The Big Man Shrinks

Losing weight without going on a diet.

I’m hungry… for change. — August 19, 2015

I’m hungry… for change.

I’ve always maintained that I was going to lose weight without going on a diet. Well, that wasn’t necessarily true as I was counting calories when I had my biggest batches of weight loss.

I still maintain that diets are a bad thing. I mean, seriously… how can you function on fewer nutrients when you weren’t getting snout to begin with? I’ve been googling, watching TED talks, feasting on information and then I stumble across a documentary called Hungry for Change that changed it all. A penny dropped. I’d been thinking in the right direction all along, I just didn’t have all the information I needed.

In this documentary I learnt of Jon Gabriel. A man who had been my age and far heavier. A man whose story paralleled mine in so many ways. A man who had tried every diet he could find and always put on more weight. A man who was on my screen looking trim and terrific.

A man who had become trim and terrific without the help of a diet.

I had to know more, so I’ve grabbed his book and you know what? It makes sense. If you’re fat it’s because your body wants you to be fat. Your body isn’t your enemy, it’s your friend and you’ve convinced it that being fat is the best thing for you. No matter what you do, you will return to being fat until you can convince your body that you need to be slim.

To do that, you first need to understand why your body is storing fat to prepare for a famine or an ice age. Jon talks in depth about the psychology of this element as well as how to then go about making the change. Maybe it’s just my parallels to his, but I’m loving every page as I experience revelation after revelation.

I’m hooked and plan on finishing the book by the end of the weekend. I hope it continues to make as much sense to me as it does so far.

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve started looking after myself again and have lost a little over 3 kilograms, or about half a stone. Most importantly, the scales now start with 12, making me a shade over 10kg heavier than my lightest weight in almost 15 years. 10kg isn’t hard for me to lose so long as I keep focus.

Onwards and downwards :)

My first post in over a year… it’s time to restart all over again — August 12, 2015

My first post in over a year… it’s time to restart all over again

Yep… I’m starting anew by paraphrasing Yogi Berra.

It’s been fifteen months since my last post and quite possibly the most amazing fifteen months of my life. I’ve become a father and experienced my son’s first birthday. I’ve built quite the classy office in my garden from which I work and am currently writing this post. I’ve done a LOT of work to our new house and to my campervan to make them compatible with our new family. I’ve even changed jobs and taken three months gardening leave as I prepare for my next step – a change in career.

I haven’t, however, lost weight. In fact I’ve put on about seven kilos since my last post. That’s a stone.

So here I am again, baring my soul, my pain and hopefully my successes to the world as I once again shrink.

I’ll be incorporating the recipes I invent along the way to my food blogs at Thyme On Your Hands and Thermomix Review (coming soon) but will cross post them here for ease of access.

This isn’t all talk – today I got my bike out and rode almost 4 miles at lunch. Not a big start, but a start nonetheless and as it took me 20 minutes to get the bike ready I should be able to knock out 8 to 10 miles in a lunch break on the three days a week that I work from home.

I’m also aiming for most meals being below 600 calories.

Stay tuned and wish me luck.

Do you know what doesn’t work? — May 6, 2014

Do you know what doesn’t work?

I do.

My wife and I are expecting our first child. Add to that 2 weeks off work at Christmas, stress at work, buying a house and then having around 2 months to do everything you planned.

In my case, that equals weight gain. One of the three stone I lost is back on.

Today I reboot. Today I take back control and lose that stone and more.

The kid’s due in 8 weeks. My goal is 10kg.

Let’s do this.

Let’s get restarted! — January 13, 2014

Let’s get restarted!

Christmas and the new year were wonderful and I stopped fasting for a month. A blissful month where I looked after me. I rested, I ate, I focused on inner happiness. I bought a house, I saw friends and played Wii until 7am on Christmas eve.

And I didn’t really put on much weight.

Since January 1st I have been off the booze with the goal being to last 3 months – with the caveat that I can open a bottle of bubbly the night we move into the new house. 2 weeks in and it’s actually a breeze, although I wouldn’t have said no to a glass of wine last night.

I’m back on the 5:2 fasting today and not struggling very much. I’m not hungry but the habit of eating is raising its ugly head.

All in all, still feeling very positive and looking forward to seeing big results this year!

Humming along… fasting again — December 2, 2013

Humming along… fasting again

Wow… that was a weekend of gluttony.

Pork Wellington, potato bake, home made ice-cream and cheesecake. Faaaaaaar too much wine. That was Saturday night. Sunday wasn’t too bad except for the cheesecake and ice-cream reprise.

But Monday’s a new week and I’m starting it with another calendar day fast. I’m finding this to be pretty easy now – in fact I’ve generally only had 100 calories by the time I get home so I still get to have a normal dinner. Tonight I’m planning on a satay chicken egg-noodle stir fry!

And the good news keeps coming! — November 29, 2013
The biggest news in a while — November 20, 2013
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