Day 0.5 – Lessons on starting a fitness blog when sickness surrounds you!

Lesson 1: When deciding to launch a fitness blog, make sure your better half is not dying of some bizarre flu bug before promising yourself you’re going to spend Monday running, filming and writing!

So I’m ill.  Yesterday I wrote my Day Zero blog post outlining the plan of the site/blog/videos etc and why I want to do this.

Today, I woke up with a head full of screaming wolves and a nose full of, well, whatever noses are full of (dreams I think). Suffice to say this has scuppered my plans somewhat. Or maybe it’s just one of those signs telling me that if I was healthier, I might have been able to fight this thing off.

Lesson 2: When your better half is so ill that they just want to eat some bad takeaway, be strong and refuse, it won’t help your first weigh in and first run!

Yeah, we had Burgers and Pizza last night. Like a tonne of junk food. This is bad. Real bad. I know I should have been strong and pulled the “but my blog” card, but no, I wanted those sweet sweet cheesy chips!! Again, I’m hoping in a few months time I can look back at these moments of weakness and laugh at myself, possibly with my hands on my hips in a superhero kind of way. Anyway, I’m not looking forward to my first spate of exercise as these foods are gonna weigh heavy for days. Gross. Don’t do it. Don’t have those apps on your phone. Delete them now and just walk to the shop for something good.

Lesson 3: Herbal tea is awesome and is your friend! Coffee when ill. Bad.

Lastly, when your feeling rough and down. Herbal tea is your answer. Peppermint tea is the nicest thing you could have, clearing those airways and your insides too. It’s great, it’s cheap, and if there are any calories in it, you’ll never notice them! Don’t have a coffee though. I had one this morning and it sent me mad, and there is really nothing worse than being hyper-aware of how bad you feel.

The plan is till on though. I’m not letting this thing stop me in my tracks, as that would be pretty pathetic, and pointless. Tuesday has to be Day 1, gonna head out for a run for half an hour hopefully, and I’m going to throw up my first video diary (If I can get over staring and talking to myself in a webcam for a few minutes). Also, I’ll start my food diary with what I’m munching throughout the week and, what I’m not looking forward to, the week 1 weigh-in. Urgh.

At the least, I hope, It’s a weight I won’t have to be again.

Anyway, this is Day 0.5. I’m ill. It Sucks.

Bring on Day 1.

Thanks for reading,


Day 0 – So I guess this is the start of my Journey

Hi. I’m Andrew. I’m 33 and for years I’ve struggled with my weight.

This new year, I, along with possibly the rest of the world decided to do something about it. After much deliberation, I thought it would be helpful to start a site so I can keep track of my progress, and help others along the way.

I’m currently just under 17 stone in weight (238 lbs or 108kg) and would love to lose 3 stone or more. I just want to look healthy, and right now, just to fit in some smaller pants! Peter Andre abs are a pipe dream (and also pretty cool ridiculous).

I’m not doing any crazy diets or bonkers exercises regimes. I’m purely going to eat well and exercise regularly, by swimming, running and possibly cycling (My bike is super unsafe right now, the breaks are like using dusters to stop the wheels). Once on track, and my fitness increases, I plan to sign up for a 10k.

So I’m officially declaring today Day 0 for my weight-loss journey and the start of Fighting Fatness. I’ll be updating every few days with blog posts and video diaries of my progress, things I find that help and things I find that are just the WORST!!! Weekly weigh-ins and food diaries will appear on the site along with any interesting recipes I find. Also my exercise plan and distances etc will be recorded here too.

I want to prove to my myself that I can lose the weight naturally and show others that you don’t have to do anything crazy to get fit.

If you have any comments or suggestion please do let me know, and yeah, I hope this helps you in some way.