MEGA Update!

This is going to be something of a mega post update as I haven’t posted in a while so sit back and relax!

Before we get into things I wanted to say this blog is part of my new changes/goals for the year (that’s a new way of saying resolutions!) and I’m going to be knuckling down and documenting my journey with updates, articles, recipes, reviews and much more.

This isn’t just for my benefit (it’s a great way of being honest with myself) it’s for yours too, I want to help as many people as I can that want to change their lives by losing weight and getting healthy. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be like other fitness/weight-loss blogs out there that are all pumped’ and aimed at people who are already slim, beautiful and fit…this blog is for fat people!

Bottom line is I want to create a blog that’s warm, friendly and lasting that will help people that are in the situation I have been in; they want to change their lives but don’t have a clue where to start.

I hope you check back from time to time and get involved, I want to hear from you all, your questions, hint & tips, stories…anything!

With that said let’s begin!

Weight loss stats

Things are going really well which I’m chuffed with; I currently weigh 19 stone 2 lbs (122kgs) the last time I wrote on here I was 20 stone 1 lb so that’s 13 lbs of pure weight loss…I think you’ll agree that’s good going. My body fat percentage is currently 35.7%, still very high but it’s coming down as is my BMI which is 39.9 and lastly my body fat mass is 6 stone 9 lbs (44.1kgs) which is mental when you think about it…almost 7 stone of pure fat *not good!*

Apart from my weight I’m not sure how accurate these stats are as I have been using a weighing machine at my local shopping center so it’s nothing special but it will do for now until I can find somewhere more professional.

My overall weight loss as of today is 3 stone 5 lbs (21.3kgs) it’s going fantastic but there’s still a long way to go.

slimming world weigh in book

Slimming World

I’m really enjoying slimming world which is not something I thought I’d be saying this long it, to be honest I thought I would be climbing the walls by now but I’m not and without sounding big headed or anything I’m not finding it that hard, I have the odd day here and there where I feel like eating something bad, so I do and then move on; I have found if you dwell on the negatives you will get nowhere and they will drag you down.

I have got one grumble about slimming world at the moment though, they’ve brought out all new books for the New Year and there seems to be a lot of syn value changes on products that haven’t change their ingredients so I can’t understand why they’ve done it when the food itself hasn’t changed. I’m going to look into this more over the next few weeks to find the biggest syn changes and also ask my club leader the reason behind them, I’ll keep you updated.

Dealing with Christmas

Christmas was great, I spent it with my family and we had a great time, I managed to get two weeks off work which was so nice! I was adamant that I didn’t want to pig out and ruin all my hard work just because it was Christmas, we all know how hard it is to lose weight so why put it back on willingly? All I needed to do was a bit of planning.

slimming world mince pies

Mince pies are my arch enemy every Christmas and I needed to sort something out otherwise they were gonna kill me! I looked around online and found a few recipes for slimming mince pies, to be honest there wasn’t that much out there but I made do with what I could find. I went for filo pastry pies in the end with a tablespoon of filling, they worked out 5 syns each compared to 13 syns for a Tesco mince pie, they turned out really well and I had them for my dessert on Christmas day while everyone else stuffed themselves!low fat slimming mince pies

Christmas dinner was pretty easy, I put all my vegetables and roast potatoes in my Tefal Actifry, they came out nice and crispy, all the meats were fine as all fat had been removed, I had to have some pigs in blankets because they are to die for, but again I tweaked them with syn free sausages…the bacon was streaky (not good!) but hey were still 10x better than the normal ones everyone else were eating.I’m still thinking of a few ways to tweak an improve it, I’ll put the recipe up soon.

Overall Christmas went very well and sure I did eat a few chocolates here, a biscuit there and a little more cheese than I’m normally allowed, overall I was quite strict with myself and it paid off, I only put on 3 lbs over the whole of Christmas (24th December – 2nd January) which I was thrilled with as it took a lot of willpower but like I say it was worth it.

slimming world christmas dinner


Gym & Exercise Update

Apart from my overall weight loss, exercising is my biggest achievement since

cross trainer improvement

beginning my life change, not only am I going to the gym three times a week now but I’m also starting to make real progress.

When I first started, day one on the cross trainer 5 minutes KILLED me it really did, fast forward to today and I’m at 45 minutes! How cool is that…45 minutes, in that time I can get about 5 miles which I never thought would be possible for ME ever. Seeing this progress and improvements has got me thinking about things, things that I didn’t think were possible and that I’m now considering to aim for, I mean if I can lose all this weight and be able to run, why can’t I do anything…anything!

Looking to the Future and setting new Goals

Back when I first started slimming world I had a goal weight in mind, 18 stone (114kgs) and at the time that was a pretty good target to aim for but I think deep down I knew I wanted better for myself but was, I don’t know scared and sceptical about the whole thing failing and setting a goal that at the time was simply a wish, a dream, you know the ones

  • “Ahh I would like to get to 18 stone”
  • “I wish could get to 18 stone”
  • “It would be nice to be 18 stone”


All of these sayings were everything but positive, there was no real belief or confidence behind them but now that I’m almost at my 18 stone goal I’m thinking I need to change it to something that I DO believe in and that I know I WILL be happy with, like I said I’m in the frame of mind that there’s nothing I can’t do if I want to.

So what is my new goal weight, well after a lot of thinking I’m GOING to GET to 15 stone!!!!! I’m so excited about this it’s unreal, sure it’s a long way off but when you look at where I started I’m at the half way point. Just thinking about being 15 stone is mad, it really is, writing this right now I’m smiling to myself just thinking about it, I really can’t remember the last time I was 15 stone; it must be over 12 years ago when I was about 11/12 years old! To get to a weight that I haven’t been at for 12 years…half my life, it’s going to the life changing, I’m so looking forward to it J

15 stone isn’t the only goal I have got, I want to be able to run a solid 15 miles constantly without breaks by Christmas 2013, this is going to be huge; it’s not going to be easy in the slightest but I’m going to give it my all and make sure I get there.

I want to be able to do pull-ups without any assistance, I can’t wait until I’m strong enough to do this; not only do I want to be able to do pull-ups but I want to be able to do 1 handed one’s (rocky style…cheesy I know!) this is my competitive side coming out as my younger brother can do normal pull-ups and laugh’s at my attempts, when I’m at the point of doing 1 handed ones it’s going to be so sweet watching his face haha…I might even have to video his reaction!


I think I have rambled on long enough and your bored of me now (well done for getting this far!). All jokes aside I’m really felling positive about the direction I’m heading and can’t wait to learn more about dieting, health, fitness, the body and then share it with you all!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year with your friends and family and I hope you stick around and get involved, send me your comments and questions, I’d love to hear from you all.

Until next time!

Darran Mansfield

Hi! I'm Darran Mansfield, I've been on the Slimming World diet for about 10 months, and I've lost 5 and a half stone (74lbs/34kgs), I'm by no means a weight loss expert, but I do have first hand experience, and that's what I'm here to share with you. I'm looking for a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that's enjoyable yet maintainable in today's modern life. If that's what you want, you should stick around, I'm sure you'll find something helpful and don't forget to say hi to me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram.

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