Whether it is a walk in the park or a trip in the car, the question that my stepsons Danny and Jack ask me, at the beginning, middle and end of every journey is: “How many miles are we going, how many have we went and how many until we get there?”
Before and After
In January 2011, weighing 354lbs, I was shocked into action by a photograph that pulled me from my descent into depression and possibly an early grave.
I had no idea the journey I was about to embark on and the people that I would meet would change my life so dramatically. My live became a life less ordinary. A life worth living.
I now I find myself having to remind myself how far I’ve actually came. 170lbs lost and a few gained, but working on becoming fitter and happier than ever. For the past three years I have served as a Lay Adviser to the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, been a British Journal of Sports Medicine Blogger, a Man V Fat columnist, Radio broadcaster, HASSRA Scotland Physical Activity Champion, CSSC Communications officer and Health Rewards Brand Ambassador while I’ve also enjoyed being the principle blogger for Great Run and a member of Glasgow 2014’s Commonwealth Games Team 14.
This blog and my social media accounts chart my journey from moribund and morbidly obese to healthier, happier and physical activity advocate and try athlete (I’ll try anything, but particularly enjoy running-even if my knees don’t). I hope, as it helps keep me focused and keeps me in and out of mischief, that it also provides a little encouragement to at least two other wee guys
My boys, Danny and Jack.
And possibly also you. Everything that I do has one aim. To encourage more people to move more and live more. Through small steps and small changes.
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