BG2: One of the team shares his story

If you missed yesterday’s Blubbergeddon 2 (BG2) announcement, you can catch up here.

Hi Pete,

I am on board.

You and I sound similar. Late November I had a good look at myself and did not like what I saw. I did not like what I had become. I have struggled with weight and then obesity throughout most of my life. I got away with it when I was younger. I played sport. Propped up the first fifteen etc. I put weight on at Uni and discovered that I was 104Kg before I stopped weighing myself. The good news is that I did get healthy when I joined the work force. I started running. I rode a bike. My weight decreased to 84kg at its lowest. However I did not care too much about nutrition.

Now I am a guy. I love savory things. I do not care for sugar or sweets. Pies, pizzas and curries were my thing. I learned to cook a mean curry. Big portions of salt an fat are my thing. I could hide all this while I was active. I could run 20km after work and justify a family sized serving of pasta afterwards. The trouble is that stresses in life lead to a huge reduction in exercise without a change in nutrition. Over time, the weight has crept back. Around December 1, I was 119kg. My cholesterol and Blood pressure were up the wazoo. This got me scared. My father has a coronary stent (fortunately he got his weight and health sorted) and I knew I was heading down the same path of inevitable heart disease.

In this last month I have got busy. Huge dietary changes. I eliminated most sugar and starch (yes, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes). I heat lean meat only. I fill my gut with salad and vegetables instead. This required considerable preparation. Try going to a Barbeque but bring your own food. Minimal alcohol over the festive season. Beer is nothing to me other than liquid bread. I have tried to me scientific about my nutrition approach. My MO is to minimise the large insulin spikes so that I can minimise hunger and reduce my appetite. I have also learnt to think of food as nutrition and not comfort. Most of the energy I need is around my belly. Hunger is the signal that my body is burning fat. I have also stopped the caffeine (Coffee, coke Zero were my vices). Instead I drink Green tea and actually enjoy it. Soda water with a squirt of lime juice is also good and refeshing.

I have also been a lot more active. A 1 hour cardio work out a day. I was fortuante to spend 10 days in the Bay of Islands where I walked my way through the local hills and bush. Last week I slugged my way over the Bell track in Mt Pirongia. 10 hours of hard slog.

So where am I at now. I have lost 12kg so far. Ultimately I want to lose 40kg and get my weight under 80kg. I have a lot on my plate this year. Not sure how realistic this goal is going to be. I have a challenge next month which is to climb Mt Armstrong near Haast. Hills are my archilles heel. The benefits of losing 12kg so far are that my joints do not hurt when walking. I can walk a lot faster without breaking into a sweat and I can climb a big flight of stairs without feeling breathless. And before I forget, when looking down I can now see my penis.

As my journey continues, it would be great to have a forum to support one another. Also a forum for exchanging exercise and recipe ideas. Tonight, I am making a chickpea curry and putting together a bean salad for lunches over the next week.

Cheers
Bazza

Thanks for that Bazza, that is indeed embarrassingly similar to my story, except the fitness I had to get over the hills 3 years ago is all gone. I have to start again.

 

If you are interested in joining the BG2 team, drop me an email at [email protected]… etc

Couple of ground rules:   There is no “right way” that fits everyone.  By all means, tell people what works for you, but don’t expect that to work for someone else.  Our bodies are different.  Our minds are different.  Our circumstances are different.

In general, this isn’t about weight loss through diet.  It is about examining your current habits and projecting them few decades into the future, and then using that to justify a permanent change.   It’s about how you eat, what you eat, and how you get or remain active.

There will be no revelations here for or from anyone.  We all know it is a very simple equation:  as long as your energy intake is less than the energy you expend, you will lose weight.  But in that extreme simplicity there are countless small variations, tips, hints, bits of knowledge, science, personal experiences, and so on, once shared can be something that can help someone else along.

So my focus, and therefore the focus of BG2 will be to try and achieve long term and permanent health benefits through making small changes with a view to make these permanent habits.

Anything else, by definition, will only be a short term weight loss diet, and although that’s fine, there isn’t much point to it if you put it all back on – like I did.

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– Pete


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