BIGSTEF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BIGSTEF BIGSTEF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Post Holiday Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696879 Well I've been back fim my holiday three weeks now, still struggling to get my butt in gear & get back on program. I went away weighing the lowest I have weighed in 8 years at 253 pounds, I returned a shade over 260. It was my girlfriends 21st & we got a cabin at the lake to celebrate. I over indulged in far too many of the wrong food choices & drank far too much alcohol as well. I was more then a little bit upset to say the least when I weighed in & saw a big number. But that's the price for... Sat, 17 May 2014 08:51:51 EST A New Set Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449661 Recently I've been doing really well. I've been strong with my diet & exercise, works been going well & so has my personal life. Little by little I have been getting on with everything falling nicely into place. But last night I was playing soccer for my local team in a pre season game & did something in the first half to my knee & tried to carry on till half time which I managed but then I got my manager to replace me because something wasn't right. I was experiencing a great deal of pain & ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:34:45 EST YOLO - My New Life - My New Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287405 Ok so after a month from hell that was January I have made positive steps in February through into march to get myself back on track. <BR> I started with baby steps by getting my food plan back on track & steadily building up my workouts to get myself back to working out 6 days a week. <BR> It's been slow but steady & the last month has seen me drop 23 pounds which I must say I feel great about. <BR> I'm not putting time scales on things & I'm not going to weigh my success with whether there... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:01:58 EST How Did It Come To This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222525 How did it come to this ? Those are the words in my head as I try to sieve through where little by little chipped away at my progress. <BR> Just a few months ago I was celebrating hitting the 50 pound lost mark, I felt good, I was never out of breath, life was simpler. <BR> Then little by little my drive had gone away to exercise, little by little those wrong eating habits crept back into my life and indeed little by little the 50 pounds lost dropped to 40, 30, 20 & finally where I am now 15 ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:02:36 EST A Return To Form http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150585 Ok so after yo yoing for the last couple months since my holidays i am finally starting to turn the screw a little and make some progress. <BR> In the last few weeks i have got back in the form which helped me shift my initial weight, i have sorted my diet out and got back onto a healthy program but still gave myself like 1 meal a week of my more desired foods (which aren't good for you) as a treat but have kept the portions really low so as to not blow my diet but keep the little voice in my... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:34:50 EST The Next Great Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116292 Well yesterday was quite the test, i have just ended my relationship with my girlfriend. <BR> I didn't comfort eat or drink alcohol to get round it, to be fair this was the right decision for me and my future. <BR> We have grown further and further apart with regards to my time and effort spent trying to change my life by losing weight, i had her try Sparkpeople and she lasted a week or so then went back to where she was happy and comfortable with quick fix snacks and meals that are no good f... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 03:34:52 EST Kickstart For The New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114474 Well after going off my plan for a couple months following my holidays away i am slowly grinding back to where i was pre holiday. <BR> Its been a bit of struggle to get going at the minute, the weather in England is getting worse and worse with snow & rain combigned with near freezing temperatures which is a notch against me that my mind has been saying not today stef, there will be better weather tomoroow to do your workout, problim is with the weather here that isn't often the case and as ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:26:14 EST Hello Old Friend . . . . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095237 Well i have just been tagged in some photo's from last weekend while i was out with friends in my local village. As i looked through them i also looked at some of my older pictures from in the last twelve months. Browsing through i can vissably see the changes my body has gone through, one main change is in my face. I have lost lots of weight there and more specifically around my neck, so much so in fact i can actually see the outline of my neck rather than just a continuation of my shoulders... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:21:12 EST Success & Failure - A Cookbook Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094134 Well for sometime now i have have had my succes and failures with my weight, i think alot of it has been from being young. I never ever ate vegetables or fruit and my parents never really looked at ways to get me to eat them by sneaking them into other foods or indeed just percerviering with me until i ate them. <BR> My sister was the same and i have massive respect for the way she is raising them with their food choices and makes sure they eat ample amounts of fruit and veg daily, if they do... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:23:24 EST A Strike Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078144 Well i have finally fought my way through the holiday blues and have started getting back in the rhythm of my program once again. Its been a very big struggle after my holidays to get myself motivated for both exercise and also more importantly after the great food i had while away going back on the diet. <BR> Its taken its time but little by little i have been hitting it up to get back to how i was pre holiday last month. I have slowly but surely gotten back on course with my goals and i am ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:15:34 EST pffft . . . . . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060302 Well i am truly fed up with my life at the minute. I have fallen out with my program in a big way, since my holiday a few weeks back and just haven't got myself back into the routine i had going for myself which saw me lose my first 50 pounds of weight. Its now frustrating as their has been a total of 13 pounds gained while on holiday and since getting back. <BR> It's weird how just a month ago i was up six out of seven days working out and now i struggle to get up before 9am and when i do i... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 11:34:30 EST Back In The Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041980 Ok so its 5 days since i returned from my holidays and i haven't probably hit the plan back up like i should have in the last few days. My diet has been great but with working i haven't had time to workout, in the last 5 days i clocked up a colossal 68 hours and i must say im truly knackered, but this week i have 3 days off so starting with today i can get my butt in gear once again. <BR> Today was also weigh in day and after putting the pounds on during my holiday today was much better readi... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 05:43:13 EST Great Holiday - Bad Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037130 Ok so i am now home from my holidays with the boys and had an absolute scream, i enjoyed every day away with the lads and did a lot of great things. <BR> Unfortunately the amount of fun i had transferred itself into a colossal gain of 11 pounds. :( <BR> I know it was me who made all decisions with regards to food and more so alcohol while away but i'll tell, very bad reading hitting the scales yesterday. <BR> I was expecting a gain but maybe was a bit disappointing about how much of a gain wa... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:16:59 EST Freshen Up - Kettlebells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999581 Well after struggling for motivation to get going on my program and finding myself in a real rut i had decided it was time to freshen up and try something new. <BR> I decided to give kettlebells a go, after seeing many people saying they are great and also seeing them used extensively in articles in magazines etc. i thought why not . . . . <BR> So i bought a book called Ultimate Kettlebells by Dave Randolph, 4 sets of differant weighted kettlebells and when they all arrived after a little re... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 13:15:08 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985905 Motivation, the word of the day. Recently i have really struggled to get myself geed up and ready to go and blast out my workouts and cook good healthy food. <BR> This hasn't happened to me overnight, i have little by little been losing my grip on the game which a month ago i was beating to a bloody pulp and owning all the way. <BR> Now its almost like im the prizefighter who's punched out in the final stages of a fight and he has an opponent who just won't stop coming forward and cannot be b... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:30:46 EST A Bad Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974435 Well i well and truly fell off the train this week, my dog Lady has been unwell and i have been back and forth to vets, she's had an operation and i have been working as many extra shifts as i could to help pay for the vets bill. <BR> It has also knocked me out of my routine with how i was working out and preparing fresh healthy meals daily for myself. I know its all my fault and yesterday when i stepped on the scales it showed. :-( <BR> Not a massive gain but enough to put me on a bit of a ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:25:39 EST :-( A Poorly Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962305 Yesterday i found that overnigt a large lump had appeared on my dog ladys neck, she has struggled with eating and drinking as it seems to have swelled around her tongue too. <BR> My vet though isnt sure what it is, she has advised me to have her looked at right away and after giving her a jab of antibiotics and anti inflammatory i have now got her home for the night before they put her under to get a better look at what it is. <BR> Im just praying for the best and hope its nothing serious and... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 13:40:41 EST A Hard Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941569 Well its been a damn hard weekend for me this week, i was celebrating my birthday with family and friends and went of the rails with my diet and also for two days did,t get my exercises in. <BR> While i did enjoy my weekend it was a dread today when i needed to step on the scales and see the damage of two days of partying. <BR> The number was 2lbs, two pounds gained in two days. Upto Saturday i had done everything right with my program but massively overindulged in the not so great for you fo... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:06:52 EST A Monumental Day - Bye Bye To The Fifty Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932590 Well this is me starting week 15 of my grand transformation and it has brought around a monumental day for me, todays weigh in has seen me clear the 50lb mark of lost weight. <BR> Not sure if there is an emoticon on here with a big enough smile to compare to my mine im wearing right now. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> But it just makes me feel overwhelmingly great this, the last 14 weeks have been the hardest weeks of my life with the training and dieting. <BR> I have have a great deal of aches and... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:28:35 EST Very Mad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917968 Well a few weeks ago i took a bad hit at training and i ended up going to the hospital where they took an x-ray and told me there was nothing to worry about but after the pain hadn't subsided i decided to return and would you have guessed it. They actually missed the fact that i have a fracture in my left arm. To say i was a little mad would be an understatement, i have continued full contact training, boxing and my weight lifting routines and have tried to work through the pain so my progres... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 16:10:13 EST The Week Of Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911073 This has been the first week since i started dieting in March that i have found hard for a number of reasons, they all intertwine and have a knock on effect to what has been my general daily routine of the past few months. <BR> This week has been surrounded by temptation and will continue to be so for a couple of days as tomorrow is the queens diamond jubilee in England which means partys everywhere with all the wrong food and drinks for what i am trying to accomplish. <BR> But lets start ear... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 07:56:56 EST A Night Of Regret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908854 Well yesterday was my best friends birthday and as is customary with all our big events it means were going to be tanking the alcohol. I definitely overindulged and feel pretty turd all in all. after being up for 12 hours i am only now just beginning to feel like myself, earlier i felt and looked like an extra out of the walking dead. This reaffirms my reason for stopping with the beers, im tired, didn't workout as i overlayed so i had to make sure i got the dogs out before work. <BR> While i... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 14:23:08 EST 14 Weeks Big Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900724 Well yesterday was the end of my 14th week on the weight loss trail and today heralds in the weekly weigh in and also the monthly measuring to see if anything has been lost inch wise throughout the body. Well looking at the summary on here from March when i began to today i must say after waking up a bit miffed it really has put a smile on my face. <BR> Start Current Loss <BR> Weight 282 lbs... Mon, 28 May 2012 05:33:34 EST Another Little Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889457 Well today was our first pre season training session at football, it ushers in degrees of excitement and dread in equal measure. Excitement towards the fact that we are back together as a group to put the prep work in for the new season after two promotions in two years since we founded our club and also dread, the dread is the hard work like running sprints, jogging drills etc. for conditioning. <BR> Well this is the first time that after training i am not tired, don't have any aches or pai... Sun, 20 May 2012 08:43:15 EST Back To The Grind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886910 Well today has heralded the end of my magical two days free of work, its back to the grinder today and to be fair i just plain can't be bothered. The last couple days have been great as i have had all the time in the world to eat right and work out which is always easier when you have no work. <BR> Today though i was up early and have got a lot done. I have been out with the dogs, eaten a nice breakfast and been for a walk to get some fish from a super market a couple miles away for lunch. <B... Fri, 18 May 2012 09:08:38 EST It Really May Be Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886118 Ok so since i have made great progress in the last few months with my fitness and am not really feeling it when i do cardio i thought i would step things up and make things more intense. <BR> So my friend said if your serious about upping the intensity there is a great program called INSANITY, well i have never tried things like this but i thought why not. <BR> Well i am on day two of the program and must say my friend was right, its ridiculous ! I have never felt so a great burn. I am strug... Thu, 17 May 2012 17:17:25 EST Wasted Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879148 Well i have just got ready for work and am writing this before i leave. Its been a very very long and very tiring. I have spent more time at work this weekend as were are busy and short staffed which has meant i have had to pick up the slack and its meant that i am really tired and have struggled to get proper workouts in. All i have managed are quick stints on the rower and bike in my house plus walks with my dogs. <BR> I feel awful really, its all become part of my routine now and when i c... Sun, 13 May 2012 08:39:51 EST Thoughts Of The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878061 Well its less than half an hour now until i go and undertake the dread which is work. I have 11 hours today as we have a party at the restaurant on top of our normal business. <BR> I am very tired after today's activity's and if i am honest i could sleep now because of how tired i am. <BR> But i have had a good solid workout, walked the dog, ate very well up to lunch and have put a good pack up together to ensure i don't get tempted to pull items from the platters going out on the buffet ta... Sat, 12 May 2012 09:26:08 EST A Small Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877900 Well i have just got back from a small walk with my dogs in the woods to the rear of my home and today has marked what is in essence a silly thing which most people take for granted in every day life, i was able to . . . . . just building suspense . . . . . dun dun dun . . . . tie my shoe lace. People may look at that and think so what, but the me of 3 months ago with the extra 30 pounds could not simply bend over and tie a lace. I would have to sit or rest my back up against something whil... Sat, 12 May 2012 05:47:43 EST At A Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870597 A big part of my success my weight loss in the last few months has been the walks i go on with my beautiful border collie Lady, she has ran and indeed walked those hard miles with me and gave great companionship along the way, unfortunately she is getting older and today i found she has arthritis after seeing the vet as she hasn't been able to move around like herself. <BR> Its been hard to get motivated today to do anything especially where my steps are concerned because 95% are taken with h... Mon, 7 May 2012 13:19:23 EST Where Im At http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869832 Well today is the start of week 12 for me and im at a great place right now. <BR> Today was time for the weekly weigh in i lost another couple pounds, which gives me a loss of 30 pounds. Its absolutely great to look back in summary of where i have gone in the last few months and all the progress which i have made. <BR> Its been approximately 6 years since i have weighed in around the 250lb mark so i am just really really happy as i move forward into this new week and hopefully by the end of i... Mon, 7 May 2012 04:46:08 EST A 2nd Chance At Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858719 Well as i write this i am entering into week 11 since i decided enough was enough after a trip to the doctors scared the living daylights out of me. I was and indeed still am very obese and having chest pains which at 25 years old is a big issue. When i started i was 282 lbs with a BMI of 37.2 and after ten weeks on my road to a new me i am 29 lbs lighter with a BMI of 33.4 which is great progress for someone who ten weeks ago didn't eat any healthy foods like fruit/vegetables or did literall... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:40:24 EST The Taming Of The Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843567 This is an issue which im sure we all struggle with from day to day when we are on diets. <BR> We all the love those great sweet buns, ice cream, chocolate and sodas which for whatever reason when were consuming give us a little buzz of satisfaction and are our go to foods when feeling blue. <BR> I know that when i would go to shops now the temptation is all around, there seems to be aisle after isle of the junk foods and then on one corner of an isle there are the healthier options. <BR> Ne... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 06:10:16 EST Week 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837002 Well im here to start week 9 of my plan and as its Monday it means its time for the weigh in. <BR> After no change in my weight last week im happy to say i have lost two pounds which just simply puts a smile on my face and a great buzz as i enter week nine. <BR> I am also on week four of the tame your sugar tooth challenge which is going very well so far, i have dramatically changed the amount of sugar going into my diet. <BR> All though i have done well the last couple of months with my die... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:43:10 EST 2 Month Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830547 Well im now two months into my new program and so far have done very good, i have nearly lost 20 pounds, dropped a size on my shirts and lost 6 inch on my waist. <BR> So its all very good really, i have also not touched a drop of alcohol which was undoubtedly my number 1 vice before i started. These days i seem to sleep much better without the alcohol and with hours etc. down at work its helped a lot with the money saved. <BR> I have struggled a little bit with my workouts recently as i have... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:15:26 EST Its All Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809293 Well week on week i ma getting to grips with my diet & exercise and week on week i am finding new ways to liven both of the above so neither the diet or exercise become stale. <BR> I am finding that i am starting to be able to do slightly more exercise on my bike and rower so thats moving on nicely. With my strength workouts i have now got them pretty much memorised so those workouts have more flow to them now as i am not looking back to see what comes next. <BR> So add that to the fact i reg... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:57:55 EST The Great Temptations & New Challanges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805068 Ok so here are the very simple facts, i like many a person on here have for many a year struggled to control my sweet tooth. I would gorge on all manors of junk foods but especially sweets and chocolate. Also since i work at a restaurant and am very good friends with the chef and also she trusts my judgement. She has done many a taste test on me when trying new desserts for her specials where by i would eat multiple servings of dessert and give my opinion but i wouldn't have a small amount i ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:43:38 EST Bitter - Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803568 Well i suppose on the surface someone will look at my week in which i have lost 8.8lbs and most people would be like wow, you've had a great week there. But the fact is that for 5 days i did fantastic with my diet and exercise and the last two i had food poisoning which has probably done more in two days of lying around then five days of working hard. <BR> This is why even though its a great loss im not pumped because i don't know how much of that is me. Because as we all know when on a jour... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 06:39:48 EST Back To My Roots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799650 Where to begin ? well i am nearly one month into my new life changing plan. I haven't felt this good for many year. This is because i am going back to my roots and training as i did when i was younger doing boxing as an amateur, while i cant do things for as long or probably to the same intensity as i could i know that it is a good place to start. A good healthy diet, weights, boxing, rowing, cycling and the real ball breaker . . . running. <BR> I am doing well and slowly building myself up a... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:28:47 EST Another Week Over, Another Positive Feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794412 Well its Monday and that means its time for the weekly weigh in to kick start the new week. <BR> The results are in and . . . . dun dun dun. . . its another 2.5lbs lost this week. Happy Days ! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I have done very well last week, especially when working very long hours at work. I managed to keep on my program with the diet and still managed to workout as normal which i must say was a bit of a worry for me when i knew i would be out of the house for 11-14 hours depending o... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:56:09 EST Friday - The End Of The Week For Most http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790145 Well due to my work i seldom have days off at weekends and this weekend my boss is away from today till Sunday evening as he is off to watch the rugby between England & Ireland at Twickenham. This means i have to work much longer hours over this weekend which is going to put strain on my program. I am doing 11 hours today and 13-14 hours tomorrow depending on what time we close up for. This means there is no real time for working out these next 2 days and also it will be hard to prepare good... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:46:14 EST A Day Off - A Great Opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783075 Ok so today i have a full day off from work, that's something which i don't get enough off due to commitments to work. This is going to give me a great opportunity to get stuck in and get some real work done. <BR> I had a great nights sleep and have woke up truly refreshed and after completing my first week alcohol free i must say i can feel the difference for that too. As i write this i have just had my breakfast (porridge & diced apple) and will be mapping out what i am doing today here on ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:50:04 EST Knackered ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780266 Ok so ive done well so far this week, ive done great on my diet, i have left the alcohol alone for a week (as that is a major vice for me) and so feel pretty damn good. <BR> I have a new rowing machine to try and liven up my cardio programs by doing something different than biking and pounding the ground for a run. <BR> The thing with the rower though which i was actually surprised about is that it does work alot of muscles i was not expecting it to and im knackered. but i suppose thats a goo... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 08:19:47 EST Aches & Pains, Yet Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741225 Well today was day one of working out again, i have just finished a workout with my free weights and had have also done a small workout with my gym ball to try and work core muscles which i need to get back up to speed if im to make any progress. <BR> I haven't eaten yet as i thought i would just take on water while exercising in the mornings then have a good breakfast before doing some work on my laptop, i will have to go into work later today but only for 4-5 hours. This means i can if my b... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:54:39 EST The Big Relapse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4740722 Where to start . . . . . . . . . . <em>46</em> <BR> Well upto November 2011 i did fantastic on my weight loss and lost a total of 13 kilos, but sadly after that i struggled with my diet, exercising and just all in all jumped back into my old lifestyle. <BR> Eating junk foods, drinking lots of alcohol and playing video games. <BR> Im struggling with everything, motivation being a key factor, i just cant get myself pumped for workouts like i was a few months ago. <BR> Getting back in my old... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:01:02 EST The New Year, The Resolution & Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4661951 Well before the ball dropped on 2012 i made myself a resolution to try and be better than i had with my diet and exercise regime. Its been hard with work and the fact that i have for some reason just been lazy as sin. Not feeling like taking time to create fresh foods and get of my butt and work for what i want, a new thinner me. <BR> Well after much putting off through the last few days i have finally hit it up big and worked hard in the gym and started eating properly. <BR> I ache all ove... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:39:17 EST The End Of The Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647406 Well tomorrow isn't just another day, its another year. We are all looking at the damage of the christmas/new year period on our wallets and waist lines. Good or bad news we can all take heart from the fact that the new year will bring us new energy and enthusiasm to work towards our goals. <BR> I have just finished work at 4am BST which has meant a 16 hour shift for me but in 6 hours i am up with my new workout partner to try and put a dent in the 2011 pounds and get 2012 off to a magic sta... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:17:04 EST The New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4645949 Well we are on the verge of saying goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012 as i write this. Most will be looking forward to an exciting night with friends and family while i stare down the barrel at a very exhausting and utterly soul sucking 15 hour shift. Plain not fair. <BR> Well anyway that's the moan out of the way now for the positive bit. 2011 is the year i decided to make a change to my lifestyle and make a new me which i would be happy to see stare back in the mirror every morning. I have m... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:24:46 EST The First 48 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589955 Well day two of being back on the diet is almost over and i must say its been a killer so far. <BR> Yesterday i did well keeping track of all which i consumed and have done it again today. I have kept within the parameters which are considered correct for someone my age and height etc. which is great. <BR> Yesterday i did find myself hungry at various points throughout the day but had to be strong as i know its just my stomach saying '' what you doing to us ? we normally troth three times as ... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 10:40:35 EST Ding Ding, Seconds Out . . . . . . Round Two ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587340 Well i have put tomorrow off for long enough, tomorrow is my first day back on the trail. <BR> Thursday is a unusual day to start getting back on with recording food & fitness but since it is a day off and i know that im only on a half day friday at work i can really try and push myself without thinking of what may happen with energy levels or aches and pains at work the following day. <BR> Looking on my measurements tracker is a damn hard realistic look at how bad i fell back onto the gravy ... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:45:57 EST