Eating My Way Home

diveRecently I’ve had a reminder that eating 700 calories, then crashing with hunger and fatigue and eating fast food on the way home from a night shift is NOT the way to health. Particularly when I go and beat myself up with guilt and jump on the 700 calorie or VLC (Very Low Calorie) treadmill again. Instead, I’ve eaten 1500 calories a day under orders from an Irish Army sniper – and I’ve lost a stone in the first week.

Thanks to those of you who have recently pointed out that I’m in trouble with my weight again. Thanks also to those who haven’t. Yes, I’m back on a mission and I just can’t believe that there’s 20 stone of me back in the mirror. But realising that, and kicking denial into touch is the first step to getting some control back.

There are lots of reasons and lots of excuses for the weight gain which started slowly in 2015, then escalated in 2016 despite my completing TEN TRIATHLONS in one year!  This year the weight-gain flippin’ well hit Grand Prix levels, piling on 4 stone since Christmas! I could probably write a book about it (oh hang on, I did that before…!!!) but in essence, I think I basically lost the balance in my life between work and play, and everything else took a hit.  I can’t believe I’m having to remind myself this but YOU’VE GOT TO ENJOY LIFE.

There are a thousand conversations we can have about stress, sadness, illness and depression – and no, I’m not pretending to be an expert for one second on any of those topics, and no I’m not depressed, although I am sometimes sad. The thing is, we need to REMIND ourselves to be happy. At least I do.  I have so much to be thankful for and happy about, but sometimes I get far too wrapped up in the race of daily living.  I can actually forget to appreciate the joy of living. No wonder they call it the human race – it’s so often to race to death, without ever pausing to enjoy the present.

Anyway back to my sniper!  Peter O’Halloran is a 6″3 serving soldier with the Irish Defence Forces and a Sniper Instructor to boot…. (or should that be bootcamp?). He’s a qualified trainer and nutritional coach who runs a company called PPT Fitness and recently he’s made quite a stir on social media after losing his temper at ‘stupid’ diets – or words to that effect. He’s picking up quite an impressive following in just a few months with over 3000 Snapchat followers, 18k on Twitter and 10K on Instagram – and those numbers are growing daily.  He’s picked up a reputation with hilarious comedy videos ranging from subjects like crash dieting, gym selfies, training pants (you’ve got to see to understand) and general annoyance that drive people nuts with the fitness industry. However at the heart of that following are some pretty stunning results in terms of weight loss and health, with one client completely reversing her diabetes status. Peter PPT fitness

I came across Peter, because he’s my good friend Maureen O’Halloran’s ‘little’ boy. (snort). Guffaw, sorry Peter, you may be 6″3 but you’re still Maureen’s little boy to me! Maureen was worried about my weight gain and asked (flippin’ nagged) me to get in touch with Peter for some nutritional advice.  I ignored her because the time wasn’t right, and then somehow it was. So I texted Peter and gave him details about my lifestyle and physical condition etc… and back popped a diet sheet. With 1500 calories worth of food on it. I nearly fainted down dead with the shock. Like…Potatoes? Butter?? BREAD???

Anyhow, after jumping onto the diet, my immediate first impression was that I can’t possibly eat all this much food. It’s amazing how much my mind had drifted over the last 12 months, into that unhealthy place of starvation and bingeing. I don’t mean sitting in a room with a fridge and eating a container load. I mean bingeing as in going to work on empty, drinking coffee all day, and then eating a take-away, followed by a sandwich an hour later, and half a packet of biscuits an hour after that.  That’s the place I had gone to, and now, mentally, I found it was really difficult to sit down to a proper meal three times a day, with things like potatoes and gravy and bread and butter.  Somehow it had become ok for me to eat a takeaway followed by a sandwich at 2am in the morning – and yet here I was struggling with the notion of having two slices of buttered toast with eggs at breakfast.

However I decided to trust the plan and two weeks in I have now seen my second weight loss. In week one, I lost half a stone and in week 2 I’ve lost 3lb – and that’s with an early weigh in, because I’m heading off for the weekend. It’s also without exercise, because apart from swimming, I’ve not done any cross-fit, running or cycling for months because I allowed myself to get too busy with work. That’s the next change.  David Dunne my ever patient, gym guru and CrossFit trainer, I’m sorry I’ve been AWOL but I’m coming home.

I’m still struggling with the idea of eating my way thin, but that’s precisely how I described life the last time I had to get to grips with my weight – when I lost 10 stone in one year. It’s about being organised, being accountable and being full! I’m excited now to begin week 3 and I’m looking forward to getting back out on the bike.

I’m really beginning to feel rather like a #WeightlossWarrior.

I’ll let you know how I get on.

TeenaG

**In the meantime, you can check out Peter on Facebook and on his website:

www.pptfitnessandnutrition.com

www.facebook.com/pptireland

 


14 Responses to Eating My Way Home

  • Celia Lynch says:

    Dear Teena, it’s Celia here. Gosh you are some brave woman to be so open about your weight gain. I suspect the rest of us would try loose it & then tell the story. You are amazing. I’m glad you’ve found Maura’s little boy to set you on the right path again. I suspect you will enjoy his diet because it’s not a diet. It’s sensible eating. You will enjoy not starving yourself & then being tempted to eat so late at night.

    What about exercise? In truth I don’t know how you were keeping up that frenetic level of exercise. Little boy must do a lot of time in the gym but then it’s his job as well I guess. I’m interested to hear what he says about exercise.
    Very good luck with the new eating plan- not a diet. I’m sure you will feel happier on it. I’m slowly but surely piling it on. White wine. I know the culprit. I’ve gotta stop it.
    Bless you for being so honest but sorry you are going through it again. It seems a constant battle but maybe it’s going to be everything in moderation now. I look forward to the next instalment. Big hug & take care. XX

  • Viv Atkinson says:

    Wishing you all the best Teena. Give me a shout next time you are down Ballyfarnon way xxx Viv

  • Maureen O Halloran says:

    Weighlosswarrior 😝 so I’ll be putting u in the diary for the makeover xx

  • Teena
    Teena says:

    Thanks lovely lady. Shur there’s no point being anything other than honest, I’d only be kidding myself! Thanks for the support xxxx

  • Teena
    Teena says:

    You can schedule me in for the makeover alright. Your ‘little boy’ is putting me on the right track 😁

  • Victoria Powell says:

    I find this really inspiring Teena thanks for sharing with us. I can relate to this in many ways. Weight gain can be about so many other issues that sometimes people don’t talk about. Also taking the first step (first weigh in etc ) is sometimes the hardest but there is like a feeling of relief once one takes control like you said. Xx

  • Linda ,Cork says:

    Thanks Tina for sharing needed to read this as fighting a losing battle at the moment ;I’ve contacted Peter about his food plans on hopefully this is the start of good things .

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