Since the birth of my first son I have gained a lot of weight, and I mean a lot, to put it in simple terms I used to be a 34” waist, drum roll please…….I am now a ahem a 46” waist. I weigh about 22 stone now maybe even more, which isn’t bad as I am well over 6ft, but I need to get back into shape, back to the way I was before, going to the gym all the time and looking good. I now have a cuddly dad bod; well that’s what I’m calling it anyway.
I’m not making this my excuse but I do suffer from bad depression and anxiety and because I struggle to take my meds properly it has a big effect on how I eat and exercise – I live 20 seconds away from a shop and rather than walking Ill jump in the van and drive to it which takes longer – COME ON THAT IS BONEILDLE!!! But living with this everyday it just has a knock on effect, I feel low because I eat bad foods and I eat because I’m low. Round and round we go.
About 5 months ago I started the gym again and after 2 weeks of going and working out I could see the difference, my arms were becoming more toned, I felt good in myself, I was eating good food, drinking my protein and fruit shakes everyday. Then suddenly stopped because of this illness, I wanted to go back but couldn’t physically go and it was killing me, and since then I’m back to eating crap foods, binge eating at work, then its pizza pizza pizza.
My bikes dust has been blew off and I have bought a baby seat for my son to sit on, So we can start and go on little bike rides when I finish work, I’m going back to play squash once a week with a friend. We used to play twice a week every week and it was brilliant to blow off some steam and keeps you fit as you’re on the go constantly for 45 minutes.
A bonus to me is that my work has a gym where I only had to pay £20 for a lifetime membership so I look at it as a free gym, A FREE GYM WHICH I DONT USE!! Madness.
Ive just been away on holiday to Center Parcs where all I done was eat and drink, so that didn’t help the weight, but thats allowed, I was on holiday. But my turning point came when I seen myself on a video and I looked like hippo, it wasn’t nice to see, I always avoid mirrors in the house because I know i’ve got big I just didn’t want to ever admit it to myself, and when I came back I was due to go out with the family and I didn’t have anything to wear, nothing fit, hence the reason why I wear shorts all year round.
I know I’m not alone with daddy weight gain – but it’s what you do to change. And if you want to change, not everyone does. It’s not all about the gym but little exercise is needed – it’s all about what you eat. Soooooo many books out there about healthy eating but dieting can be boring. So what am I doing about it after the shock of Mr Hippo on camera.
What I like to do is start my day off my drinking a fruit smoothie using Almond milk and a healthy breakfast, and eating lots of fruit during the day and 1 chocolate bar so I’m still getting my sugar fix. I also like to bake cakes and ill have a small slice after tea. I don’t believe in totally kicking the crap as if get rid of the foods I like completely you won’t stick to it, that’s what I’ve found anyway. Get a nice balance between healthy foods and unhealthy.
You need to set yourself an achievable goal; mine is setting 4 week weight plans at 3lb per week. Not much to loose but its achievable, no point in setting goals if you can’t reach – otherwise you will get down hearted and quit, i Know I’ve been there, A NUMBER OF TIMES.
There is also an app called everyday, what you do with this is take an image of your body everyday and by year end it creates a time-lapse video so if you are loosing weight you can see it in the video. It’s a free app and you can create one video, if you purchase the full version you can create more than one. It’s just good to track progress, so thats what Im doing, starting this Christmas until next Christmas in 2018.
I love the gym when I’m there but its getting there that’s the problem, I hate running as I always get shin splints but im starting off small and walking on the treadmill just to build stamina as well weights and hitting the bags – boxing that is.
My Long Long term goal is complete in Tough Mudder next year.
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.