Blog: Beginning the Weight Loss / Fitness Journey

Like many of us the world over, I’ve put on a little weight over the last year or so while in lockdown. I’ve been spending my days going from my bed to my desk before finishing work and planking my fat arse on the couch and heading to bed to start the cycle over again. Yes, I’ve enjoyed the antisocial aspect of working from home but I think it is time for a change.

I’ve been on and off the weight loss and fitness train so many times over the last few years I’ve actually lost count. I’ve lost weight, I’ve gained weight. I’ve packed on some muscle and then lost it a few weeks later because I’ve eaten way too much pizza. However, at the time of writing I am two days removed from my 33rd birthday and truthfully, if I don’t sort my shit out now I probably never will.

Not only am I going to be documenting my experiences here for the world to see but I’m also going to use Digital Runaway as a way to hold myself accountable for what I’m doing. Although I don’t look like someone who has a solid understanding of health and fitness, I actually do. I’ve spent years researching this, that and the next thing and I know exactly what to do in the gym to get the results I want.

However, where I and many others fall down is in the kitchen. Between poor food choices, lack of preparation, laziness and uncontrollable urges to eat crap I shouldn’t be eating, I find myself on the obese side of the BMI scale. Now, yes I know that BMI is a flawed system that doesn’t take factors like bone density and muscle mass into consideration, but despite that I’m still willing to admit that when it says I’m clinically obese, it’s probably accurate.

At my last weigh in on Sunday 27th June, I was 293.4lbs, a touch over 133kg and I’m a little over 6ft. This puts my BMI at 39.1 which is almost in the morbidly obese category. It is time for a change. It is time for me to get off my arse and do something about it instead of just talking about it.

Personally speaking, I’ve always been heavy. Even when I was super skinny and looked like I was on death’s door I was heavy meaning that I probably have high bone density and a thick skull. To put it in perspective for any wrestling fans out there, I’m about the same height as Kevin Owens with a similar build but I’m also about 30lbs heavier than he is and nowhere near as fit.

What’s the plan then? Well, the plan is to lose weight and to keep it off. More importantly, the plan is to lose bodyfat. I plan on doing this by following a basic gym plan that I’ve laid out for myself based on successful results I’ve had in the past. In addition, I really need to up my hydration and drink a lot more water as well as ensure I get a better night’s sleep but more importantly I need to sort my diet out.

As of the time of writing, my eating plans are still to be determined but I’ll be sure to keep you all informed with any changes and / or updates over the next couple of weeks. I don’t plan on this to be a change that lasts a few weeks like it has done in the past. This post may just seem like the incoherent ramblings of a fat man, but this is hopefully the first step of many in my weight loss / fitness journey.

by Edward Laing