"My wife tried her best with encouraging me and helping me cut out food groups but my love of bread would always be my downfall."
In 2012 I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia, this hit my family hard and kick started my reason for wanting to strengthen my body after being reduce to a hairy bag of fat.
The experience of knocking on deaths door made me realize just how fleeting life can be.
I am my son’s primary carer as he lives with severe disabilities, my entire day revolves around caring for my son so my health and me being around is extremely important.
My journey started with Pete in 2013, I dabbled with F.I.R.E and became a die hard I.C.E fan but I never ventured into the Nutrition side of things with MP.
For all of those years I would do my own research and find myself ‘going down the rabbit hole’ so to speak with things like fasting and other protocols.
My wife tried her best with encouraging me and helping me cut out food groups but my love of bread would always be my downfall.
My snapping point was right before a bike trip down to Phillip Island where I went to put on my favourite motorbike jacket which was quite expensive. I hadn’t put on in over 6 months and it didn’t fit - that p!$$ed me off!
It was time to commit and stop lying to myself or making excuses continuing to yo-yo with different FAD diets that I knew would never be sustainable.
I started my first MP program in February this year.
It was very exciting to start but halfway through the year I started sabotaging myself.
Holidays got in the way and a long stay at Westmead Hospital (350km away from home) with my son Fraser shook the wagon a bit leading to the wheels falling off.
But every time I fell off, I got back into it and re-stabilized which made me feel better. I got to experience the feeling of going off the rails and the difference between how I felt when I was on track. I started to enjoy the feeling of being on track.
At the beginning of my final program I started to realize two things, first just how many times I would use celebrations as a cause for eating and drinking. In one week celebrating my boys birthday 3 times. Reeling in the off meals and becoming more consistent was the key.
I still enjoyed myself on my 10 year anniversary with my wife & my birthday was the week after so I was a little less compliant but the key was never going overboard.
The Final 12 Weeks
My wife went away to Indonesia for work for two weeks during this final 12 weeks, which meant I couldn’t leave the house much. Psychologically I found it tough knowing I wouldn’t be able to exercise for two weeks especially as I was so close to the transformation awards.
It was in this time I had the most willpower I’ve ever had because I couldn’t use exercise as a trade off, granted I would on the odd occasion have a handful of nuts or a glass of wine but this time I found I didn’t get the same enjoyment from them as I once did.
In the final weeks before taking my after photos Pete was small changes to my food and I finally made it under 90kgs for the first time in a long time.
I’m nervous and a little embarrassed to be submitting my after photos but I know next year I’ll go through this whole process again and at this time next year I won’t be so embarrassed with my result.
Upon reflection, at the beginning of the year I was extremely motivated to reach my goal, even with the knowledge of a few potential hurdles with holidays and trips away from home which could derail my success. What I didn’t prepare for was the reality of every day life which for me is very stressful being a full time carer for my son.
Due to his many illnesses this year I have been very sedentary during the day – sometimes for weeks at a time and I’ve struggled to attend sessions at the gym.
But, the one thing I’ve had control over all year has been my nutrition. It’s taught me to be focused and consistent simply by being pro-active with food prep and keeping a detailed food diary for Pete to work with.
I have failed many times this year but each time I have been able to learn from it and keep moving forward.
Adapt and overcome.
I’m proud of myself even though I have quite made my goal of being under 85kg, it may take a little longer than I planned but I will get there.
Bring on 2019!!!
I hope my journey inspires other men like me to reach out for help, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
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