Transformation Thursday – If you change nothing, nothing will change.

I used to be one of those people who would roll their eyes at the sight of yet another ‘inspirational motivational’ quote that a friend had shared on Facebook. 

To cut an extremely long story short – I have always been overweight. My weight has fluctuated from 16st to 14st, back up to 17st, down to 15st 7lbs for all of my adult life.

In September 2010 I weighed 18st 7lbs. I know this as I took a career break from work for 3 months to travel some of the world and I remember weighing myself the day before I left Ireland.

I returned just before Christmas 3st lighter thanks mainly to the backpacker lifestyle of living off beans and toast & carrying all my belongings on my back everywhere we went.

My lifestyle while I was backpacking couldn’t have been further from my reality.

I’m a computer programmer so spend from 8.30am to 6.00pm sitting at a desk. I drive to and from work and in general, I’d admit that I have always been a lazy person.

Fast-forward to Saturday, August 25th, 2012 and I was helping friends move house. We were doing one final sweep of upstairs to make sure everything had been packed away and I found a weighing scales in their bathroom.

I don’t own weighing scales (probably out of denial) and I stood on them. That Autumn afternoon in my friend’s empty bathroom, I watched the needle on the scale fly past NINETEEN STONE (19st 2lbs to be exact).That Saturday afternoon in my friends’ empty bathroom, I stood looking down at the weighing scale and I felt so much shame… I am the only person to blame for my own size.

Not one person has ever force fed me, prevented me from taking a walk/exercise class/joining a gym, made me choose a takeaway over something fresh and homemade. 

On Tuesday, August 28th 2012, I rejoined Weight Watchers – Something had to change! From September to Christmas I followed the Weight Watchers plan, pointing my food daily and sticking to my daily point allowance. I lost about 3st in 3 months. The small changes I had made to my food intake had massive effects on my body. Instead of having 6 coffees during my work day, I drank water instead of every second coffee. I brought porridge to work. Instead of having a Mars Bar at 3pm, I had an apple.

Each of these sounds so trivial but collectively played a massive part in my weight loss. I’m not saying it was easy to resist the instant gratification achieved from eating ‘bad’ food like chocolate, pizza or takeaways but with a little self-restraint and discipline, I found myself moving in the right direction. Each little Silver 7 (a sticker you get when you lose 7lbs/half a stone) motivated me towards getting the next Silver 7.


By Christmas (the picture on the right below), I was 16st 7lbs and I felt great. My weight loss has slowed down either due to the fact there was a lot more temptation around close to Christmas in the form of staff parties, selection boxes and tins of roses or the fact that what I had changed in life had reached its plateau.

I want to be a healthier, fitter, better person – that was when I remembered my own advice ‘If you change nothing, nothing will change’. I had to make another choice, am I happy being 16st 7lbs or do I want to push for more? 

John will continue his story next week with Transformation Thursday here on the BDifferent Blog. In the meantime you can follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.

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