Hello and welcome to my blog.
I started this blog in May 2020 but my fitness journey started a long time before then – 2017. You’ll see my most recent posts below but before you look at those, you might want to check out my very first post and summary, which will give you more background about why I’ve embarked on the journey and why I’m now sharing my journey with you.
The focus is very much on burning fat, building muscle and getting fitter – not “weight loss“.
Thanks for your support!
Hello and welcome to my blog! I’ve been thinking about doing this for some time now. And for a variety of reasons. I’m now in my mid-thirties and there’s a part of me that’s embarrassed that it’s taken me so long to take control of my health. I’ve always been a big guy, struggling withContinue reading “Hello!”
May 2017 v May 2020. I don’t know how much of a difference you can see. I sometimes struggle to see it. But when the picture on the left popped up on my Facebook Memories this morning, my first thought looking at that picture was “Wow, look how far I’ve come.” Don’t get me wrongContinue reading “2017: The Journey Begins”
When you’re first starting out exercising, it can be quite a daunting prospect. As a child/teen, I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was going to be a fat guy for the rest of my life. It was quite stressful and a constant source of anxiety. But something changed in 2002.Continue reading “Changing My Mind: How I Overcame Childhood Fears Around Exercise and Fitness (Part One)”
If you’ve read Part One of this article, you’ll have an understanding of how I started to embrace exercise and fitness from 2002 but never fully grasped my body’s potential. In 2017, that really started to change. 2017-2019 At the start of 2017, I moved to Jersey for work. This was a tipping point forContinue reading “Changing My Mind: How I Overcame Childhood Fears Around Exercise and Fitness (Part Two)”
Today, I went into a sports store and bought clothes I wanted, without even having to try them on. I picked them off the rail and paid for them. All good. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, for at least 15 years, that wasn’t the case. I couldn’t just walk into a clothes store and buyContinue reading “XXXL to XL: Shopping for clothes when you’re a big boy!”
This World Mental Health Day, I’ve decided to write about how my mental health has been affected over the years by the issues relating to my weight, nutrition and, most significantly, how I’ve been treated by people. I’ve eluded to this connection in previous posts but I’m going to be very clear about it inContinue reading ““Fat boy. Jadio. Michelin Man. Sherman” – reflections on World Mental Health Day 2020″
As the picture indicates, I did fit but let me give you the background. Yesterday, I went to Alton Towers for the first time in years, for their annual Scarefest. There were obvious Covid19 reminders everywhere – mandatory masks on rides and indoor spaces, hand sanitiser, social distancing etc but for the first time inContinue reading “When you’re so big, you can’t fit in a rollercoaster seat…”
For the past two weeks, my routine has been completely off – for good reason. Sadly, my grandad died and so I’ve been back home with my parents (my bubble, in case you’re wondering!) Getting that call from my parents two weeks ago was just horrendous. Unfortunately, I’ve been mentally preparing for it for someContinue reading “Grief, bereavement and trying to get back on track”
A key part of my fitness journey is changing my nutrition. I love food. However, there is no point me really pushing myself physically with workouts and challenges if I don’t get on top of the nutrition. I know I’ve said this before and deep down it’s something I know but it’s amazing how writingContinue reading “Some key learnings about nutrition from 2020 that I’ll be taking into 2021”
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