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Another attempt to change my approach to food and nutrition…

As ever, I write this post more for myself than anyone else. I haven’t written in quite some time. It’s because I’ve been suppressing how I’ve been feeling recently about my fitness journey – absolute failure. Now, it ISN’T an absolute failure because the workouts are going strong and I can see significant progress inContinue reading “Another attempt to change my approach to food and nutrition…”

Quitting vaping

I’ve been on the F45 Challenge 32 which started two weeks ago. I won’t lie – the training has been on point but the nutrition has been way off, mostly because of the drinking. I’m not going to beat myself up about that because it’s been a brilliantly social two weeks after a pretty shittyContinue reading “Quitting vaping”

The Lockdown 3.0 Challenge

As if it’s already mid-February! I haven’t had the time (or headspace) to write a post. It might be another lockdown living situation but the news cycle has kept me very, very busy! Towards the end of December, when Birmingham went into Tier 4, a colleague of mine based down South, who was also inContinue reading “The Lockdown 3.0 Challenge”

Some key learnings about nutrition from 2020 that I’ll be taking into 2021

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”

When you’re so big, you can’t fit in a rollercoaster seat…

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…”

“Fat boy. Jadio. Michelin Man. Sherman” – reflections on World Mental Health Day 2020

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″

F45 Challenge 28

Here we go! My second attempt at the F45 Challenge. This time, it’s only 45 days rather than eight weeks (although, technically, the last one was only seven because of the lockdown). Since the gym reopened at the end of last month, I’ve really got back into the rhythm of it. I’ve found a goodContinue reading “F45 Challenge 28”

Lockdown weight gain and the latest fitness challenge helping me get back on track

I hope you weren’t eating when you came across this post. It’s not the best picture. I share it, though, because for as long as I can remember, I’ve been embarrassed by my body. I no longer am because I know how much hard work has gone into getting to this point. This photo wasContinue reading “Lockdown weight gain and the latest fitness challenge helping me get back on track”

A good week!

A quick update following my last post – it’s safe to say I’m getting back on it! I’ve stuck to my recommended calorie intake every day this week, only had sugary snacks three times (an ice cream in hot weather, a packet of Rowntrees Randoms and a big bag of Giant Buttons). I also massivelyContinue reading “A good week!”

Willpower and the Week Ahead…

“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners”. You got that right, Shakespeare! When it comes to food, I’ve always struggled with willpower. Four chapattis instead of two. Five Cadbury’s Mini Rolls instead of one. A whole big bag of Haribos rather than just a handful. A whole packet of biscuits. Don’tContinue reading “Willpower and the Week Ahead…”

The power of Spin…

It’s been almost 10 years since I discovered the power of spin. Whenever I’d heard about spin classes, it was usually followed by: They’re so hard! You’ve got to be super fit to do them. I’ve heard people pass out because of how intense they are. I’d say it’s only been the last three orContinue reading “The power of Spin…”

Food: A Constant Battle

I’ve written previously about my ups and downs when it comes to food. I’ve got a much better approach to food and nutrition overall now but I still have bad days. I’m writing this because I had two bad days this week. I went way over my recommenced calorie intake and macros on Tuesday andContinue reading “Food: A Constant Battle”

Changing My Mind: How I Overcame Childhood Fears Around Exercise and Fitness (Part Two)

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)”

Changing My Mind: How I Overcame Childhood Fears Around Exercise and Fitness (Part One)

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)”

Oh… Sh-ugar!

I’ve said before that this blog will feature both my highs and the lows. Yesterday, there was a HUGE bump in the road. I managed to eat four 80g bags of Mini Eggs in four hours. FOUR BAGS. FOUR HOURS. Nutritionally, this is how that breaks down: Mini Eggs (320g) Total Recommended Daily Intake (Source:Continue reading “Oh… Sh-ugar!”

F45 Challenge

This February, I took part in the F45 Challenge, an eight-week challenge focusing on HIIT and resistance training as well as following a specific nutrition plan, with a daily calorie and macro intake to meet. I’ve previously written about the challenges of food when you’re a foodie. Well, the Challenge was the first time everContinue reading “F45 Challenge”

Food, glorious food!

Watch what you eat. Seems straightforward enough. Watch. What. You. Eat. Easy, right? Well, it certainly hasn’t been for me. I’m a total foodie. When I’d go to my favourite Latin American , I’d order a starter, a main, two sides and, of course, happy hour cocktails. I wasn’t even THAT hungry but hey, I’mContinue reading “Food, glorious food!”

2017: The Journey Begins

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”


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!”

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