Kev, 45, seized the moment to take inches off his waistline and make him feel like he can achieve anything
When I saw Jon’s “before” picture, with his little spare tyre, it really resonated. I thought, that’s me. And then I thought, for eight weeks, is it going to kill me to try to change my life? I also thought, if I do this, I’m going to take myself out of my comfort zone and do it to the best of my ability. Overall I thought, what have I got to lose?
I’ve been going to the gym for years and pretty much doing the same sessions. I’ve got a bit of muscle but it’s underneath a layer of fat. So I wanted to lose a bit of fat around my stomach and get a bit of definition – but in the end the results were beyond my wildest dreams.
I’ve never followed a proper programme before. It was life-changing for me in terms of diet, just being aware of the crap that I was eating before. But I think the best thing was its simplicity. I learned not to do ten reps as fast as I can, but slow it down and think about the target muscle as I was doing it. I’ve been doing biceps curls my whole life but I’ve only just started to do them properly.
When I started, I got a bit of string and cut it so that it was the diameter of my waist. Then every few days I’d place the string around my waist. You start to notice that it’s beginning to overlap. Then you notice that the weight is really coming off. And then you notice that you can see a bit more muscle on your arms and you’re not quite so podgy around the stomach.
After a couple of weeks I could really see a change and my clothes were baggier. After four to five weeks people started noticing that I was losing weight. Then people started saying, “Have you been working out? Your arms look bigger.”
When someone pays you a compliment it’s a real ego boost. My partner is really into her fitness and she would compliment me a lot. And she wasn’t just saying my body was changing, she was also saying things like, “Look at your lifestyle now, look at the way you’re focusing better”. That gives you a boost that helps you push a little bit harder.
I definitely felt healthier. I was sleeping a lot better and I had more energy. My skin looked healthier. I also just felt like I had a more positive outlook on life. I’ve proven to myself that if I want to commit to something, I can. I can do it again.
If you’re thinking about doing a transformation, I’d say just do it. It’s as simple as that. A mate of mine is on it now and he has lost two stone [12.7kg]. I thought, Kev, you’re 45. If you don’t do it now, you’re not going to do it when you’re 50. And just because you’re no longer in your 20s doesn’t mean you’ve missed the boat. You can do it at your own pace.
The most satisfying thing for me about doing this is the change in my body. I’ve lost about three inches off my waist and it’s great to go into a shop, try on some trousers and have my missus say, “they look a bit baggy – try the next size down”. I reckon it’s about 25 years since I’ve worn 32in waist trousers. I bought some medium T-shirts the other week –and I’m even thinking, if I get a sleeve that’s cut a bit higher it’ll show off my arms… I have become a bit more vain and I think, I’m 45, why the hell not?! I might as well enjoy the benefits.