The plan to win my 12-year battle with the bulge at last
I have battled with my weight for the past 12 years. I’m now 40.
I thought having kids would be a turning point. I thought having a suspected heart attack in the West Indies while filming my show An Aussie Goes Calypso would be a turning point. I thought turning 40 would be a turning point.
But nothing seems to stick and I continue to jump on and off a number of diets and fitness regimes.
I make a million excuses: “I will start tomorrow,” or “I will start on Monday”. I am a big man and I have lots of mates and family who love me the way I am. Getting called ‘Big Fella’ is a term of endearment and people say it’s nice to see a big guy in the media.
Well I think I can still be “Big Fella” at 100kgs. I just do not have to be 125kgs.
My weight loss is not about vanity. It’s about living a full, long life. I want to walk my two daughters down the aisle at their weddings, I want to bounce my grand kids on my knees and take them to a Test match at the SCG or watch my Roosters win a match!
I still play tennis, squash, cricket, golf and touch footy and I play those sports OK but I can just imagine how much better I would be if I had 25kgs less to carry around. I don’t want to be a male model or be on the front cover of Cleo. I just want to be healthy.
Sitting next to Mark Geyer and Stuart MacGill each day when we’re doing The Grill Team also inspires me to get into shape. I know I have their support and that’s very important.
On the show a couple of weeks ago, Anthony Mundine challenged me to a few rounds as part of The Contender series coming up. That’s enough to scare anyone into getting fit.
So I’m done with excuses.
I am putting in place a plan that will allow me to get to my goal of 100kgs in the next six months. I can do it and these are some of the steps I am putting in place to make sure it happens.
Number one: Personal Trainer
When I’ve had success it’s been with a personal trainer who I’m accountable to. If I think I can get away without going to gym the trainers will say, ‘No mate, you have to come,’ so it makes it harder to back out! The gym is about 1km away from Maccas in Neutral Bay so I must make sure that I drive the other way home so I don’t nip in for a quick drive through!
Number two: Food Diary
If I write everything down that I eat and drink then I can double check myself and make sure I am sticking to the plan. Even healthy foods like a banana can be bad if I don’t work it off - it is full of sugar. These are the things I am learning. Boo!
Number three: Alcohol
This is a tough one as I love a beer and red wine. I have to make sure I curb this down to a glass of red a night and a few beers only on the weekends.
The difficulties I have had in the past are very simple - I can never really stick to anything long enough for it to work.
Last week I even attempted the Woman’s Weekly Drop A Dress Size diet. I don’t know what size dress I am but it’s worth trying.
In saying that I have had two very successful stints at losing weight. I lost 27kgs on Jenny Craig in 2002 and 21kgs in 2007 by eating and exercising properly. In the end though I always put the weight back on and then some. When I was successful I had a personal trainer and I ate with discipline. After the initial few weeks I actually didn’t miss junk food and enjoyed the comments I got from people who said they could see a difference in how I was looking. It spurred me on and I thought, “This is it! I’ve cracked it.”
To fall back to bad habits and put the weight back on was very hard and sad. Why did I not stick to it? I have a million excuses but the only one that is true is that I was soft. I was weak but now I want to lose my weight slowly and keep it off forever.
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