How I gained 21 lbs by Christmas

Article by Carl Derving | Founder & CEO of Jacqd

This is a blog post I was hoping I would never have to write, unless I was bodybuilding, but sadly I'm not.

I could have chosen to not write this post and ignore what is happening right now and get back to that 203 lbs mark I achieved in October, but then I remembered that this isn't a 'fake it until you make it' Instagram page, it's real life, which is the very foundation I'm building this brand on. 

So what has happened since my wedding day? Has my wife left me and now I eat ice cream in front of the TV all day, watching depressing movies?

No. I just massively took my eye off the ball. Everybody is guilty of this at some point in some way, shape or form, but in this instance, it was me.

How did this happen you are wondering? I was aiming to lose 28 lbs by Christmas, not gain 20 lbs. I'm now 48 lbs off my target, which is like starting the journey all over again almost, as my first goal was 53 lbs.

I strongly believed that if I was to weigh myself each day and I saw my weight creeping up, then I would do something about it and not let it get out of control, but that theory went out of the window as 2 lbs is now 20 lbs.

So lets look at what happened, as this is relatable to a lot of people.

It's the day before my wedding and I've hit my 203 lbs target. It's now the night before the big day and what is for dinner? Fish and Chips at a restaurant with a couple of pints. I get back to the hotel and what's in the room? A bucket of complimentary beers.

It's the day of the wedding and it's an all you can eat breakfast at the hotel, that I took full advantage of. After the wedding there was no reception due COVID-19, so it was a drive thru McDonalds for lunch. 

It is now the night of the wedding and neither of us can be bothered to cook, so it is a take away meal with a few bottles of wine.

We own an online sweet shop that we run from home, so the next day is a lazy Sunday and we watch some movies with the children and have a giant selection of over 150 sweets to choose from for the movies.

It's now Monday morning and weigh-in day. 203 lbs on Friday is now 213 lbs. WTF? 10 lbs in 3 days?

This is a little bit misleading as those 10 lbs are not all fat. It will mostly be made up of both water weight from my increase in salt intake and it will also be made up of solid waste, both which you will lose over the next few days and I did to some degree.

By mid week, I was stabilised at around 207 lbs but then the worst thing happened. I took a temporary job for 3 months while we were waiting for a new website to be built, so we could expand our confectionery company. 

As we had massively scaled back our business to allow for expansion, I had a lot of free time while the website was being built and so I decided to take a temporary contract and earn some money rather than twiddling my thumbs for 3 months. 

By doing this, I was no longer able to go to the gym during the day as I was committing 50 hours a week to somebody else's business and by the time I arrived home on a night and put the children to bed, I didn't feel like going to the gym. I haven't been since the middle of October.

Even on the weekends, my time is fully taken up now that I have committed my week days to a contract and so I don't have time on a weekend either, as I need to spend time with my family and also manage my own businesses.

I'm not beaten though. I plan to keep my weight below 224 lbs over Christmas and then start another journey to get to my 175 lbs target.

I don't know what the time frame will be for this in 2021, but I will be plotting it out again like last time and giving a weekly update on my progress.

What you can take from this post is that sometimes things can get in the way of your goals and it's OK. Fitness is not a train that has to be boarded by a certain time or it leaves the station without you. It is a lifelong commitment and a lifestyle. You will have ups and downs but what is most important is that when you get knocked down, you get back up again and keep moving forward. 

A small amount of progress like losing 1 lb per week, is still progress. In 52 weeks time, that is 52 lbs. It all adds up. What makes goals achievable is setting realistic targets that you can measure over a given period of time.

To be continued...


Article by Carl Derving | Founder & CEO of Jacqd

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