Weight Loss

Wedding Weight Loss – Introduction – Danny

How I lost 6 stone in 6 months by eating the things I love and doing no exercise!!!!

That statement… is a complete lie. But it’s one that is fed to us by diet companies and magazines looking for a quick sale and is usually based on a plan which gives results for a week or 2 before you find yourself piling on the pounds.

A bit of a strange blog post for a company who make wedding films I know but this is what our blog is for. Anything other than our films which you can now find in our Stories section.

Let’s talk about weight loss and diets. We are a nation who seem to always be on a diet but probably never getting anywhere. Weight loss is also the no1 activity not directly related to a wedding day that many brides and grooms undertake. I believe teeth whitening is second on that list.

Both myself and Julie have undergone a bit of a transformation this past 10 months and continue to make progress and we wanted to share our experience with an audience greater than just our friends and family. So over the next few months we will be making regular blog posts to talk about our progress, our success, our failures, how we did it, what tools we used (spoiler: personal trainer and a Fitbit) and what we have learnt along the way. What will make this series interesting is that both myself and Julie will be blogging about our own experiences. And let me tell you, loosing weight and getting fit really differs between men and women.

This first post is an introduction. Where I have come from, where I am now and brief intro on how we did it. Each blog post will go into greater detail about what we did.

So first up, the ever important before and after pic and a bit of a warning. This blog post is personal, its meant to be raw so will feature shots of me in my underpants.

Danny lost 6st with the help of a personal trainer
Danny after 10 months of weight loss and working out

On the left, how I looked when at my heaviest. On the right, a shot from last Sunday where I have lost a total of 40kg in a little over 6 months.

So how did I do it? What miracle diet did I follow or pills did I take? I ate and I worked out. That’s pretty much it.

Let’s rewind to March 2015.

I am Danny and I love sugar. I love burgers. I love watching telly and eating burgers topped off with a sugary cake after. All my life my weight has gone up and down like many and all my life I’ve had a reason for it.

Over the years I’ve tried every diet going. Red days, green days, diet pills, diet clubs, weight watchers, soups, shakes, Alli, no food, lots of food, water, water with lemon… You name it and I’ve probably tried it. And, they all work… to a point.

After failing at all these Julie took the decision to look into getting a personal trainer, a last ditch resort that if it failed, we would just accept who we were and be happy with our burgers and cakes. Well, it was by far the best decision we have ever made.

In March 2015 I had my first meeting with Rick Gregory from Team Complete Fitness Academy here in Luton. He wasnt the first personal trainer we had met with but he’s the one we liked. All the others wanted to give us a beasting from day 1 but Rick assured us the best and fastest results would come from breaking us in gently.

My first personal training session sounds easy now but on the day was about as hard as it could be. I remember he asked me to do 50 jumping jacks. I got to 10 and wanted to die, I thought I was going to. After a few more jumps and raising my hands above my head my session was done. He told me to go home. I asked about diet and he told me to do nothing new. Keep it the same. It all sounded a little fishy to me.

Danny before and after weight loss
6 months progress

So a week later was session 2, same things again but this time he wanted me to keep a food diary. Eat as normal but log it. This was the first bit of magic. I logged everything using MyFitnessPal on my iPhone and I was shocked to see just how many calories I was consuming in a day. A Whooping 3800-4200 calories PER DAY! For someone with my activity levels I only needed around 2300 a day. This immediately made me evaluate my eating.

Ricks plan went on like this for a few weeks. A single weekly session with him became daily little workouts at home. He gave me an eating plan (more on this another day) and I was now loosing 1-2kg per week. Bang on target.

Lets fast forward to today, as I write this. I’ve lost over 40kg and I am now on an eating plan which is 3500 calories per day and I’m putting on weight. But that’s a good thing. It’s about building muscle mass now and I’m doing this with my workouts which I do 7 days a week. Sometimes twice in a day. I am now in complete control of my weight. I decide if it goes up, I decided if it goes down.

This didn’t happen over night and the build up from never working out because I didn’t have time to 7 days a week happened over many months and meant a LOT of changes in my life and in my work.

Over the months I have set myself many goals and smashed them all. I wanted to do push ups from my toes, done. Pullups, done, fit in my 34 inch waist trousers, done. And now my goal is to build one of those body’s you see on magazines and thanks to Rick I have the confidence to get there. It will take a few more years but I know it will happen.

Danny side profile before and after weight loss
6 months progress

In this series of blog posts I will cover more about what I ate, how I work out and how my life has changed for the better. The eating blog post will be an interesting one as we are all led to believe that there is a specific diet plan that you can buy that will make you magically lose weight and look like Kim Kardashian in just 2 weeks (spoiler: does not exist). The thing to remember about commercial diets are that they exist to make money. They all sell the dream of lose weight, do no exercise and still eat the things you love. I can tell you now that Bakewell tarts didn’t initially fit into my new eating plan. Now they do, once a week but not everyday like some plans let you think. I can tell you now that those ‘sins’ or ‘pro-points’ are nothing but trouble.

We want these blog posts to be inspirational and interactive. So be sure to use the comments below to let us know your thoughts, your struggles or words of wisdom.


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