There comes a time in every guy’s life that we take stock and think; what the heck am I doing? Be it with our job, our partner, our bedroom proclivities or even our weight. But what do we do when that happens? Follow me on my journey in wanting to be a slimmer man and the steps I took to make it happen.
In the beginning…
In January of 2015 I weighed in at 120KG’s and was not a happy guy. Weight issues had ruled my life and any diets lasted no more than a few months and always lead to more weight going on if I stopped, sound familiar to you?
Turning 34, err I mean 29, was a life changing experience for me. I was chatting with a friend of mine in Phoenix, Arizona about the fact I feel as though I never move. He was in the same boat (or truck), driving his delivery truck every day and then sitting at home watching TV on an evening. The following day he passed away from a heart attack. I decided then and there that I didn’t want to be another statistic, another obese person who had a heart attack or health complications.
So my journey began with a goal in mind, to shed the kilos, get back into my size 32 (80 cm) jeans from some 5+ years ago, yes I am a hoarder of clothes in the belief that one day I will fit back into them… plus if I consider my other halves clothes as my own my wardrobe will double! What an incentive!
What to do, what to do?
In my opinion losing weight is a little bit like racing a car, do you take your 1996 Honda Civic straight out and race in Bathurst? Of course not, you would tune that bad boy, make sure that the oil was high grade, the fuel was high octane, the body was reinforced and the tyres are new. So why when people go to lose weight do they go hammer the gym like it’s going out of fashion? First and foremost the body needs to be prepared for activity. I started with a simple detox, and began to remove the foods from my diet that wouldn’t be helping me. This included quitting refined sugar, alcohol (oh god! I hear you say) and turning to wholefoods that would give me high octane for the activity I wanted to do.
Quitting sugar was like quitting any highly addictive substance, there were chills, headaches, nausea, fear, doubt and then ultimately success. Two weeks after beginning to quit sugar I was over the worst of it, and I was ready for the beginning of physical activity.
So want to see how it went?
Join me in September for the reveal and see what 6 months and a new outlook could do for you. In the mean time why not challenge yourself to change one thing in your life for the positive – reduce your sugar intake, your alcohol intake, or even a small change to incorporate more wholefoods.
Article | Stu Cook