I'm Neil; I'm 35, a married man and father of a 2 year old. I am a business owner; running a busy consultancy firm and also handle the commercial side of PunchStrong.
For too long, I have neglected myself – eating a poor diet and getting little, to no, exercise!
I have had an unhealthy relationship with food for a long time; yo yo-ing through feast and famine. I have tried fad diets...I've been to Weight Watchers...food has always been an emotional crutch for me; boredom demands biscuits, sadness requires Haribo, loneliness insists upon fast food!
This journey will clearly not just be about cutting out the junk and getting some exercise – if I want to make a permanent change, this has to be about facing up to myself, exploring my thought processes and fundamentally changing my core.
I joined PunchStrong because I strongly believed in the key messages and ethos; a healthy mind and a healthy body! That is indeed what I am striving for! http://www.punchstrong.com/about
But I'm scared! I'm nervous! Just writing this short blog has taken me weeks, because I'm opening up a very personal side of me.....and I don't want to fail! But I also know I can't fail...I have too much to lose - I have a wonderful wife and a beautiful little boy; and I want to be around with them, and in good health, for as long as possible!
This blog will follow my progress as I change my lifestyle, lose weight and get fit! It won't be easy, but I hope to have the support of all our readers!
On your marks.....
So what is the damage? What have I got to start with?
The scores on the doors are....
Height - 5"8½
Weight - 112KG/17st 9lbs
BMI - 37.5
Medically speaking, I understand I'm carrying my weight in completely the worst place; around the middle. For an overweight male, this is typical – but it's not just a belly I'm carrying around with me; there's the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and any number of other health complications if I allow this to carry on!
Exercise is not alien to me....I'm just a bit lazy! In the past I've played rugby at a high standard and I've been known to engage in a little long distance cycling. I'd like to say that work and life get in the way....."I'd love to go for a jog, but when will I find the time?"... but, let's be honest, how any hours are spent in front of the TV? Re-runs don't count as exercise!!!
The results will be retested periodically to map changes and hopefully show the improvements I am making in my lifestyle change.
To learn a bit more about the physical side of myself, I have booked myself in for a DEXA scan (also known as a body composition scan). This is very much like an x-ray machine, but will map the makeup of my body, highlighting my percentage of muscle and fat, both as a total and by individual limbs and torso. Following a period of exercise and weight loss (probably about 6 months), it is my intention to have a follow-up scan to track the changes I have achieved.
I won't lie, I am a mixture of intrigued, exciting and nervous about the results....there won't be anywhere to hide and..."I'm big boned"...won't be an excuse I will be able to use anymore!
Make sure you read next week's instalment for the results!
I intend to keep you up to date on a weekly basis for the first month or two, and then maybe go monthly. I hope to share the highs and lows with you and tell you a bit about my day to day life, juggling a busy work and family life, exploring new ways to fit in exercise and doing battle with food choices as I install my change in lifestyle.
This is not about a quick fix....this is about me making a positive and lasting change for the better!
As we say at PunchStrong – "Conquer yourself, and the rest is easy!"
Please feel free to be interactive – I would really appreciate any support, as well as suggestions for both exercise and food choices.
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