Look after the lbs and the pennies will look after themselves

Last year when my bank accounts were getting fatter, so was my waistline. And just like my old financial debt, I didn’t take action to stop the rot until enough was enough.

The milestone for me came in December when I went to buy some trousers from NEXT and found that I couldn’t fit into size 36 trousers.

I knew I was getting fatter but I drew the line at buying a pair of 38 inch waist trousers which, when tried on, were way too baggy. [Why don’t retailers also do odd number sizes?]

So I eagerly awaited my new Slendertone belt that I won in November for being the most improved affiliate for the month.

Two weeks after giving myself electric shocks, I knew there was no escaping, I’d have to get back to the gym.

The target was simple. Squeeze back into those size 36s and look better for the June holiday season.

So post-Christmas I regularly attended gym spinning classes twice a week. That’s cycling to dance music for an hour that burns 800 calories and makes you look purple by the end of it.

I bought some new tops for my February LinkShare San Francisco trip and even then I was in trouble. It was at this point that whilst my waist was manageable my chest wouldn’t fit into XL shirts or tshirts. So for the first time ever I had to start buying XXL.

So back in England, I realised that I not only had to go to the gym but I had to change my diet. Flukily and successfully I found an exercise regime and meal plan that was losing me appproximately 1kg a week.

  1. Detox fruit smoothy or healthy vegetable juice for breakfast 3
  2. Salad box with soup for lunch 5.50
  3. Tesco Wholefood nuts to snack 2
  4. Tesco Healthy ready meal for dinner 3.50
  5. 2 x midweek spinning classes
  6. 2 x midweek sauna & steam room
  7. Friday liquid diet of getting smashed followed by a Saturday morning spin and sauna

Not cheap … hence pennies are required and they all may be contributing to my weight loss.

By the time my Sunshine.co.uk trip to Benidorm came about at the end of April I’d dropped from 91kg to 85kg. I was worried that I’d put the weight back on drinking vodka for a week but I actually lost a further kilo whilst on holiday. My stomach at that point has gotten used to eating smaller portions.

During that holiday I had a real problem keeping my trousers up lol. They were constantly falling down and the belts just weren’t up to the job.

So back to NEXT I went, three weeks later, where I got myself measured up.

The assistant happily told me I was a size 34 waist. So there I am, I’m 6 kilos lighter and dropped a waist size, when 6 months ago I was ballooning in the other direction.

There’s still more to come but the most fundamental difference to me is that I’ve actually gotten off my arse to get to the gym and now look forward to it.

Last year, I believed that I had to spend every hour possible at my computer for my website to be a success. I’d think that two hours at the gym would harm my business. Now I know that’s not the case. I’m no longer tired in an evening, when I once was.

It’s all about working smarter. Look after the lbs and the pennies will look after themselves.

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10 Responses to “Look after the lbs and the pennies will look after themselves”

  1. Well Done Ray, I need to follow your lead, I have lost half a stone on my diet so far, but I am still over a stone over my heaviest i have ever been so got a long way to go.
    I have lost weight by diet, but will start looking to go running ( i hate running) until i can afford to join a gym.

    I am working stupid hours currently day job till 5, web business from 6 till crash out around 3am.

    Well last night i went to bed at 12, my misses ordered me to get sleep, i feel better for it I am going to try to get more sleep, do more exercise, and hope like you if i look after lbs the pennies will look after themselves.

  2. You will find that by going to bed earlier and exercising, that you’ll actually end up being more productive. Instead of just nosing on forums (not saying that you do) you’ll actually have energy to produce something more beneficial.
    I find that I’m tired now during the days instead of evenings but a smoothy or a good juice fixes that.

  3. Perhaps it’s a good thing that when I bumped into you in Benidorm, I didn’t think you looked fat!
    I agree though that prices are stupid. It’s much easier and cheaper to buy a couple of ready meals and pizzas instead of buying and cooking veggies, pastas, meats etc.
    Well done though Ray 🙂

  4. Well done, keep it up – thats the hard bit!, wish I could drop a size or two..

  5. hi Ray,

    Well done,

    Try organic green tea, its the dogs, tatses like shi+e, but totally clears your system of toxins, the weight drops off and you do feel like you have more energy.

    When I first took it I thought no way, but swear by it now, but it still tastes naff.


  6. Hi Kev, yeah forgot to add green tea which I have daily instead of coffee and I also have a one litre bottle of water at my desk which I fill each morning.

  7. I’m about 85 kilos too, but it’s pure muscle 😉

    Kevin’s right about green tea, it’s good stuff (though I don’t think it removes toxins). I do krav maga (http://www.institute-kravmaga.co.uk/) and that absolutely knackers you, very good excercise.

  8. Keith good job.

    I’m on a similar journey myself, having bloated up to 82Kg in the last 4 years I need to get back to 72.

    One thing that works for me is to equate junk food calories to gym time. When you know that to work off that little bag of Kettle Chips equals 30 hard minutes on the cross trainer, suddenly you don’t need it so bad.

    & if you live in a good place, mountain biking is great too. Get a bike, find some riding buddies (ask in the local bike shops). It’s fun, social, gets you away from the screen, & is superb for strength & fitness (it’s quite possible to be thin and still unfit). With biking the weight loss thing is just a by-product.

    – M

  9. Hi,

    Krav Maga, never heard of that will have a look at URL.

    A little bit more about Green Tea


  10. Well done Ray. It takes a while but after a bit you get as hooked on the excercise as you might have done on the doughnuts a while ago. From then on it’s an upward spiral (or downward as far as the scales are concerned!).
    You should be proud of yourself, breaking a habit when you work as hard as you do is a tough call.