Julian tells how he went from fat to fit!

Julian Kirkman-Page, works in the City of London, is a keen member of Club Soda, and gave up alcohol forever two and half years ago. In his book ‘I Don’t Drink!’ he tells why and describes how he managed to quit drinking, and details the phenomenal difference it has made to his life since. In this last blog in his series for Club Soda across Men’s Health Week 2015, Julian tells how he went from Fat to Fit by dropping the booze (read part 1 and part 2). 

Getting fit and healthy

From FAT Git to FIT Git!

After 50 days I was so thrilled with my physical improvements I listed them in an email to my daughters. I did the same at 250 days as the changes were so miraculous. The complete lists are in my book but take a look at these extracts (with latest comments in parentheses):
  • I have lost two stone in weight despite all the extra exercise which would be putting on heavier muscle. I am now 177 pounds, well within my BMI for a 6.0 foot broad shouldered male. (I lost 7 pounds within the first month and without trying to lose weight at all. In fact to compensate for the sugar in drink, I started craving cake and biscuits, something I had never eaten.)
  • I am now a 32 waist down from a 36.
  • My blood pressure is now normal! After 10 years I have finally been told to come off medication!
  • My cholesterol is now normal. After 7 years I have finally been told to come off medication.
  • The Type 2 Diabetes I had been told might not develop fully if I lost weight has GONE!
  • My heart rate averages 52, this is athlete status!
  • The psoriasis I have suffered with since I was three has gone!
  • The fingernail infection I picked up in South Africa in 1999 and which has plagued me ever since has completely cleared up.
  • My breath is fresher and my taste buds have a new lease of life.
  • My liver will be regenerating and my brain losing far less cells every day than it used to. (By now, two years down the track, I have a new liver and a healthy pair of kidneys into the bargain. I can’t see them but I know I am all fresh and clean inside – it’s a great feeling.)
  • I never ever have gout and all that nightmare associated pain and have never felt fitter and happier because of it.
  • I have joined the local scuba diving club and will be diving this summer. (In fact I now have my dry-suit certificate so can dive all year if I want!)
  • I have taken up karate, something I always wanted to do. (I just got my orange belt.)
  • I now swim every day, no longer being limited by having to drive to the pool or not wanting to wait to have a drink.
  • I kayak on the sea most weekends, and the rougher the better!
  • I look great and consequently feel fantastic because of it.
  • Everything works as it should!

No more after effects of drinking

Incredibly, the changes take place almost at once. It is hard to believe how many calories there are in booze, and if you are really honest with yourself in how much you truly drink, how many burger equivalents you were on per day. I worked out I was drinking the same as 8 burgers a day on top of my normal food intake.
The other physical change of massive note is never suffering the after effects of drinking. No more hangovers, no more wishing the day away to wake up feeling better the following day, no more hair of the dog to stop the shaking, no more headaches, no more feeling grouchy and getting nasty with other people because you feel like shit! Just a whole world of feeling healthy, fit, happy, alert, alive and with so much extra time and energy to achieve all those things you always wanted to achieve, and discover a whole raft of new things you never thought you were capable of.
And of final note – the physical changes are simply ONE aspect of the fabulous improvements you will experience once you become proud to say ‘I Don’t Drink!’

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