How I'm going to get Dad Fit in 2018

I'm not one for new years resolutions but one thing that I always struggle with is being healthy and staying in shape. Last year I lost around two stone on the slimming world diet, I was very proud of myself and I looked the best I had for a long time. Fast forward about three months after that and I had put that weight back on. I am now probably the heaviest I have ever been at around 17 stone.

How am I going to get "Dad Fit" in 2018?

I've got to get fitter, I get out of breath now a lot quicker than I used to. When I bend down to tie my shoes my stomach hurts because nearly all the weight I put on goes to this area. Something has to change.

  • I need to get back to gym at least three times a week
  • My diet seriously needs to change
  • I need to drink more water
These are three of the main things that to lose weight and stay healthy everyone needs to do! 

I am also going to join in with the Push up challenge 2018 set by Tony at Getting Dad Fit

No pain no gain. Shut up and train!

I have been a member of Nuffield gym for around 6 years now, not that you can tell by looking at me. I love going to the gym but having two young children has made it more difficult to go on a regular basis, or maybe this is just an excuse as I have not been as motivated as before. 

I need to have a browse online and pick out a couple of workouts that I can do at the gym that I won't be bored by after a few weeks. This is a simple enough task and I will take a small notebook with me into to the gym to write my exercises, weights, reps and sets in so that I can see any improvements I am making.

One thing that will make my gym sessions and healthy side better is eating something immediately after my workout. This is something that is quite hard for me as after I leave the gym it generally takes me around 40 minutes to get home and then I will have my tea. By this time over an hour has passed which isn't ideal for restoring some of that energy I have lost during a workout.

I was recently sent some 40% protein bars from Multipower to try out. These are ideal for after workouts!

I'm not generally a fan of protein bars as I think they leave a powdery taste in your mouth for a while afterwards. This wasn't the case with these bars. I was sent peach yoghurt, chocolate almond and blueberry flavours. I don't like blueberries but this bar was easily my favourite. These are an essential in my gym bag now to give me that protein boost after a workout. 

Fitness is my motto. Fitness pizza in my mouth that is.

I love pizza. I love chocolate. I love everything that isn't healthy for me. Hence why I am rather round currently. My diet needs to change, I know this. My wife has recently turned vegan and as such, I am eating slightly better even though I am not vegan. My main weakness is chocolate. If I can cut out the snacking I know I will lose some weight without doing much else.

The main thing I need to do here is make a meal plan. Then I have to stick to it. I'll do some research on what foods I can eat as snacks that are healthy. I need to keep myself full throughout the day so that I don't snack on things like chocolate. I have done it before so I know I can do it. I just have to stick to it!

Every day I'm Guzzlin'

Water, water and more water. I know it helps your hair, skin and your whole body. I need to aim for 2 litres a day minimum. This is hard when you have a job where you cant carry water with you throughout the day. I will aim to keep a bottle of water near my desk so as I pass by it I can take a sip and hopefully by the end of my shift I will have drank it all. 

How will I do all of this?


It's as simple as that. I need to have the willpower. I want to lose weight, I want to eat healthier. I am going to set myself a few goals. My actual weight isn't that important to me as long as I feel good but I feel as though I need something that I can track on a monthly basis to see that what I am doing is working. 

Are you planning on getting fitter this year? Feel free to share your plans with me!

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  1. Oh man, I totally relate to that "stomach hurting when tying shoes" thing. That was one of the big signals I needed to change things. I'm also doing a big lifestyle change this year to try to lose weight -- I've been posting about my plan on my blog. I'm using a bullet journal this year to try to keep myself on track, so hopefully that'll help too. Good luck!

    1. A bullet journal sounds like a good idea! Good luck with yours too! Thanks for reading 😁

  2. Good luck with your healthy lifestyle changes, I think you have to get your mind in the right "zone" too. #mondaystumble

  3. Good luck with getting fit! It's hard work, but the more you get into the easier it gets. Just have to show up and keep going!

  4. I hope 2018 works out for you in the way you want. You sound like you have a definitive plan and the knowledge that you lost weight previously must be a good encouragement.
    Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging I hope you come back next week


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