It’s a gooooaaaaal !!!!!

So my journey to a ‘healthier’ lifestyle is officially seven weeks old. Seven weeks already, it’s gone so quickly. Well, to be honest, it’s really only four weeks, because, although I had my Active Sefton Induction on the 25th March 2011, I only actually got serious on the 18th April 2011 when I changed to my current gym. So, four weeks in and my lifestyle is so much different to how it used to be. Exercise, food, state of mind, self belief and confidence, it’s all good in the hood!

I’ve had a few ‘adhoc’ mental goals that I’ve been focusing on, but, as the weeks go by, I’m realising that I need to be a bit more structured about it. I’ve given it some thought, I’m by no means totally clear, so I thought I’d share them with you to see what you think. Are you ready?

I have two categories, Personal and Health & Fitness, those with a line through I’ve achieved so far. Yes, I know some of them are funny and personal but hey, I’m being real and I’m being honest. I know that some of you reading this struggle with these things too. Here goes:


  • Keep on the programme for at least a month
  • Wear one item of clothing from the back of the wardrobe that doesn’t fit
  • Tie laces bending down to foot (not raising it on a step)
  • Put socks on without resting leg on the couch
  • Get out of shower without belly touching sides
  • Put boxer shorts on standing up without having to grab second leg with hand and guide in
  • Sit on the floor without a struggle and get up without a struggle
  • Be able to wear my wedding ring again
  • Wear 4XL, Wear 3XL, Wear 2XL, Wear Large
  • Carry Jan upstairs
  • Wear my fab black shirt
  • Sit in a restaurant chair that has arms
  • Be able to go on rides at Alton Towers
  • Travel on a plane without use of the ‘extender belt’ (fatty belt)

Health & Fitness

  • Treadmill – Walk 1k
  • Bike – Ride 5k
  • Rower – 1000m in under 5mins
  • Treadmill – Walk 5k
  • Bike – Ride 10k
  • Rower – 2000m in under 9mins
  • Treadmill – 60mins (THR)
  • Bike – 20k
  • Go for a jog 
  • Lose 20lbs by end of May, June, July etc
  • Push ups – 5,  10,  15,  20,  30,  40,  50
  • Pull ups – 1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  7,  10,  15
  • Run a 5k
  • Run a 10k
  • Treadmill – 120mins (THR)
  • Bike – 40k
  • Swim 1 mile
  • 224
  • Run a Marathon
  • Mini Triathlon

I’m still absolutely loving this journey that I’m on. I’m feeling so much better in myself physically and mentally. if I keep achieving my goals, the sky’s the limit.

“I Can Do It…!”

Adios amigos,



About paulbentley

My name is Paul Bentley and I started my blog in May 2011. I live in Liverpool in the North West of England, UK – I have always had ‘issues’ with my weight! When I got to 27st 13lbs (177kgs or 391lbs) I finally decided that ‘enough is enough’ and I need to make changes. As part of the process I decided I need to make myself accountable, so I’ve decided to be accountable to you. Thanks for offering ;-)
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6 Responses to It’s a gooooaaaaal !!!!!

  1. kitchentutor says:

    i happened upon your blog and love it! i’m so motivated by other people that are motivated to make changes in their lives. great work!! i’m excited to follow along 🙂

    • paulbentley says:

      Hi, I’m motivated by the fact that your motivated by the fact that I’m motivated, if you see what I mean 🙂 Please stick around for the ride and give me all the encouragement you can. Pretty soon I’m going to really need it, that’s a certainty.

      “I Can Do It…!”


  2. momfog says:

    Congratulations on achieving some goals. #2 on the personal list I can especially relate to. If I lost 20 lbs., I’d have a whole new wardrobe.

    Mini Triathalon–wow. You’ll get there. 🙂

    • paulbentley says:

      The mini-triathlon is a long way away, but I want it there, a long with the marathon. Listen to me, ha, four weeks a go a drove the car to the corner shop – no joke! I need to categorise the goals further in to short, medium and long-term. I might do some kind of spread sheet and give it a page on the blog. If you have any ideas, hit me with them. Eventually, I’m aiming for a, “because I’m healthier I can now do this” – bucket list. How cool would that be? 😀

      Thanks for the input.

      “I Can Do It…!”

  3. Team Oyeniyi says:

    I think you are doing great!

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