I first started looking at my weight when I got the photos back from my wedding do (2001). We had a great day and night but I ended up a little worse the wear and by the end of the evening was dancing around swinging my shirt around my head.
Well what the photos showed, that I hadn’t realised, was the lack of exercise in my life and the result of a job that entailed far too much time behind a desk. I was working long hours and my diet, although varied, was not as healthy as it should have been. I decided there and then that things had to change. I got together with some friends and we decided to start running. That was in 2002 so I’ve been running now for 10 years. I entered the New York marathon in 2003 and ended up getting processed through immigration and put back on the plane 4 hours later (another story) so didn’t get to do that one (my friends did and both finished). Not to be put off I entered the Stockholm marathon in 2003 and completed it in 4:09. Next year we did the London marathon and managed a 3:26.
Although I don’t do official races any more I still run at least once a week and also mountain bike. I also watch my weight now and have lost 1/2 a stone in the last 6 months by cutting out bread, dairy products (cheese, milk, cream etc), minimum alcohol intake, yeast and sugar. I do weaken occasionally but don’t we all! 10 years ago I was tipping the scales at 12 stone. I now weigh in at about 10 1/2 stone which I plan to stay at. My story is not at all remarkable but does show that if you combine exercise, diet and also importantly a mental ‘can do’ dedication over a long period (no fads here!) then you can achieve a healthier life. Good luck with yours!