I’m flawed, but I’m learning to change what I can and to try and love the bits I can’t.
In January 2016 I had a lot to fix about my health and my weight. I decided that while I worked on these that I wanted to be truthful with the world about all the things related to this journey that I have previously avoided dealing with.
Back then I was an extremely heavy drinker with out of control type 2 diabetes (I needed five tablets a day), high cholesterol, high blood pressure and was horrendously overweight. When I joined slimming world in mid April of the same year (having given up alcohol by that time and already a little slimmer) I was 34st 8.5lbs (approx 220kg).
Now in mid October 2017 I have lost over seventeen and a half stone (link) (111kg) and have made some significant progress. I’m now under 18 stone for the first time since the early 1990’s and making my way through the upper ‘teens’.
Thanks to my efforts to reach a healthy weight I am experiencing life altering changes in my physical capabilities and my sense of mental wellbeing.
Before I started Slimming World I couldn’t walk to the end of my road. Since that day I’ve now walked more than the cumulative distance from San Francisco to New York (link).
So far my record for a single day is now 17.2 miles (link)!
My most significant single non-scale victory came in July 2017, when I climbed Mount Snowdon (1035 metres) (link) which gave me a huge sense of achievement.
Thanks to my lifestyle changes, a drastically improved diet and a radically increased level of exercise my blood pressure is that of a man around 20 years younger than myself. My diabetes has also gone from being almost off the end of my doctor’s wall chart with a HbA1c reading of 94 to no longer registering on it.
At my last review I had a reading of 28 (link) and according to my specialist I no longer test positive for type 2.
I now manage my condition without medication and through diet and exercise alone. (link)
I feel better in every measurable and anecdotal way imaginable – but I still have my dark days.
Honesty about my struggle with my weight and how I deal with the related emotions that this brings to the surface have become the driving forces in my blog – and you have my commitment that I’ll be open about the good things and the bad.
Hopefully though the common theme will also be positivity.
I’ve also been continuously trying to answer a personal question – ‘What do I love?’
In the last year and a half, particularly since being made redundant, I’ve come to the conclusion that writing fits into this category – but I need to also apply this question to other areas of my life (and answer it).
As well as improve myself physically I also wanted to create something with my blog that I will be proud of when I look back at where I came from. Hopefully it’s an accurate and frank record of how I did (or didn’t do) things to improve my life and the times when I dealt with both highs and lows.
Now, well over a year on from where I started, I continue to try and make my site a place that people like me can explore how they too may feel if they decided to embark upon a similar journey. It’s my fervent hope that in my posts others might find a spark of inspiration or the motivation that they need to help them to tackle their own challenges in life.
If you’re struggling, just like I still do then I hope we can do it together.
The sky’s the limit!