I am fitter than I’ve ever been and determined to maintain this lifestyle as I get older…

THE GAIN I grew up overweight. I loved food- particularly the variety that isn’t good for me. I would binge eat at any opportunity and this contributed to my unhealthy life-style. When I reached high school, my weight didn’t hinder my desire to play sport-
I was involved in cricket, hockey, soccer, rugby and volleyball. But my size was always an issue and I was never fit. After I finished school the binge eating continued.

THE CHANGE At the end of 2008, I was going through a lot of personal issues that included not being happy at work (leading to my resignation), a two-year relationship that had ended badly and a sense that I lacked direction. I wasn’t in a good place, and I weighed 107kg. I was unhappy with my situation and with myself, so in January 2009, I set about making real changes in my life.

THE STRATEGY Despite never sticking to a healthy eating plan growing up, I had a pretty good idea of what I could and couldn’t eat. I ate small meals at regular intervals and ensured that I drank only water and 100% fruit juices. I allowed myself a cheat meal or two on weekends as a reward. Gym became a huge part of my daily routine, and I made it a rule to get in five or six sessions a week with rest days where I needed them. The regimen started with cardio and high intensity super-circuits that included stair sessions, to which I largely attribute my weight loss. I then ventured on to weights, working on strength and conditioning. I also played a weekly game of either squash or indoor football to break away from the gym routine.

THE REWARD I’ve become a happier, healthier, more confident person. I landed a fantastic job at a leading PR agency and have met an amazing woman. I am fitter than I’ve ever been and determined to maintain this lifestyle as I get older.