Time to get healthy – Fat man needs to go!

January 16, 2017
Time to get healthy

After years of abuse to my body I have decided that things have got to change and it is going to start with my own 40 day challenge as it’s time to get healthy!

It’s strategic that this all begins today, it was going to be on Friday 13th, but as I’m quite superstitious it’s best to avoid that day to start something so important. At 38 years old I have got to turn things around and make drastic changes.

Since the start of 2017, and it’s time to get healthy has already started! I have already made a few changes which includes cutting out alcohol, coffee and takeaways – that said I have had one Japanese takeaway but no more!

When it comes to losing right correctly there is no quick fix! When you are big, which unfortunately I am, the first change has to be to eat correctly and then to exercise.

I know that ‘fad’ diets don’t work in the long term but I do feel they can give you a physiological boost, or at least they do for me, so I am starting my new healthy lifestyle with the 3-day heart foundation diet!

Whilst you might be shouting “NO” at your screens, but 13 years ago in 2004 when I was 25 and again overweight, it was how I started dieting and it worked – this was when I was probably the healthiest I have ever been since turning 18! I’m finally facing the truth and it’s time to get healthy.

What went wrong?

From 2002 until 2005 I worked in Italy as an English language teacher, which was fantastic, and by the start of 2004 I realised that I was overweight and it had been getting worse for a few years.

Every so often I tried some new diet, these have included the very rotten cabbage soup diet, Aitkin, the pain of replacing food with disgusting tasting shakes and good old Weightwatchers, but none of them worked for me.

I feel that you have to find the right thing for you – for example my sister loves ‘Slimming World’, she thinks it’s incredible and it works for her.

In 2004, I started off with a three-day diet with lots of walking and then tried to eat a balanced diet and most importantly I cut alcohol out of my life and it worked!

It‘s strange looking back now, that I was in the country with the world’s best wine and I didn’t drink but at the time it was no problem. I would still go to bars but I drank sparkling water – it also helped with my finances as it used to cost me a euro for a drink rather than five for a pint! I managed to get myself into decent shape – there was still work to be done but I was happy!

Sadly my downfall started towards the end of 2005 about three months after moving to Ireland – I had stopped teaching and moved into recruitment. The high pressured sales environment was one that I enjoyed at times but found myself wanting to join my colleagues for a pint on a Friday night. It was also really frustrating that a bottle of water in Dublin cost between €2 .40-€2.70 in a pub compared to €1 in Italy!

I tried to continue my healthy Mediterranean diet after moving but I found myself eating more and more takeaways and doing much less walking and the kilos piled on!

Initially it was quite slow and I hadn’t noticed it but in 2006, it got a lot worse, I fell in love with Guinness – a drink that you should really limit or make sure you spend a lot of time in the gym to counter balance the whopping 210 calories in each pint!

Since then there were a few different diets that had worked for short periods but nothing that lasted!

What’s next?

It’s the time to get healthy and I have a plan – as I mentioned earlier I am going to start off with the ‘three-day’ diet and then go to a healthy and balanced diet where I want to keep my carbs to a minimum!

Exercise will be important for me to reach my goals – I aim to walk my dogs twice-a-day, go swimming four times-a-week and I am going back to play table tennis, after a six year break, twice-a-week.

In 2017, I have an important wedding to go and I want to be able to fit into my lovely Ted Baker suit that I have only ever worn once!

I am setting myself different targets; the first is to lose 10kg! Generally the first ten should be okay but then it’s key to keep them off!

After that it’s 12kg then 15kg and 20kg and hopefully building up to lose my overall goal of a whopping 52kg!

So with two months before I turn 39 I want to make the right changes and I am determined to do it!

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  • Reply Karoliina Kazi January 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Well done for taking charge of your life and making healthier choices – exciting times!

  • Reply Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel January 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Best of luck with your quest! I hope 2017 is a healthy and happy year for you – it’s all about making little, sustainable changes that you can keep to and finding a healthy balance.

  • Reply Nic - See Nic Wander January 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Best of luck on this new adventure! You can do it!

    • Reply Lily January 21, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Dag nabbit good stuff you whpreersnapppis!

  • Reply Meghan January 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Good for you deciding to get healthy! I know the choice can be difficult, but it is worth it in the end! Good luck with your travels and health in 2017!

  • Reply Christine K January 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    So happy for you that you have made the decision to get healthy. I know what you’re saying regarding the first 10. Then you have a turning point….to keep it off and then keep losing more or going the other way. It sounds like you are determined so that is a good sign. Good luck with your journey and I’ll look forward to hearing about your progress.

  • Reply Jasmin N January 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Even though that burger looks so super delicious, I’m happy that you’ve decided to start making healthier decisions 🙂 It doesn’t mean completely giving up burgers, but in a long haul eating healthier is so much better 🙂 Good luck with your journey, can’t wait to hear the updates 🙂

  • Reply elizabeth allcock January 16, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I am on a health kick for 2017 too so hard to get motivated sometimes. Good luck!

  • Reply Leta January 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Yay for changes! I wish you all the best with it and I hope you can achieve your goal 🙂 x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Reply Helene January 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Great challenge! You have set your goal and i think this will make the process easier. I have started 2017 with small changes in my diet and my daily work out routine so i can definitely understand you. Good luck and keep going!

  • Reply Catherine Renton January 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Best of luck! I also took a long hard look at what I was putting in my body and have given up alcohol, caffeine *weep* and sugary snacks. I was living on a diet of convenience food, chocolate and caffeine filled drinks and was wondering why I always felt so crap! The caffeine withdrawal was the worst but once I got over the hump I got a burst of energy that encouraged me to keep going. Just making small changes has meant my clothes are now looser and this is giving me the motivation to keep going. The picture of that burger is making me drool though…

  • Reply Борка Шаула January 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I love reading posts like this. They really make me feel more motivated. My actual goal is to eat healthy, to be healthy and to exercise regularly! And maybe lose a few kilograms along the way. I wish you best of luck. The road to losing 52kg won’t be easy, but, If you only lose kilogram per week, by the 2018. you’ll reach your goal!

  • Reply Manavi Siddhanti January 18, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I love reading posts that are health related. It’s better to cut off your relationship with junk food. Although having one or two every 2-3 months won’t harm that much i guess? Anyway all the best for this challenge. 🙂

  • Reply Nora January 19, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Oh wow, you’ve already done quite a change. I hope you’ll keep on track during 2017 and got to wear that Ted Baker suit! 🙂

    Nora /

  • Reply Agnes January 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    It’s so great that you have decided to make a change! Health is the most important, in my opinion. Otherwise, you are not able to enjoy life. I will be attending an important wedding in 2017 too, so I know it can be a good motivation. Let’s do this and make some jaw’s drop!

  • Reply Anita January 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    It’s great that you have determination to make your life healthy. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Reply Sarah Inkson January 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Good luck and I hope you stay on track. The important thing to remember is not to give up even if you get a few stumbling blocks along the way!

  • Reply Harsh Gupta January 24, 2017 at 6:34 am

    So good to hear about your new health goals! I have never been able to keep up with my fitness regimen for long but reading your post even I have been motivated to cut down on my carb intake a bit. Thanks man!

  • Reply Melissa Rose January 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Best of luck in your journey. I recently rejoined weight watchers as I need to lose a couple of lbs.

  • Reply Annie February 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I wish you best luck to reach your goal. But I’m sure that you can do it as long as you’re willing to stick to it and do it for yourself (and any other possible reason that you might have :P)

  • Reply Thehappylifesisters February 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Woohoo good for you! I need to change for the good too!

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