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 with being overweight since my early teens. I’ve been going to the gym since I was 16 but it’s only been in the past six years that I’ve really started to understand how powerful your body actually is and what you can do with it to keep fit. Another key element has been nutrition – I’m a total foodie and I can hands down tell you now, that’s harder than any kind of working out.
That’s a really brief summary to the background. I’ll go into more detail on all of that, and more, in subsequent posts. But let me tell you now more about the mission, the goal and why I’m writing about my journey.
Eat less. Move more. Lose fat. Maintain (and eventually build) muscle. This is NOT about “losing weight”.
Get fit. Get toned. Get healthy. I’m a firm believer that physical fitness and mental health go hand-in-hand so you can expect posts about the mental and emotional aspects of this journey.
One of my biggest learnings on the journey so far is that it’s only me who can hold myself accountable. Others will most certainly have views but are unlikely to share them (unless, like me, you’ve aunts and uncles who can’t resist telling you how fat you are every time you see them!)
Sharing the highs…
Social media is full of all the great stuff people are up to – exciting holidays, amazing new purchases, their home-made culinary delights! And, most of the time, it can be quite inspiring.
I created a dedicated Instagram account at the start of the journey in 2017. I’ve been uploading posts regularly. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great when people acknowledge the graft I’m putting in. But that isn’t the reason for posting. It’s not about “the likes”. For me, it’s very much about… ME. My health. My wellbeing.
I’ve started the blog to really be able to better articulate the thoughts, the emotions, the worries, the frustrations, the successes and, most importantly, the gains! Insta has helped me stay motivated, in being accountable and also from the messages of support I get (whether I’ve had a great session or a terrible week of junk food and alcohol!)
Another bonus? If I can inspire even one person, that’s enough for me.
…and the lows!
There have been many lows as there have been highs along this journey – if not more. As I said earlier, my physical health goes hand-in-hand with my emotional wellbeing.
We live in a world now where more people are sharing their Lows – which is great. It reminds us all we’re human. None of us can be achieving what we want all the time. But sometimes, the Lows can consume you. Trust me – I’ve been there. I’m hoping sharing my Lows will strike a chord with others experiencing something similar – we’re not alone!