Jack, a 34-year-old bank employee, is successfully managing to control his body weight at 34. He was struck with weight problems going into his 30’s, but found the way to deal with this issue. Read his full story and get inspired by his success:
Some people are massive sports fans; I have had friends throughout the years who play football all through the winter, cricket in the summer and like to swim regularly in between. This was particularly noticeable at university where you hardly see some people because they were playing some sport somewhere. Sadly, I was never one of those people – the closest I ever got to football was watching Manchester United on the TV with a beer in one hand and a packet of crisps in the other! This was a habit I picked up at university and, quite frankly, sport never appealed to me – it always sounded like too much effort – and in any case it cut into my relaxation and socialising time. I therefore was uninterested in my 20s when people were asking me to join various teams; I just didn’t have the desire!
When I settled into my first job in a bank I was one of those working on the floor – constantly moving about helping people to sort out their finances and giving them advice on mortgages and things like that. Because of my finance-based degree I was able to rise through the ranks within about 7 years and by the time I was 30 I was working in the offices upstairs. This is where the trouble started – without the constant movement that I was having downstairs I was devoid of all exercise and the pounds began piling on. It was only about 3 years later when I realised that I had gained 3 stone and was now overweight that I decided that something had to be done about it. I tried various diets but I just couldn’t stick to them; everything just tastes so good! It was only when I was at my lowest ebb that I finally succumbed to my friends’ will and joined them at the swimming pool.
It was nothing intensive; just a few lengths a few days every week but it suited me perfectly. I was able to take it at my own pace and do as many lengths as I wanted. I did try and get into the spirit of it though and set myself targets and the weight began to fall off me! I even went on a few evening jogs with a couple of mates in the summer and what’s more, I loved it! I managed to get down to my target weight within the year and I don’t intend on putting more on! I will stick to my body weight control routine. Good luck to all of you that are trying the same! Never give up!