"Right now I have to warn you that you are too fat and I am concerned," I explained to my sister. It was the line that made her sit up and listen, and go on to lose six stone. I recall the time I would see my sister struggle because she was carrying too much fat.
We all know that adding exercise to your lifestyle is one of the biggest steps you can take in improving your health. And one of the simplest (not to mention cheapest) forms of exercise is to go running or walking.
On Saturday I took part in my first 'parkrun'. This is a weekly 5k run organised by volunteers and held in 305 park locations across the UK (and 561 in the world). Once registered free of charge, runners receive a barcode that allows them to receive their result after each run, which can be in any participating park.
Overall I think that we, the fitness community, do some hugely positive things, inspiring people to make changes, which can sometimes be genuinely life changing. However, I am also aware that in our haste and enthusiasm to promote our fitness ideals, we are also in part to blame for the veil of confusion that has descended upon it all, which brings with it more questions than answers.
The first class will always be hard and you will feel slightly at a disadvantage but not knowing the lay of the land. I remember a couple of years ago trying a step aerobics class, (now back then I didn't have the professional like rhythm I have now......)
There's who you really are, in the flesh and face-to-face and there's the mask you wear online, how you filter what you do for broadcast on social media to friends and family, and how you behave in the digital arena.
The New Year often signals the start of fitness campaigns for many people, but in some respects it's the hardest time of year to do so being in the midst of winter with shorter days and poor weather. It does however present the opportunity for a big psychological win if you can conquer these challenging factors and jump on the fitness wagon towards your chosen goal. ..
Mindful eating is based on the ancient Buddhist practise of mindfulness, which provides a simple way to tune into your brain, and take control of your behaviours. In the context of eating well, it means being present, free from distractions, and fully aware of what your body is telling you.
Despite desperately wanting to don a towelling robe and order room service I had dutifully dragged my lycra-clad self away from the super king sized beds into the lounge area and got into 'eye of the tiger' mode ready to sweat.
Setting short term goals is very important; these help you to get closer to the long term goals you want to achieve down the line- as we know we cannot run before we walk. I think one of the major problems with us is that we want everything yesterday.
It's here again: Blue Monday - the start of the third week in January is allegedly the most depressing day of the year. There's no actual scientific evidence to back this up but it's the kind of theory that feels true whether there's any real science behind it or not.
Juicing had changed my life, taking me from an obese man who was digging an early grave with his fork to feeling young and vibrant again. I had a second chance at life and I wanted to embrace it.
Why do you tell yourself that some eating doesn't count? Is it because you tell yourself you shouldn't be eating that, or you should feel guilty for eating it and so you convince yourself you are not really eating it?
I'm also punishing myself each morning by doing 50 naked squats in a full-length mirror so I can witness the full horror of enjoying Milk Tray for breakfast, Ferrero Rocher for lunch and Christmas cake for dinner in HD.
Almost as soon as the clock struck midnight on my 40th birthday, I became invisible to the general public. I'm not saying I used to attract lots of attention, but I really think I could walk the streets naked in broad daylight without causing a stir.
So you made a New Years Resolution. You plucked up the courage to take out a gym membership. Everyday right? Everyday until this god awful fat is burned from your bones. Right? Nonsense.