How my Weight loss Journey began

Eat less, get your arse in gear and just do it

26 Stone 7 lbs is what I weighed, when I was at my heaviest in 2012. To put into comparison I would have weighed the same as a baby polar bear, or two people and a toddler. Imagine that.

I can remember for three years, having the most miserable years of my life. As I look at my photos I’ve taken in the last 15 years, you can see there is a very noticeable gap of nothing representing that time. I remember the constant back aches, from my body carrying so much weight. I couldn’t believe how out of breathe I got, especially after a short distance where I would require an hour rest.

When I started this blog I wanted to document the journey I was going to take in 2017. I wanted to share things I’ve learnt, my thoughts going on this epic journey. To anyone now sitting where I was in 2012, I’d say no it’s not been the most smoothest journey so far. What worked for me won’t necessarily work for you, but I hope will point you in the right direction. But this is where it all started to go in the right direction for me.

The Snap?

I sat there for 5 years planning to lose weight. I brought food diaries, exercise DVD, I mean  the ministry of sound DVD range, where you work out with the cast of the Call On Me video. It was always a Monday, Monday was gonna save me. Saturday and Sundays I would always treat myself to my last EVER KFC!, Chinese or Pizza Hut! In my mind Monday was coming and it was gonna save me. BULLSHIT, did that ever happen. If you tally up how many last meals there was, probably a lot of the damage was done there.

There will be a moment when you just can’t take anymore! When I listen to a lot of people who sit there and give every excuse under the sun, why they cant lose weight. I heard  everything from fad diets, not enough time, always hungry and even medical reasons. I don’t want  to sound too much like Katie Hopkins, but being that person that gave those excuses, I knew I was lying. Later I would console myself with a family size portion of pasta, and pretend I didn’t say the bullshit.

But it simply is eat less and take more exercise. So even today if I hear these excuses its bullshit! But I do believe these people haven’t had their snap.

So the snap, a single moment that makes you so angry you get off your arse and do something about it. Mine was a dear old dear friend’s hen do. I remember the day clearly, I felt so shit about myself I didn’t have anything nice to wear, let alone the confidence to meet so many new people. Instead I made an excuse, and came allot later towards the end of the day. Once there I got so drunk, I didn’t care what happened and sort of enjoyed myself. But the photos after were hard to look at. And this was my snap. No more I’m gonna do something about this.

My Snap


What to do??

Now when I started I was very lost. I was not sure where, what or how I was going to do this. I didn’t really want to talk about it with my friends, because quite frankly I was embarrassed. So I begun with food, slowly cutting down portion size, I stopped eating after 8pm. I especially worked hard on taking packed lunches to work, and walking a lot more than I was. Now in Portsmouth the local taxi company made a fortune out of me calling them to go a few streets away.

I found an offer sent to my work email from the local PureGym opening in Portsmouth, reduced rate for staff members, and I thought why not. At this point I had already lost about 2 stone, so I knew I was going in the right direction. I knew my knowledge was lacking, and I needed more help. On my first visit I was so nervous , I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of all the “toned pretty people”. How stupid does that sound?? But that’s what was going through my head. I was lacking in confidence that much, I purposely went with a girl slightly bigger than me so I would have looked better. How awful is that? I still feel shit about that even today. But strangely after a few sessions I out grew her, and I got on with it. The gym increased my weight loss and my confidence grew massively.


Your friends are always going to be there for you, but you need people you can speak to just about weight loss. Once I started at PureGym, I met my saviour a great PT called Sam Porter. When I approached him I was trying to help my friend,  she didn’t want to approach anyone so I did it for her. Surprisingly after a short chat with him, out of no where he actually persuaded me to sign up to sessions. Thank god I did, because everything changed from there.

I know a lot of people cant afford to pay a trainer, but Sam was worth every penny. Don’t get me wrong he was very good-looking which helped allot, but after a few sessions I got over that and listened to his advice. He worked me like a bitch! There were a few times I felt so sick, I had tears in my eyes streaming down my face. He taught me cardio circuits and would cripple me, long tough leg sessions I can still feel years later. Looking back the one thing I will always be thankful to Sam was him educating me on food. Especially how to plan my meals,  what not to eat, and when not to eat foods. He taught when to have most of my carbohydrates, and the importance of bringing protein into my diet. Since this day I still practice this advice, and I am forever grateful. If you’re in Portsmouth and need help, please look up Sam Porter who now is the manager at the PureGym there. You wont regret it.

I also want to thank my friend Sally who was my gym bitch, she helped me change She gym into a social occasion and moving forward.

Now there is allot more to this storym which I will come go into as time goes. I’m 10 stone plus lighter and I feel great for it. But I hope for any reading this that wants to change these steps helped me start my journey.

I hope it starts yours,


Darren Goodwin

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