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An Important Lesson James Gandolfini Can Teach Us All

James gandolfini can teach us all to live life more

Something happened to me in the space of 24 hours has really got me thinking seriously.

Last night before I went to bed, I was reading a few articles, like normal and stubbled across one that caught my attention, it’s called A Deep Thought From The Universe. Basically, it paints a crystal clear picture of just how short life is; I quote “Say a person is fortunate to live until the ripe old age of 75. That means they get 900 months on this earth to do ANYTHING they want.

900 Months!

That figure hit me pretty hard, knowing that we’re lucky to be here, alive, on this planet for just 900 months.

I read the whole article, something I recommend you doing, and then went to sleep thinking about it, but not deeply thinking about it if you know what I mean?

Fast forward 10/12 hours

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Warning: Muller Light’s Worse Than We First Thought

how many muller lights can we safely eat?

Maybe you've been a member of slimming world for a while now, and you want to know a little more about things, or you may have just joined, and you want to learn more about the syn free & free foods you're allowed to eat, in particular Muller Light yoghurts, and how many you can eat safely. Well you've come to the right place! I'm going to strip mullers down to the bare bones and expose them for what they really are, are you ready?

Slimming world’s going great I really can't fault it. I’ve currently lost just over 4 stone (58lbs/26kgs), and I’m really getting into things; in particular, learning about the foods that i'm eating, and what's in them. At first it was simply curiosity, but now it's more of a need, I need to know what I’m putting in to my body, and what's its doing to me.

Your body needs the right fuel

I don’t know if it's a good thing, but I'm thinking of my body more as a machine, a machine that needs certain “fuels” to keep it running well, especially if I expect it to do things I've never done before. I want to be fitter, leaner and strong than ever, and for that to happen I need to make sure I’m giving my body what it needs.

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Society Used To Fat People OR Sabotage?

society used to fat people?

For the past couple of weeks,  I’ve been dragging about losing 4 stone. I haven’t been doing it in a big head, show off way; more of a “I’m so pleased i’ve reached the 4 stone mark”. Nine times out of ten when I tell someone that I’ve lost 4 stone they ask me a few standard questions,

How long has it taken you?
Has it been hard?
How did you do it?
How much more do you want to lose?

I answer all these questions and many more. I love talking about it because if I could inspire just one person to into changing their life, to get fit and healthy; that would be an incredible feeling. I love the thought of becoming a better person myself while trying to help as many other people out there as I can.

I’m getting side tracked.

When I answer the “how much more do you want to lose” question with, “I’ve got 3 and half stone to go until I hit my target”, people look at me in a number of different ways; confusion, shock, disbelief. I can’t understand why. They follow their confused looking face with, “Really! That’s too much, surely you can’t have that much more to go”. At this point lately, I like to ask them one last question before answering theirs. Just to try and figure out what their thinking and seeing when they look at me. “How much to you think I weigh right now?”

This is where things get a little crazy!

I’ve had guesses ranging from 14 – 16 stone, no one has ever come close to my actual weight (at the time of asking I was 18 stone 5lbs). Don’t get me wrong it sounds like a lovely compliment but is it? I’ve been thinking about their guesses a little, maybe I shouldn’t be, maybe I should just take them as compliments and more on, but i just can’t. Something’s bugging me and to tell you the truth I’m confused as hell to what it is.

Thinking hasn’t helped, it just brought up more questions that I’m trying to answer; Continue reading

My Top 3 Killer Tips for Conquering Food Cravings

Let’s face it, being on a diet sucks until you really get into the swing of things. When it becomes a life change, that’s when it stops sucking (almost), that’s because your getting used to it, your body’s adjusted and your more experienced; you know what foods to eat and how to cook them.

BUT! It’s a big but, there’s always something that’s consistently screaming at me, screaming “Eat me! I’m so god dam tasty, just eat me!”. It’s my weight loss nemesis that’s making all the noise; everyone’s got a food nemesis, regardless of being on a diet or not.

eat me!

The big bad wolf

My (super,supper,supper) nemesis is sauces; I just love eating sauces with everything, almost to the point it’s a cardinal sin to have a meal without any. When I say sauce, I don’t just mean mayonnaise or ketchup, I quite literally mean every sauce out there, they’ve all got the own rightful place as such, but I love them all. Continue reading

I don’t know what I really look like!

Darran Mansfield before and after during weight loss

I was out a couple of weeks ago for Fatboys Friday Feast with a few friends, one of whom I hadn’t seen for a few months, it was great catching up, as soon as he saw me he noticed that I had lost more weight and said that I was looking much better for it which is always a nice compliment, the following conversation between me and my two mate really got me thinking.

Austen said, “I can really see your jaw line, I’ve never see it before”

Which followed with Nathan saying, “We’ve never seen your face or what you actually look like, your real face has always been hidden, you’ve only ever looked round”

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Why I Started A Diet & Finally Stuck To It

no pressure

Why I started a diet is quite a difficult question for me to answer really, I had not long got back from living in Thailand when my mum said that she was really unhappy with her weight and that she was going to join slimming world next week.

I knew her reason for joining and was because she didn’t like being fat, she didn’t like the look, the feel or restrictions it imposed and she told me that she spent about 80% of the day thinking about her weight and disliking herself for the way she is, which was pretty shocking to me as I was double her size and I can honestly say I never had that feeling, disliking myself most of the time was just not me.

I wasn’t thinking…at all!

Anyway she said I should come along with her and without thinking at all I said “yeah why not!”, completely spur of the moment type thing, I wasn’t really thinking I was gonna stick to it or anything to be honest, I put no thought into the any of it, I said yes in the moment, to be honest I kinda forgot about it till the Monday evening we went. Continue reading

Dieting Tips: Things I’ve Learnt Losing My First 3 ½ Stone

I joined slimming world at the end of August 2012 and up till now I have lost just over 3 ½ stone, pretty good going for 5 months but that’s not to say it’s been easy, far from it. I’m only half way through my journey at the moment until I get into maintenance mode and there are a few things that I have learnt along the way that I think will help other people out there that are just beginning their journey and that’s what I want to share with you today; some of them will relate to slimming world directly and others with be to do with health and weight loss in general but they all tie in together, so lets get right into it shall we!

Slimming World…Does it work?

Slimming world does work, there is tons of proof out there to see for yourself, sure I don’t like everything they say, do or recommend but on a whole their plans work and should be followed. I’ve tried other plans before such as Weight Watchers and Atkins but they didn’t work for me…don’t get me wrong I’m not saying they can’t work, I just think slimming world is an easier, more simpler system to follow that can be maintained indefinitely. Continue reading

I’m a Cheat!!!

Last night driving home from an evening out with my mates I pulled into my local kebabery and ordered some donner meat with garlic sauce! I don't have a clue as to why I did as I wasn't hungry, it was 11:30 at night so I should have been asleep normally but I just steered myself there; it's not like I'd had a really bad day either, everything was normal up until then and once I had eaten it I felt like shit believe me.

I just need to learn from it and move on, what's done is done the only way I can rectify it is by getting back plan now…I really hope it doesn't affect me too much come weigh-in although it would serve me right and teach me a lesson!


The First Post!

Hey Guys!

Well this is my first post on my brand new site!!! –
As you have probably guessed by now I’m the Fatboy (AKA Darran Mansfield)…it’s been my nickname for as long as I can remember and for a two good reasons, first and foremost i’m fat (there’s no point sugar coating it) second is just LOVE my food.

I’m so alive and passionate about great tasting food I actually get physically excited (freak alert!). All that being said I’m at a point in my life where I want to make some life long changes starting with my weight and health.

So what is this blog going to be about, well I’m going to be using it as a journal about my weight loss journey to start with, sharing all my highs and lows as they happen with a weekly weight-in monthly weigh in report; not only am I going to be posting a journal but I also want to write some detailed articles about the body, how weight loss works, food and recipes and much much more.

Put simply I want to delve deeper into everything I can and learn how to become as healthy as I can while keeping my sanity and still being able to eat some great tasting foods and snacks.

I know its going to one hellish long road but and I’m gonna want to quit but I going to try my damness not to, I want to change…I have to change.

So what’s in it for you your asking, well I’m hoping that you will learn a few things from my trials and tribulations, I’m quite sure you’ll have some laughs along the way watching me, but most of all I want you to join me on this journey and share your experiences, hints/tips, recipes, exercises and anything that worked and that didn’t…I want us to show the world that anything is possible if we stick to it and earn it.

Thanks guys