Then & Now

On the left: Easter 2010 On the right: Yesterday Sunday 10 July 2011

My niece Anna was in town over the weekend visiting from Winchester.

In Easter 2010 we took a photograph whilst sitting in church. I have a real love/hate relationship with this photograph because a) Anna looks gorgeous, beautiful and lovely, in fact, she looks like Anna always looks. Then b) I look like I’m about to have a heart attack. I’m grey, sweatie, fat (obviously) and deathly *shudders*.

We decided we needed an updated version in keeping with the new and improving me. What do you think of the result?

I’ve got to tell you we are thrilled with the new pic. Slightly out of focus unfortunately, but, the difference in me is clear to see. Come on you beauty!!!!!!!!!

Continuing proof that the journey I am on is well worth the effort.

I know I’ve said this before, but, please indulge me…

Guys, if I can do this, so can you. That’s not a cheap shot. I’m not trying to make you feel bad. I’m not judging you. I mean it sincerely from the heart. I know how you feel.

Maybe (like me) you have a problem with your weight.

Maybe (like me) it’s affecting your physical health.

Maybe (like me) it’s affecting your mental health and you are depressed.

Maybe (like me) it’s affecting your confidence and self esteem.

Maybe (like me) you’ve tried ALL the diets.

Maybe (like me) you think it’s too late and there is no way you can get healthy.

Maybe (like me) you are convinced you’ve not got much time left here on planet earth.

Well, maybe (like me) you can take a small step to turn everything around. It’s not too late guys. Trust me I now know it’s true.

If you can be a little bit more healthier today than you were yesterday, that’s a step, that’s a start, that’s gonna make a change. Then tomorrow, do the same again, just be a little bit more healthier today than you were yesterday.

For me, exercise and/or activity is key. For me, ‘diets don’t work’. For me ‘scale watching don’t work’. I’m not saying you need to pound it out at the gym, all you need to do is add some activity or exercise in to your life.

Most evenings, I go for a walk now. I try and encourage my family to join me and my wife and daughter are the main two from the immediate fambo who come along. They have both lost weight and they have both lost inches. Admittedly my wife also comes to the gym (when she can make it), but, not my daughter. With her, it’s just walking and it’s having a positive effect. 20 to 30 minutes tops, three to five nights a week. It works.

Go on, have a go, you WILL NOT be sorry.

Sermon over, let’s say the Grace!!!

Adios amigos,

Paul (Kracker)

“I Can Do It…!”


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 ;-)
This entry was posted in Family, Health, Healthier Lifestyle, Physical Health, Relationships and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Then & Now

  1. Callie says:

    Something to be very proud of. Keep up the good work. You are an encouragement to many including myself.

  2. AndyBirch says:

    You are visibly radiant in your new pic Paul, lovely photo of you and your niece, that one is one for your wall. Although its probably good to keep your old one up too, for days when you feel unmotivated;) (not that this happens often) I’d like to see the same pic in another few year! Well done on motivating your family too, i hope Andy and I can acheive the same with our children.

  3. Neil Birkett says:

    Mate, that photo is boss!!! Great to see the difference, keep it up and thanks for that chat we had the other day. God Bless amigo……Neilio.

  4. Anna Hawley says:

    A beautiful and inspiring post…I’m so proud and happy to be a part of the process. I registered for the park run last night…joining the gym later this week..we will conquer that marathon!! 😀

    Much love as always, Anna xxx

    • paulbentley says:

      Hey you. Great news re parkrun registration. Did you go? Did you join the gym? Yep, let’s defo conquer a marathon together. We can defo do it, I know we can.

      Big love,

      Kracker (in a slightly less big body)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s