I’m No Expert But I Do Have A Little Bit Of A Clue….

Since starting my entire journey of weight loss via Bariatric Surgery I have learnt a good deal of knowledge on the subject. I am in no way an expert and do not have all of the answers but I believe I have more of a clue than the average Joe Public when it comes to understanding the personal side of this surgery.

I have been fortunate enough to give my opinion on Radio and Television but more importantly, I have been very fortunate to be asked what my thoughts are on the subject by fellow Bariatric patients who might need a helping hand in their decision making or lifestyle choices leading up to or post surgery.

I am also very lucky to have quite a few of you guys read this nonsense everyday and give me your feedback and support so all in all, I feel very lucky to be on this journey because it is making me the better man I am today.

To be honest, I have to admit to a certain amount of surprise at what I have achieved because although an experienced and successful salesman who basically talked for a living, I was never one to sit and talk about myself so readily. I am positive I have never in my life had a case of the “I’s”, always being reticent to blow my own trumpet so to speak and nearly always feeling more comfortable listening to what others say before offering a related opinion and not being a blowhard like some others I have known.

However, a new request was made of me the other day when I was contacted by a lady by the name of Yvonne Foss, who has written a book titled “The Origin Of Overweight”. Now this book has not yet been released and doesn’t actually start for sale until November this year so please do not look for it in the shops just yet.

Yvonne has asked me to read it, give her some feedback and consider whether her theories make sense of any of my experiences. Endorsing it’s contents or not depends on how I feel about the subject matter so it looks like I am going to have to read a real book for once :-/ The content of the book is based on research she herself did as a Scientist in London in which she investigated the link between vitamin D and overweight.

It is described as “The book that brings insight and sunlight to the subject of overweight and obesity offering hope for an end to the blame, shame and diet obsessions of the great epidemic of the global age”

So leave it with me for a month or so (it’s quite a read for my simple brain) and I will report back as soon as I have formulated my thoughts on what looks to be an exciting breakthrough in the field of obesity.

FOOD DIARY: Wednesday June 10th 2015 

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1 Medium Lean Sausage  111  10  4  8
 2 Small Rasher Lean Smoked Bacon  140  16  0  10
Total (gr)
Lunch  1/4  Slice Homemade Pizza  213  17.5  11  10.25
 1 Mini Muffin  Egg, Cottage Cheese and Ham Muffin  65 9  2  2
Total (gr)
Dinner  1  200gms  Keema Palak  185  28  5.5  4
Total (gr)
Snacks  2  600mls  Tea  56  0  16  0
 1/2  Bar  Almond Coconut Bar  197  4.3  2.5  18.72
 1  400mls  Latte  115 7.5  10.5  4.6
Total (gr)  1082  92.3  51.5  57.57
Water 4  500mls  Mineral Water  0  0  0  0

Yesterday once again was a trip back to the norm with walking at a pace and attendance at the gym both being mandatory after my enforced rest periods.

Again being back to a better level of mobility I once more managed the 15 minutes on the exercise bike and the 5 minutes on the stepping machine, but I also added 6 minutes on a cross trainer before I got back onto the weights with the below CHANGED session.

  1. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Abductor machine
  2. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Adductor machine
  3. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 20 Reps 25kg Cable Row
  6. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Chest Press
  7. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Pec Deck
  8. 3 x 20 Reps 20kg Tricep Pull Down
  9. 2 x 25 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  10. 1 x 30 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  11. 3 x 20 Standing Oblique Bar Twists.

The eagle eyes among you will notice that again I have not only extended the reps on the Chest Press and Pec Deck but also on the Adductor, Abductor, Lower Back and Ab Crunch machines once again lowering the weights to compensate. I have also increased the reps on the Bicep Curls and lowered the weight.

With this new weight training style I shall see how it benefits or impacts over the next month and will not change it again until then.

After a meeting with my friend who owns the gym I go to, we have looked at what I want to achieve from my training and feel that if I walk everyday with the dog (varying distances, no shorter than 3kms but sometimes as long as 10kms or even longer as I build up my walking stamina) and attend the gym on a two days on one day off rotation, it will allow me the rest I need but still afford me the results I want. In order to change the attendance time all I have had to do is add six minutes of cross trainer cardio into the gym session and I am covered.

As for yesterday’s walk, well once again Humphrey the little pup came along and kept us all company whilst stealing all the ooh’s and the ahh’s usually set aside for me 😦 We walked one of my usual routes and at one point even allowed him on the floor to play with the two big dogs. He was absolutely worn out at the end of it and struggling to keep his eyes open. I sometimes honestly know how he feels!

All if the activity and running around gave this day a Jawbone reading of:


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed todays post, but please let me know if there is anything you would like to see more of (and don’t say cakes!) or anything you would like me to cover.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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