Weight Loss

Weight Loss. Is this time different? #Dadfit

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If you’ve paid attention, I’ve mentioned before that I am a pretty fat dude. In some ways it doesn’t bother me but in other ways it bothers me a great deal.

I’ve always been fat for as long as I can remember, always wore big baggy clothes and always tried to pretend it didn’t bother me. Some people believe being fat is some sort of disease, I disagree.
In most cases people have done nothing to stop themselves getting so fat but often by the time they realise they are on a slippery road to obesity it’s already too late.

I used to be a smoker. I started smoking when I was as young as 11 or 12. That sounds bad, but as the child of a smoker it was around me all the time. Smoking of course is a leading cause of cancer and in fact in 2000 at the age of 18, I lost mother to cancer. This still didn’t stop me from smoking, I continued to smoke for another 9 years until finally kicking the habit. In 2009 I lost my father to septicaemia. This in part was caused by him suffering from diabetes for years and a wound of his not being able to heal properly. What started as a cut on his toe, led to the possibility of losing his leg. The problem was because of his lifestyle in his younger days and the state of his body due to obesity his body wouldn’t have survived the surgery, so they had no option but to simply wait for the inevitable. Why am I telling you this? I guess it’s because I don’t want obesity to have the same effect on my kids and for them to see me suffer a similar fate.

I don’t want my kids growing up thinking it’s OK to be fat. It’s not. I don’t mean because it’s ugly or disgusting or any of that shallow stuff, being obese is bad because it’s unhealthy. I don’t want to be unhealthy for me or my kids.

On the flip side of that, losing weight is hard. People (mostly thin ones) think it’s easy. Eat fewer calories than you burn. In theory that works, but putting it into practise on a daily basis isn’t always possible and again once you’ve piled on the pounds its hard to get back on the healthy road.

Last time I went on holiday we stayed in an all-inclusive hotel. This meant that all food and drink was included. You could eat breakfast from 7-9, lunch from 12-3 and dinner from 7-10 but there was also snack bars available between those times. That means that nothing is stopping you eating between 7am and 10pm…thats 15 hours of food!
Of course there’s will power, but you’ll often find that’s gone on holiday too and probably to a different location all together!
On our last holiday in two weeks I put on 6lbs…thats nearrly half a stone in two weeks. They day we returned to the UK I started my diet. Want to guess how long it took me to lose that holiday weight? Nearly 4 weeks! That means it takes nearly twice as long to lose weight than it does to gain weight. Losing weight is hard!

So here we are again. I’m on a mission to change my fate and the fate of my children. I’m on a mission to shed some weight…again but will this time be any different?
This time i’m following weight loss plan/way of eating (They don’t like to call it a diet!)
This time, I’ve joined a gym!
This time, I’ve located my will power again…for how long, who knows!

Send me your positive thoughts.
Send me your stories if you’ve been on a journey from hefty to healthy.
Send me money…..unrelated to weight loss but every penny helps! 🙂
You could even join me! Join the #DadFit revolution and make yourself a better, healthy you!

As always, thanks for reading.
DWB

17 comments

  1. Good luck bud, if you struggle with will power try putting an horrendous photo of yourself on the fridge or cupboard door. One look and you won’t reach for snacks. All the best on your journey, but remember it does take a while to do it properly so have patience and you’ll get there.

    1. If i look at pictures of me it makes me wanna eat. I eat because I’m unhappy because I eat. lol
      I think thats my problem sometimes. I diet and hit a platau and then I think it aint working and give up, or I exoect it to happen overnight. I have another post talking about that to type up. it really is a marathon not a sprint.

      Thanks for the comment and hopefully this time will be different!

  2. Best of luck. Like you I went on an all-inclusive holiday and while it was great trying all that different food I pilled on the pounds as well. I am a member of a gym, but cannot remember the last time I actually went (at least 4 weeks ago). Getting back on a weight loss plan has been on my mind just recently but find it hard, BBQ this weekend, camping with the outlaws next weekend. Maybe then I will knuckle down and fight the fat. (procrastination, the root of all evil eh)

    1. Garry, Garry, Garry. I appriciate the comment greatly but in those words you typed I can see myself and the excuses I used (and hope to never use again) to justify my lack of effort.
      What time does your gym close? Once everything is done for the evening, go to the gym…even for 20 minutes is better than nothing! Of course I don’t have the room to talk but its the same crap i used to tell myself that I am determined not to do again.
      The worst bit was the use of the word ‘Maybe’…MAYBE? C’mon Garry!! Don’t be a maybe person! lol
      OK, I’ll get off my soapbox now and go realise I’m not Mr Motivator! 🙂

      Thanks again for the comment.

  3. Keep at it dude, when you hit a plateau its just because your body has reached equilibrium, so something has to change… Burn more calories or take in less calories…. It was on a BBC documentary so it must be true. I used to think that cycling 4 miles to work was a long way… Today I did 16…so whatever you are doing you can always do more…respect for doing it and why you are doing it.. Best wishes

  4. Massive good luck Lewis I already know u r work very hard from our daily chats and by staying committed and using ur kids future with u in it every day is a massive motivation I think. As u know I’m changing my ways too for the better and I’ll b here for u as u r for me my friend but keep up the good work ur doing fabulous.

  5. I’ve always been a bit of a heffer and what you have posted reminds me of me. I’ve really been working on my fitness recently as my wife is due with our second (our first is 19 months and just starting to run around everywhere) so I want to be fit for them. It’s supertough for sure, I’m not too worried about losing weight but what I want is to improve my fitness and it’s working slowly. I’ve try and do a spin session on my bike 2-3 times a week just after the boy as gone to bed, as by then I’ve not relaxed into the evening but it is difficult indeed.

    1. Thanks for the comment.
      It really is hard especially when you have little ones. (Ours are 17 months apart).
      I’ve joined a gym and go as soon as the kids are in bed, once you sit and relax you end up stuck there till bed time.
      For fitness I have heard nothing but good things about the Couch-2-5K app. Gets you running 5K in 9 weeks. Check it out.

      Thanks again
      L

  6. Dude, some of what you wrote sounded like it was coming out of my mouth.
    I too need to loose a lot of weight and I have done the slimming clubs but find it hard to sick to them after a while.
    I have just bought myself a bike and am yet to get out on it. I also ha love a gym membership that I haven’t used for a while.
    So I’m with you on this… Let’s get healthy!!!!

    1. I’ve found you just need to do it! Theres been more than on occassion recently where I just can’t be bothered but for the sake of 20-30 mins excercise it’s worth the effort.
      The wife goes to Slimming World and I just cook and eat what she wants to eat and the diet allows some lovely food which helps wwith the sticking to it. I’ve had 2 bottles of beer today and it’s allowed! lol
      If you want it, only you/we can make it happen!
      It helps a great deal if your other half is doing it asswell as its extra support.
      Good Luck and get working!

      1. Aye very true, the other half has said he’s off to the gym tomorrow so I know he’s up for it too. I think I struggle with the will power more than anything. But if I fail there is only me to blame and… I’ve failed a fair few times already. I don’t need to do it but I want to its just hard.

        1. I think sometimes the problem is we set ourselves upto fail by setting our target too far so when it takes long to get there we give up.
          Set mini targets, even if its something like going a week without chocolate. when you acheive that it will give you confidence to acheive other things and eventually, for example, go a month without chocolate.
          Sometime I ask myself what I want more, to be slimmer/healthier or the short high that this chocolate/beer/whatever will give me….normally the former wins…but not always.
          Saying ALL of that I’m incredibly fat so what do I know! lol I need to stick to my own advice!

  7. Well done on taking that all-important first step! I need to find some motivation too. It seems absurd that I am so proud that our kids are healthy and lean whereas their dad is, well, let’s just say that if the camera adds ten pounds then I’m wearing about four of them … Time for me to get started too.

  8. Been there, know the feeling. I’m trying to summon up the motivation to get back on the weight loss truck. I do Weight Watchers, and weirdly not only do I lose weight while I’m on it, I usually don’t feel deprived, I have much more energy a few days in, and — get this — I enjoy my food more. So why on earth am I not doing it? It takes a bit of effort working out the PPvalue for the recipes we cook, but not that much.

    This post has been the kick up the backside I needed, I think. Good luck with your journey, and well done for quitting smoking. That’s pretty amazing all in itself.

    1. Thanks for the comment and if this is really kicked you up the butt then let me know how you get on.
      I feel the same abot slimming world. You have to work out what you should and should not eat here and there, its a pain in the arse when you want to not cook, but if you just follow it which is simple, you will lose weight.

      Good luck!
      L

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