How to change overnight in 43 years


Yes that’s me on the left, as my now 14 year old daughter said “fat dad”. I look at the picture on the left now and I can’t recognise the person I was.

The picture on the left was taken in 2008 and the one on the right was taken in November 2015. It has taken six years to get to the picture on the right, at my heaviest I was 95 Kg (209 lbs) this morning I weighed 76 Kg (167 lbs).

This morning with my personal trainer I managed to hold a forearm plank for 6 minutes. At the beginning of the year I managed to hold a plank for 5 minutes.

Let’s take a look at these numbers, it took me six years to lose 20% of my body weight. My weight went up and down, I struggled on diets and exercise, broke my achilles tendon and spent 6 months in a cast. But I’ve achieved a steady decline over time.

I now exercise twice a week for an hour with a personal trainer and on my own for an hour mid week. I sometimes miss sessions, eat too much and drink too much. But in 12 months I’ve increased my plank time by 20%. I’ve not only become fitter in the past 12 months, people who knew me a couple of years ago can’t believe the change in my outlook and personality. I’ve changed my job my lifestyle and I’m now committed to helping others develop themselves and their careers.

Significant change takes time and effort

As we approach the end of the year, our thoughts turn to what we have achieved over the past year. Did we manage to achieve our goals? Are we standing still, are we looking forward to next year or dreading being stuck as we are now?

I’ve put one minute on my plank time in 12 months. To get there I’ve had 2 weekly sessions with my trainer that are hard work and probably spent a few hundred euros in trainer fees. To get from the person in the left of the photograph to the person in the right has been hard work as well. I’ve gone through major life events that have knocked me backwards.

Was it worth the money and emotional pain to get there? I think the picture gives you the answer. The change in me has been so great but at the same time so slow that I’ve forgotten about fat dad.

It has been said many times before by many people, there are no shortcuts, no quick wins, no easy solutions. Thus no matter what your goals are for 2016, what changes you want to make. Dream big, but walk slowly, you’ll get there in the end.

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