Gregg's Blog: Embracing a Healthier You. Transforming Body and Mind

A new life

What we're discussing here isn't just about losing weight. It's about giving yourself a whole new life. Believe me, it's a massive transformation; my life is completely different from when I was over four stone heavier. With a new body, because that's what it will be, a brand-new body, comes a completely different outlook on life. I can’t begin to explain the energy and the confidence it brings.


The problem is, once you’ve lost weight and found the new you, it's hard to remember what being much heavier was like. You quickly forget how unhappy you were, embarrassed about your size and having to cover yourself over. This is life-changing. Losing weight, getting a new you, could be the most positive thing you've ever done. It gives such an amazing message to other people: you are fit, you are slim, you look after yourself.

We're talking about changing your life. 


How good was that previous life compared to this one? Not good at all. Are fish n chips, slices of pizza, bars of chocolate, getting drunk regularly really that brilliant? They may offer instant gratification, but the cost is immense, and the guilt is hard to deal with. We know what's hurting us, what's making us unhealthy and bigger. Is going without a Mars bar, a sticky cake, too tough a price to pay for a slimmer, fitter, happier, confident you? Give up the takeaways, stop the snacking, reduce the boozing. Give yourself a new life. Be the person you deserve to be.


Finding a new you

I was overweight, and if you're reading this, I’m guessing you'd like to lose weight too. Let’s work like television detectives and look for the clues. What have we been doing that made us unhappy with our looks? Once we’ve figured it out, we must stop doing those things. There's no magic trick, no pill, no injection that allows us to continue our old lifestyle and lose weight.


We have to wave goodbye to the old you, embrace the new you. We need to re-educate ourselves into new habits. Motivation gives us a good start; good habits keep us going. I used to drink nearly every day, snack on chocolates and crisps, regularly phone for takeaways. These were only habits. I found alternatives, strategies for dealing with the want for bad food. You just have to unlearn the old you, the overweight you, and relearn the new you, the slim, confident you.


Believe in yourself and your future self

Getting overweight was easy, wasn't it? It crept up on me. I didn’t want to change my habits, which I thought were my treats. It wasn't difficult to make the change. I soon found healthier food more appealing than unhealthy food. I had to change those habits, start making healthier choices. Those choices became my new habits, replacing the bad ones.


Why settle for a fat life when there's a better life to be had, a slim life where you feel comfortable in your clothes, confident? That life is there for you. If I did it, working in a world of food, you can too. Just know that a slim life is possible, then be prepared to push for it.


Just imagine

Imagine yourself slim, right now. What shape are you, what size? Now imagine yourself in the perfect scenario where you're proud of your body, your shape, and you're striding with confidence. For me, it was looking good on holiday. If you can dream it, if you can imagine it, you can achieve it. This perfect image of you is more than achievable. You can do this; you need to do this for yourself. Why put up with being overweight? Now is always a good place to start.



Q: Is losing weight just about physical transformation? A: No, it's not just about physical transformation. It's about giving yourself a new life, with a completely different outlook, energy, and confidence.

Q: Can habits really change one's lifestyle and weight? A: Absolutely. Unlearning old habits and re-educating yourself into new, healthier habits is essential. Motivation gets you started, but good habits keep you going.

Q: How important is it to believe in the possibility of a healthier life? A: It's crucial. Believing that a slim, healthy life is possible is the first step. Then, you must be prepared to push for it and organize your life to achieve it.

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Author: Gregg Wallace