What a difference a year makes!

Well strictly speaking on Tuesday the 4th it’ll be the first anniversary of my actual first weigh in, but lets not get bogged down in minor details! The point is I have been at this weight loss malarkey for over a year now. It has been without a doubt one of the hardest years I have ever had! Both the physical and mental aspect of major weight loss can weigh heavy at times, but if you push through it and endure it’s absolutely worth it! I think it’s fair to say there there has been a little blood, lots of sweat and possibly a tear shed at one point during this journey! My goal of 100kg is in sight, once I get there I would have lost over 70kg (11 stone!). Once I’m there a new journey begins, one where a sensible diet and a regimen of consistent training will not only keep me at a more healthy weight, but will keep me a much happier and healthier person.

The benefits of my weight loss go far beyond the aesthetics,  yes I look smaller that much is a given, but the health benefits are huge! I sleep better, my skin is clearer, I have bags of energy and stamina and of course I can now buy clothes from the High Street as opposed to specialised online shops!

I have so many people to thank, they all know who they are! Once I lose the 70kg total then you’ll all get a shout out! 😉

There are so many lessons learned, don’t really have time to rattle on a great deal just now, I’ll save that for a later post!

Here is to the final push and all the people that have helped and supported me so far, I’ll keep working hard to make you proud and I’ll work even harder to prove the doubters wrong!

Welcome back!

Well it’s been a while since my last update! I took a break over the festive period, it was nice to relax and enjoy my food and drink again! As a result I put on 7kg! Truth be told I’m not to fussed, I had fun doing it and if Christmas and New Year only cost me 7kg each Year I can live with that!

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Welcome to the grind!

I love this passage so much!

“Rise and shine.
6am and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it’s too early, too dark, and too cold to get out of a bed.
Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move
A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland, but you didn’t ask their opinion.
The voice you’ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance.
A voice that’s says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.
Welcome to The Grind!
For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way, 10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, Each one promising the path of least resistance.
Thing is, you’re headed upstream.

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Guest Post: Jodie Bear

For the first time, a woman as a guest poster!

She has had a cracking journey so far losing 91lbs in 10 months! A great read! Another story showing the potential for dramatic body changes using BJJ as a main method of weight loss.

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My journey so far -91lbs ( 6stone 7lbs )

Hey there guys, the name is Jodie, or Jodie Bear. And here is my story so far.

At the start of 2013 I was 336lbs (24 stone) at 5ft 10″ and 18years old, that’s pretty bad…. No scratch that… Really really bad! I’ve always been big, as a child I was bullied mainly because of my weight. Because of this I used to comfort eat and thus gain more weight, Going into high school I still got bullied. I used to have no confidence and used to hide away in the library at break and lunch times. In the last few years I had a group of friends and stopped hiding away from the world I got to know people. Leaving high school I must have been around 16stone if not more. Always wanting to be a tattoo artist I set out to get an apprenticeship. After all the hunting I managed to get one in a local studio. At this time I must have been pushing 17-18 stone (238lbs – 252lbs)
With a Gregg’s (pastries galore) and with a job where the most of it I was sat on my backside 90% of the day didn’t help. By this time I accepted the fat jokes and made jokes about myself too.

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Guest Blog: James Keith

I have yet another inspirational guest blog, this time from my man over the pond in the good ol US of A. James (Yimmy) has done an amazing job with his weight loss and I’m proud to share his story (and photos!) with you all here!

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My names is James Keith.  I’m 24 and I reside in Toledo, Ohio, USA.  In the last 100 days I have dropped 80 pounds and a lot of bad habits.

I’ll never forget the day I stepped on the scale in the doctor’s office and the number 377(lbs/171kg) was read back to me.  Like a lot of overweight people I did not make a habit of stepping on the scale.  I went through high school without having my feet grace one.  I knew my habits were bad. Despite knowing the problem, I was unprepared to see the extent of it in numerical form.  I had avoided seeing myself weigh within the 200s.

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