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I am the manager of a software support and development team within a large American software company. I spend a lot of time sat at a computer or on the phone (or both), so it’s a pretty sedentary occupation. When I go to visit my US colleagues I have to deal with the temptations of hotel food and American portions in restaurants as well as a bar bill that I can just charge to the company. When I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, I started to follow a book called the K-Factor diet. My great love as a hobby is scuba diving and that became harder as I struggled more to fit into wetsuits and needed to carry more and more lead in order to get down (because bodyfat is buoyant, divers have to carry weights in order to sink). With holidays and meetings in the US, I have to travel quite a lot for work and that became increasingly uncomfortable dealing with narrow economy or charter seats. After an uncomfortable appointment with the doctor, I was told that it was going to have to be diet and exercise or drugs to combat my (very) high blood pressure. I use the food and exercise log daily and usually visit the runners’ forum more than once a day.
I go to the gym most days where I do some aerobic exercise such as rowing, cross training, cycling and then some weights and sit-ups.
During the week, usually ciabatta or baguette with a large soup (Covent Garden say) and salad leaves.


Basically the structured approach to weighing food and logging calories means that I’m not deceiving myself about how much I am eating. I think the most important (and probably the hardest) thing to realise is that it really is down to you.
Lots of people like Martin have achieved their weight loss success using the tools, information and support that WLR has to offer.
Half of my team (including my boss and her boss) are based in various places in the US and the other half are in India.
This is a dietary and life style approach to tackling hypertension with the emphasis on low sodium, fresh fruit and vegetables and avoidance of alcohol, saturated fats and pre-prepared foods.
I want to be able to buy clothes from any shop I want without having to worry about the size. This led me into discovering that what I thought was a low calorie diet was actually reasonably high and that was why I had plateaued. When I started diet and exercise, I walked a lot and then walked and jogged, gradually building up to a slow red faced lumber round the park across the road. During the weekend, big bits of meat, oily potatoes, creamy sauces and probably at least one takeaway in there. For the main meal, it will usually be pulses of some sort (chick peas, lentils) or a salad with home made dressing. As you will see if you read more than one or two of them, everyone's story is different and they have reached their success from a variety of starting points and lost weight at varying rates.


Although we have offices in Reading, I tend to work from home most of the time as it’s easier for the late nights. Quite an attractive diet as it didn’t involve giving up anything like alcohol or getting involved in exercise.
Buying new clothes was a chore because I was too big for the clothes I wanted and faced a future of premature age in Marks and Spencer's. The idea of a more informed calorie counting instead of the rough and ready approach I had used to date was attractive. Then, I started to take it more seriously and signed up for the Bristol Half Marathon at the start of the year (my brother is fund raising director for the Association of Children's Hospices). Over the weekend, the occasional curry or pizza, but pretty much smaller and leaner portions of meat and veg.
I was also worrying about my health, occasionally I would get worrying pains in my chest (which, being a man, I tried to ignore). I didn’t drink much during the week, but at least a bottle of wine on a weekend evening. In the summer, I joined other WLR members in the bananaman run around Richmond Park (I finished first in the over 50s men).




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