My PERSONAL JOURNEY
Every person has a story to tell. This is mine.
10 years ago I was a heavily overweight 24yr old working in an office living on junk food and alcohol. Today I'm almost 35, I'm fitter, stronger and healthier than I have ever been. I have learnt a significant amount over the last decade the most important of all is that it's not really how "healthy" your body looks on the outside but how well it functions on the inside.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN...
2008 - 24yrs old - approximately 12 stone 5lbs or just a shade under 80kg - Dress size 16
2012 - 28yrs old - approximately 8 stone 6lbs 0r 55kg-ish - Dress size 8
Total loss - approx. 4 stone or 25kg - 4 dress sizes
I'd always been an active, outdoorsy type of kid. You would rarely see me without a football or my bike. My mum would be forever trying to get grass stains out of the knees on my jeans and I was guaranteed to always have at least one massive bruise and a scuff or a graze somewhere.
At school I was that kid that loved P.E. I was captain of both the hockey and rounders teams and was massively into martial arts, practicing the discipline of Kyokushinkai.
This all went wrong when I left home at 18. I'd quit sports, gotten myself an office job, I spent endless nights out drinking and days hungover, eating fast food. By the time I was 24 I'd reached the picture on the far left.
The moment I saw this picture I was horrified!... It was time to make a change and reclaim my health and my fitness.
It took me about 3.5yrs to reach the picture on the right. Now you may think that I look amazing in this picture but the truth is I was hugely unhealthy. I slept only 4 hours a night, I did ridiculous amounts of exercise and seriously restricted my food. I thought I looked pretty good BUT I was unhappy and hungry...all the time. Not great for someone that loves to eat!
WHERE I AM NOW...
2017 - 34yrs old - approx. 10 stone 5lbs or 67kg - Dress size 10
Increase in weight of approx. 2 stone or 12kg or from 2012 and a dress size bigger.
What I do to continue to develop my knowledge and skills