Success Story: Paul
|Start Weight||19st 7lbs|
|Current Weight||11st 13lbs|
|Weight Lost||7st 8lbs - Wow!|
|Working to Rate of Loss||Varied|
|Time Taken||3 years|
Currently work in IT. The Job is quite sedentary. I don’t work shifts any more but over the years I've really felt the need to get exercise from somewhere as it is very easy to put weight on being a "desk jockey".
Didn't expect in a million years to take up marathon running (Did one last Sunday 13th May in 3 hours 39 mins).
"I'm studying to be a personal trainer and I'm a believer to be able to teach something you need to be able to do it yourself. That’s why I'm striving to get as fit as possible!"
I've got one client at the moment - who is coming on leaps and bounds, so hopefully I can make a decent living out of it and do something I really want to do. But it’s early days yet. Anyone who want to contact me can private message me anytime.
Married. One daughter. One granddaughter who is 6 months old. I think she eats more than I do!!
They all live in Ireland and we go and see them a few times a year.
I didn’t consciously diet ever. If I did feel the pounds piling on I just used to exercise more.
Then my forties hit me, I found I couldn’t get as active as I was in younger years and I really did put the weight on.
Have you lost weight before and regained the weight?
Yes but this time I have managed to keep this weight off thanks to taking up marathon running.
Now I’m using Weight Loss Resources to fine tune my diet for two main reasons.
Firstly to make sure I don’t lose any more weight (I’m really happy and comfy with my weight) and secondly, to get my macronutrient balance correct.
How being overweight has affected you…
I lost a lot of self-confidence, and having always been active throughout my life I really did get quite down.
"I hated going clothes shopping; I could never get trousers to properly fit me."
And of course the old story, the more depressed I got the more I ate.
At the time I wanted to change careers and the position I applied for had a fitness test. I started doing hill walks and I got chest pains.
"This really frightened me and I thought to myself, Enough is enough."
After I’d lost two stones, I was “allowed” in a gym (they wouldn’t let me join, as my blood pressure was too high) and I managed to lose some weight and get a bit fitter.
By sheer chance I met up with a bloke who was a marathon runner returning from injury. The rest as they say is history.
Discovering Weight Loss Resources
This stems from a Nutrition course I did. They recommended some software which was prohibitively expensive.
"Then I came across WLR. This site would you believe is EVEN BETTER than the software."
I input my diet and I found I was eating far too much fat in my diet. Now I’ve corrected this and boy has it made a difference.
How Weight Loss Resources Helps
The site has helped me in my training. I hope I’m not unique in using this site not to lose weight but to help me in my diet. It shows sites like this have multiple uses.
Every day I input my diet and my exercise. Now what I try and do is have a balance of 70% Carbohydrates, 15% Protein and 10% fat.
"I manage this really well thanks to WLR and I actually find I have to eat more to maintain my weight."
Due to the fact I’m getting the correct balance for my training, but fitness and energy levels have gone up a few notches.
The Best of Weight Loss Resources
I use the food diary every day, add to my favourites and add my exercises and what surprises me is on days I run marathons I actually have to try and eat 6000 calories.
I was never eating anywhere near that and felt tired for days. Now thanks to WLR my recovery times have even improved.
Paul's Slimming Tips
- Take advantage of the food diary. It’s an excellent resource for Weight loss, Weight gain, Macronutrient balance and it even gives you a history report.
- The exercise diary is a must for people; you can set your own calories if you know what they are. And you can even taper your exercise to food intake.
- Explore the website and read the articles, you do get really good tips.
- Use WLR as an aid to your diet, not just as a place to check if something is okay to eat or not.
- Good for sedentary, active, older or younger people.
- Get support and help from the site – use the forum
Paul is now training to be a sports nutritionist and personal trainer.
You can track your running, exercise and nutrition with the Weight Loss Resources tools. You can see how many calories you burn and how many you eat. Try it Free for 24 hours.
* Note: The success stories published on Weight Loss Resources are written by WLR members, past and present, telling their own stories in their own words. As you will see if you read more than one or two of them, everyone's story is different and they have reached their success from a variety of starting points and lost weight at varying rates. Individual results may vary.