managed to shed the pounds, become healthier and fitter in only 8 weeks. This isn’t the end, this is just the beginning, I’ll be continuing to progress and lose more weight.
I’ve become a lot stronger on the bike and am powering up the hills at the moment, so long may that continue.