This week I'd like to welcome Doctor Who as my Guest. Doc has been following my blog for a little while and had left some encouraging comments about his progress so far, so I thought I'd invite him over to chat a little. Please welcome Doctor Who...
You're known as Doctor Who when you visit my blog. Would you care to share your real name and age?
Hi guys, my name is Adam, I am 31 and I live in England, UK.
Your goal is to lose 85 lbs and when you started this program, you were at 224 lbs. How long have you been overweight?
I have been overweight since childhood. Many people have a a `trigger` or main reason due to their being overweight, mine was a prolonged period of bullying, something I found hard to deal with as a child.. Unfortunately I turned to comfort foods to help me deal with the continued negative emotions I felt. To compound my weight gain, I wasn`t very active.. I felt relaxed watching television and playing computer games.. This became an escape for me and unfortunately lead to my continued weight gain.
You said you're currently eating about 1300 calories per day. Describe a typical days menu now.
Normally I start with some muesli with skimmed milk in the morning, as well as a protein shake. If I feel hungry mid morning, I will grab an apple. Lunch time normally consists of a salad sandwich on wholemeal bread. If I'm hungry during the afternoon I will grab another apple (I love apples!!) or banana. Tea normally consists of salad or a few potatoes with fish, chicken/ turkey breast or lean beef. As I desert I normally have a piece of fruit or low calorie yoghurt. I am trying to break out of the habit of eating after 6pm, this is quite challenging for me as my daily routine with work makes it hard to eat at the same times of the day.. However, I am managing to structure my meal times more now.
Why do you feel your prior diets failed and what are you doing differently so far this time?
I think its easier to answer this by saying why this time is different. All the other times I could only think of one excuse to loose weight.. This time there are so many reasons, primarily due to my being unhappy about my weight and I feel that I'm getting to the point in my life that if I don`t make the change now I never will. Somehow, this time really does seem different. I have so much motivation, spurned on by Tony`s transformation.. Tony has shown me, through his videos and blog, that if you have the passion, commitment and drive.. then you really can turn your life and your health around!!
What is the most difficult thing for you to give up or stay away from?
The most difficult things isn`t chocolate, which is strange as I've always been a `chocoholic`!. I have had cravings for carbonated drinks but I have managed to stay away from these thankfully. I am so glad this time I have found the drive and motivation in my head to say NO!! I have even bought friends chocolate and managed to avoid eating any myself!!
What is your main motivation this time?
My main motivation is my age, and the worry that I haven`t got long left to make the changes I want in my life. Also, I am so tired of deleting facebook photos posted by my friends as I wasn`t happy with how I looked.
Have you told anyone close to you about your diet goals or have you kept them to yourself?
I have my parents as well as a few friends, who also joined me at the gym when I started a few weeks ago. I tend to go to the gym on my own now though as I have built my confidence and I feel I can focus more.
How is keeping a daily food journal helping you?
I`m not actually keeping a food journal, for me, I found it hard to keep on top of it, however, I tot up my calorie intake throughout the day so I keep on track with my target. I do keep a weekly weight loss chart where I record my weight loss and inches lost around my waist and neck. I find this a great motivational tool!!
A lot of people want to start a diet program, but don't know where or how to start. For someone who is sitting at home reading this, what is your best advice to them on how to get up off the sofa and begin?
My advice is start where I did, get the photo of you, you dislike the most and set it as your wallpaper on your laptop/pc. I use mine most days, so when I switch it on I know what I'm doing and why. Also, have a clean sweep, any unhealthy foods in your cupboard then throw away, do a healthy food shop and add a few nice and healthy treats. Also, tell a friend/family member you trust and see if they can help you maintain the weight loss.. I also find Tony`s blog fantastic, with a great source of information and a great forum to be able to chat to other people who are experiencing the same challenges.
Any other tips or suggestions you'd like to share?
I find the laptop tip the most effective tool, every time I log on to my laptop I get a reminder of what I'm going and why I'm doing it. Be aware of your food intake and be aware not to under eat as well as overeat, like Tony has mentioned.. If you`ve not eaten properly then you run the risk of losing muscle. A high protein diet helps to maintain and rebuild muscle.
I'd like to thank Adam for stopping by and sharing his story with us. I think he's headed on the right track and it's great to hear about someone who is making good strides on his nutritional journey. If you have any questions for Adam, please leave them in the comments section below.
Again, big thanks to Adam for coming by! Keep us posted on your progress.