Andrew 2.0

I was recently talking to a friend about things, and it was suggested that I try writing or blogging – what my friend didn’t know is that I did some thing like this a few years ago, and I sent them the link to this blog. That prompted me to re-read earlier posts and recall what I had posted previously.

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Andrew 2.0

Away day

It’s been a couple of days since I came off plan, or at least stopped following the diet exclusively. So far, my daily diet now consists of a shake for breakfast, a reasonably sized lunch (either a hot lunch or a salad) followed by something sweet but not over the top, and finished in the evening with either another S&S meal or a small dinner at home. I’ve also sneakily eaten chocolate and biscuits in between times, but have tried to not go overboard with this.

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Away day

Cold hands

Losing a lot of weight is having some unexpected side effects. First of all, there’s the gradual enjoyment of clothes shopping which I just didn’t get beforehand. Clothes weren’t something that I liked shopping for particularly, but I’m gradually starting to warm to it, particularly as I’m now able to fit into more and more, and because I’m now able to go into many of the higher end shops and find things that will fit me!
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Cold hands

Skinny git

I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I’m turning into a skinny git. It dawned on me yesterday – my wife suggested I go try on some clothes while we were in Southampton, and so we wandered down to the Superdry store to look around. I found the coat that I’m going to buy in London , and it still fits really well. As I walked up to the mirror, I had to smile as I look really good in it. The wife then pointed to a hoodie-cum-knitwear pullover and said that I should try it on. I wasn’t sure as it definitely wasn’t the kind of thing that I would normally buy for myself.

Grabbing it, I pulled it up and over my head and put it on. It was a slim body fitting pullover and when I looked in the mirror it made me look really skinny and also really tall at the same time. Trouble was, it was £110 to buy! That said, it’s a great feeling to be able to walk into a shop like that and be able to try most of the clothes on and look good in them.

What’s more, even my mum commented on how well my new jeans fitted me. That was unexpected, but no less appreciated for it.

Another thing happened while I did my planking on Saturday evening – my wife pointed out my shoulder muscles to my mum, so I decided to take my t shirt off and do a few push-ups just to show them properly. I could see the smile on my wife’s face as I went through the motions, and I felt good.

This getting healthy lark is a good feeling, and I’m more determined than ever to stay at the weight I reach.

So – the weight loss. Well, I had an Indian on Friday night and a small dinner on the Saturday night, as well as some chocolate biscuits (although I didn’t go mad). I stepped on the scales this morning with a bit of trepidation as I thought I would have put on some weight since last week. To my surprise, I had actually dropped 5lbs so I’m now just a sliver under 12st 13lbs – I actually started typing 13st there rather than 12at, which goes to show the disbelief I have that I’m actually at that weight!

My goal is to get down to 12st 7lbs – if I end up a little lower then that’s no bad thing, but that is my target. At that point, I’ll be well within the ideal banding for my height and BMI, and will be able to give myself a buffer when I start the refeed process – a slight weight gain is inevitable, so I want to give myself as much slack as I can. In all honesty, if I can level out at 13st then I’ll be very happy indeed – that’s a good healthy weight for my height, and I’ll be in a good place as I approach my forties.

I also hadn’t exercised over the last few days on account of having very little space at my parents house. I made up for that last night when I did 153 sit-ups, 27 push-ups, 47 squats and all of my weights routine. By the end of all that I was definitely feeling better for doing it. My biceps and shoulders are starting to see results, while I can feel my legs burning a bit after the squats meaning that it’s working. The last piece to the puzzle will be to get to the doctor to see about my shoulder – although I’m able to do push-ups and my shoulder presses, I do still feel that my right shoulder isn’t moving as well as it should do. I’ll give it another month as by then I should have completed at least one milestone on my push-ups journey, and be nearly there on my sit-ups journey.

Things are definitely looking up – I’ve kept all of this up for over a month, so the habit should definitely be forming.

Skinny git


I haven’t blogged for a couple of days – I’ve been away and actually quite busy, and just haven’t had the time to sit down and let my usual brain dump take place.

I’ve also been away from home and not near a microwave or a kitchen to be able to maintain my diet. Instead I’ve been eating regular meals, including a meal at Pizza Express and a takeaway from Nacho Cheese. I’m pleased to be able to report that that I put 2lbs on, only to lose it straight away when I did a day of Slim & Save.

Some of the information I’ve read on their site indicates that past members have chosen to go on the 5:2 diet, where they have Slim & Save days on the two fasting days. Based on a single day, I can appreciate how that would work. However, I’ve got another ten days or so to shift the remainder of the weight before I can move onto a maintenance regime.

I now fit comfortably into my new clothes – they were never tight beforehand, but just a little too figure hugging for my liking. Now, they fit me really well and I’m getting into the whole shopping thing now that I have clothes that fit me well. I’m looking forward to going to London at the end of the month when I can do some more shopping and hopefully buy a coat that I’ve seen and which fits me really well. That, and a scarf will do me!

The final piece in the puzzle is a suit – all my other suits are now too big for me. I’m going to need one before long as I may be going on a business trip at the end of November, and I need to look smart for it. I’ve seen a few at Marks and Spencer, but I really need to go and try some on.

Ideally I want to be able to spend around £200 a month on clothes, at least for a couple of months so I can build my wardrobe back up. Beyond that, then I’d like to be able to buy things if I like them. I’m not far off this – there’s just some hard work I need to do to clear debt once and for all.

Once that’s gone, then we will have a lot more freedom and we will be able to do a lot more together as a family.

For now, I’m really happy to be able to fit into clothes and to feel good about myself.


Venturing off-piste

I’m having a bit of a different day today – I’ve got a meeting this morning after which I’ll be heading to London to meet a old supplier, before staying overnight with a friend and attending a conference/exhibition tomorrow.

With that in mind, I had a shake for breakfast this morning but have not brought any other food packs with me for while I am away. Instead, I’m going to try and eat sensibly to see whether I can do it.

Today is going to be odd anyway, because I’m meeting a former colleague in our canteen for another breakfast – I’ll probably just stick to sausages, but it’ll mean that at lunch time I’ll probably only have a snack bar and go all the way through until this evening when I’ll meet my friend for dinner (to say thank you for letting me crash overnight).

Tomorrow, I really don’t know what I’ll do – my friend doesn’t usually drink milk (which is fine as I don’t usually either) but it will likely be poached eggs for breakfast, something light for lunch and then whatever I can find for dinner – I’ll be back in Bath by then, so will have plenty to choose from.

I’m now at 13st 1lb, which is an amazing figure – I never thought that I’d get down this far, but I’m not finished yet which is why I’m keen to try going off-plan and find out whether it will have an effect. In some ways, I’ll be offsetting any food I eat by doing a tremendous amount of walking tomorrow at the conference, but quite how much I don’t know.

I’m looking forward to finding out though!

Venturing off-piste


I’ve been working hard the last few months to lose the weight I’ve lost so far, and I’m in touching distance of finishing my diet for now. That’ll happen at the end of this month, when I officially come off the diet and start to reintroduce regular meals back into my routine.

I have to admit that one of the reasons that I’ve found it so easy is that I’ve been able to plan my meals way in advance, meaning I just have to grab the next two shakes and meal pack, along with a snack bar each day. That takes the decision making away from me and means I can run on auto-pilot. This is helpful, as more often than not I’m up at 5am and just trying to get myself moving each morning!

I’ve got into the routine of having a shake for breakfast, one for lunch followed by a snack bar mid-afternoon and a meal in the evening along with a small pot of jelly afterwards. In between times, I’ve been drinking copious amounts of water to keep me going – in fact I’m probably hitting on average 3 litres of water per day, perhaps even more.

This is in contrast to many other people who appear to mix in regular food with their meal packs in an attempt to thicken them up somewhat. I have to admit that personally it feels a little like cheating, particularly when they say that they’ve not lost anything at all in a given week. My gut feeling is that the 100% Simplicity approach is the one to stick to as it yields the best results – but it’s essential to have the daily water allowance too, as otherwise you’ll feel very dehydrated and probably quite constipated too.

So what are my goals? Well, I’d like to get down to at least 12st 7lbs, if not slightly lower. I know that when I reintroduce regular meals I’ll put on a bit of weight as my body adjusts, but I don’t want to go above 13st again as I feel really comfortable at this weight.

In addition, I’m now wearing 34″ trousers and 16.5″ collar shirts – which was another one of my goals. I’ve now met that, and I don’t wish to wear 36″ or 38″ ever again, never mind an 18″ collar shirt!

I also want to be able to enjoy my new weight – and I’ve been hard at work exercising. I’ve been doing sit-ups, gradually increasing the number I do each day (I did 130 today) and also the dumbbell workouts I’ve been doing. I’ve now increased it to 2 x 20 reps each day of curls and rows, as well as 20 shoulder presses. My arms are getting used to the effort I’m putting in, so another one of my goals is to buy a half-decent cast iron dumbbell and barbell set so I can increase the weight I’m lifting.

Finally I really need to get back out on my bike, but I need to buy some clothes to fit me! I think that will be the real way to keep my weight down – the sit-ups and weights are there to tone my body, whereas the cycling will burn any fat that I put on.

I’d be really interested to get a body fat measurement at some point – I don’t know what it will come out as, because I do still have some fat around my lower stomach and the tops of my legs. However, the bulk of it has burned away, leaving me a very different person underneath!