If it’s inspiration you’re after going into 2018, then look no further. Here’s how Ben Coomber went from ‘cuddly’ to ‘content’ and then ‘crusader’
I used to be overweight, obese, fat, very cuddly… whatever you want to call it.
And all I can say is the day I turned 18, it was a label and state of health that I no longer wanted, and as a result, I took action. That action eventually took me from 16 stone to 10.5 stone, before I later went on a journey to get to 13.5 stone by building lean muscle.
My life was in my hands as a young adult, it was time to take control of my health. I deserved it, I wanted it, I saw it as a path to future success in everything I did. I knew and felt deep down that if I didn’t turn my health, weight and outlook around I wouldn’t be successful with my career, and so much else that I would want to do in my life.
This might be a harsh reality for many, but I believe this to be true to this day.
Observe many great leaders, driven people and go-getters in life, most share a passion for looking after their body. I am no different.
My health gives me the energy to perform 24/7. It gives me the clarity to know where I am going and why. My physical resilience adds to my mental resilience. I sleep well, which makes me perform well, it all adds up into this positive cycle of positive progress, and I love that.
How much time, energy and money do you invest in your body, and do the results show?
The battle is real
Every weight-loss journey has its battles. My battle was not in the process of change, I REALLY wanted to change, my battle was knowledge; I kept finding the wrong information.
People say they don’t have time, but everyone has time. You have to make it. And in the information age, a lack of knowledge really is no excuse. These days it is so much easier. My podcast, for example, has over 270 hours of Ben Coomber Radio and people regularly tell me I am the sound of their morning commute, or voice on their dog walk, or buddy on a long drive.
There are two key things that are starting to crop up in this blog, a desire and a want, and the habits associated with change.
Do you have the desire or want to better yourself, or the people around you if you’re a coach? Good. You can, you just have to make that decision, that is the starting point.
Next, you have to change your habits and your environment, and this is where many struggle. The habits I have today as a lean and athletic guy are 100% different to the habits I had when I was obese. I sleep differently. I exercise differently. I eat differently. I hydrate differently. I say ‘no’ to things when I would have said ‘yes’. I don’t allow others to make decisions for me and ensure I make all my own decisions based on the outcome I want in any given situation. I make time for my health over time for TV, I make sure I stretch so that I can always move properly, I choose sleep and energy over that extra beer, I choose what I want and not what the world could choose for me.
You have a choice. You might not think you do, but you do. And you might not think it can be as easy as it has been for me, but it can be, but a process has to happen.
1 You must decide you want to change.
2 You must make some changes.
3 You must find the information that is going to empower you with those changes.
4 You must change things, however painful, in your environment to successfully change long term, despite any perceived short-term pain.
5 You must buy some things to help with that change.
6 You must be willing to change long term, because the habits you have today you can’t have six months down the line.
You have to want to change, to find the knowledge, apply it, and ultimately change.
You’ve got to stop, make some decisions, make some changes, find the right support, and relentlessly follow that goal EVERY DAY.
If you are happy, awesome, high 5. If not, I can help, but you must be willing to stop, make some decisions, change, and practice those changes daily.
Here are a few ways I can help:
If you want some FREE help, the best place is my Ben Coomber Radio podcast. It’s free, you can listen anywhere, just download some episodes and get listening.
Maybe you want help and want a coach? I have a group coaching program that last eight weeks which aims to teach, empower and inspire you: bodytypenutrition.co.uk/
And if you want to become educated, like I wanted to, and you want to do a nutrition course, we do that too: bodytypenutrition.co.uk/academy/
If I can do it, you can do it. It was a learned skill just like anything in life, perhaps it’s time for you to learn that life skill, too…
Ben Coomber is a nutritionist, speaker and writer. he has the uk’s #1 rated health and fitness podcast on itunes, ben coomber radio, with regular q&a’s and expert interviews. Ben run’s Body Type Nutrition and owns Awesome Supplements. Connect with Ben over on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube OR Instagram.