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Believe it or not, it did happen…not morbidly obese, but bigger than I’d ever been…and it wasn’t very nice.
When I was 19 I decided to take a break from competitive sport, I’d been competing at sport pretty much all year round since I was 9 years old, and I felt like a break.
So I took a few months off over a Summer, went out with my mates every night (back in the days when a 19 year old could afford to go out every night), ate stuff that I rarely touched when I was training for sport, cut right back on my exercise.
Anyway, this went on for a few months, into early Autumn, then one night, down the pub, one of my friends called Ray said “you don’t have any facial muscles any more”. Now, it was meant as a joke as I’d been ribbing Ray about the fact he’d put on weight, and he was already a big lad (6 feet 4 inches, 18 stones).
I didn’t react at at the time except to poke him in the belly and say “at least I’ve still got ribs”.
But it did hit me, I hadn’t noticed the fat creeping on…well you don’t when you see yourself in the mirror every day.
The next day I checked myself out, and I had a substantial amount of flubber. I immediately sorted things out…no more going out every night, started eating stuff I knew would help me sort myself out, started using the works gym 5 nights a week as well as joining a football team to give myself that competitive edge again.
I quickly sorted myself out, but I’ve never forgotten how being like that felt, or Ray’s words that night and how they affected me. A few months later we were chatting and I thanked him for giving me the kick in the pants I needed, his response “you were never meant to be a fat bloke, mate”.
I haven’t seen him in about 10 years, the last time I was walking outside a diy store and saw this big grinning skinhead walking towards me, at first I thought I might be in a bit of trouble, then I realised it was him. We had a catch up and he reminded me of how he’d helped me turn myself around that night…he still remembered it all those years later.
And that is one of the things that motivates me to help other change, it’s hard to know when things are getting out of shape, and it’s even harder to change without support.
The support group that comes with all of my online programmes are invaluable for members. Not only do I post regular recipes and tips but they get to ask me questions and when they are feeling low they know they’ll get support from me and the other members because EVERYONE goes through low points when they are making big changes to their lives.
I’m going to be running a 10×10 Challenge starting on Monday 1st February. To sign up for just £15 click here (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VE5X9NVZ6768N) . The price will be going up to £20 at the weekend.
Sean (flubber face) Dullaghan
Transformations Personal Training
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