It's hard to look in the mirror and not recognise the man you've become (on the outside at least).
A combination of a sedentary lifestyle and not being the active guy I was previously, meant that the guy on the right in the pictures below was the guy I'd become, weighing in at a very unhealthy 16.5st (105kg or 231lb). That was 2013. I'd always been active, but after a period of sustained inactivity I'd ballooned and could no longer fit into clothes that I loved and I was all of a sudden wearing 38" waist jeans or trousers, putting on socks was also becoming an issue. A change in my perspective 'on life' was bought about by the loss of my brother and the birth of my son. I wanted to sort myself out and become the man once again, my brother would have recognised and be a father my son could always have fun with as he grows up, the father he deserves.
The journey started in 2011 not long after we lost Lloydy and stuttered for a while after Charlie was born in 2012. It was early in 2013 that the penny dropped completely, that I really needed to focus on goals and targets, just going to the gym or just going for a run wasn't cutting it. I needed to think bigger and plan a journey to get me there.
I’ve chipped away, no fads, no fancy diets just hard work and making better choices. To be the best version of me, I had to be prepared to give everything I could. I had to work when it would have been easier to not! But what I've found in all of this, is that not only has my health, fitness and physique improved, so has my mental state. Without running, or having challenges to focus on, I would have struggled massively, that focus has enabled me to improve myself in so many ways in a healthy and positive way.
That journey is obviously still ongoing, it doesn't stop, but I would like to think, that if I've managed to get myself this far you can too and in reality I’m still a way off where I want to be. However, I know I have the mindset to get me there. Mindset is key, the mind is king, so is patience, time is your friend, not your enemy, use it wisely.
Set goals smash them! Dream big, but start small, start with what you have, because what you have is plenty!
Paras'10 Catterick - 2hrs 7mins
Paras'10 Colchester - 1hr 58mins
Paras'10 Aldershot - 2hrs 13mins
Paras'10 Colchester - 2hrs 22mins
The Fan Dance SUMMER - 6hrs 47mins
The Fan Dance WINTER - 5hrs 23mins
Virgin Money London Marathon - 4hrs 1min
Paras'10 Colchester - 2hrs
The Fan Dance SUMMER - 6hrs 8mins
Point to Point TWM - 12hrs
The Fan Dance WINTER - 4hrs 37mins
Virgin Money London Marathon - 3hrs 41mins
The Fan Dance SUMMER - 4hrs 24mins
Ricochet TWM - 9hrs 29mins
Paras'10 Colchester - 1hr 45mins
The Fan Dance WINTER (Back to Back) 4hrs 1min (Sat) & 5hrs 30min (Sun)
Cobbler Classic 75mi Sportive - 4hrs 47mins
Greater Manchester Marathon - 3hrs 36mins
Milton Keynes Marathon - 3hrs 40mins
Paras'10 Colchester - 1hr 40mins
Cateran Yomp (GOLD) - 18hrs 56mins
The Fan Dance SUMMER (Black Edition) - 3:48 (Sat am) & 5hrs 1min (Sat pm)
BMW Berlin Marathon - 3hrs 46mins
The Fan Dance WINTER (Trident) - 3hrs 46mins (Sat am), 4hrs 8mins (Sat pm) & 4hrs 48mins (Sun)
Chester Ultra (52miles) - 9hrs 32mins
Greater Manchester Marathon - 3hrs 20mins
Schneider Electric Paris Marathon 3hrs 27mins
Virgin Money London Marathon - 3hrs 23mins
Milton Keynes Marathon - 3hrs 26mins
The 100 Peaks Challenge - 23.05 to 16.06.17
The Fan Dance WINTER (Woodhouse) - 7hrs 58mins
Chester Ultra (52miles) - 10hrs 38mins
The Boston Marathon - 3hrs 37mins
Milton Keynes Marathon - 4hrs 13mins