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6 MONTHS TO BALANCE: The “before” photo

Before jumping on the scale I thought I weighed around 170kg and I’m embarrassed to share that so publicly

To be honest I wasn’t looking forward to the whole “weigh in” and “before” photo process. There’s nothing like stepping on to a scale, or in my case an EVOLT body scanner, after avoiding it for many years. Before jumping on the scale I thought I weighed around 170kg and I’m embarrassed to share that so publicly, but after joining forces with Balance Collective Gyms to help get my life back on track I didn’t really have a choice.


The day I jumped on the Evolt Body Scanner at Balance Collective in Mayfield it said my current weight was 140.1kg. And while I know that number would have some people running for the hills, my internal dialogue went more like…

“I’ve just lost 30kg. Bonus!”


The Evolt 360 units at Balance Collective use a scientifically validated test known as Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or BIA to provide a fast, non-invasive way of screening your body composition. Apparently, it works by passing a safe, low-intensity electrical current through your body that can determine the difference between muscle mass, fat mass (including visceral and subcutaneous), water and mineral. Whatever it does… I was really happy with the results and the print out (which you can see parts of above) helped me set goals and give me (and my trainer Will) an idea of what we needed to focus on in order to achieve my goals.

You can find out more about the EVOLT Body Scanner at Balance Health Collective here.


This was never going to be easy. I hate photographs, even at the best of times, but I’m committed to this journey and the way I see it, the only thing more embarrassing than publically sharing this photo would be doing nothing about the imbalances in my life. Imbalances that are evident in this photo.

When I look at the image above a lot of things go through my head but, at this stage, I’m going to keep that dialogue to myself. I’m choosing to do this because I know how it feels when someone carrying less weight than me laments their own body in my presence. It feels terrible, and I don’t want anyone else to feel like that.


So what’s been happening since my last blog? Well…

Part of the commitment to get my life back in balance was to complete a full physical with my family doctor. This took much longer than I expected and I was a little “down” about having to wait to get started. But given my age and weight, my doctor wanted to make sure everything was in order before I started physical training.

While I was waiting for the results the team at Balance Collective asked me to write down everything I ate for 1 week. After 7 days I sent the diary off and a few days later I received an eating plan that sees me eating every few hours with a focus on portion size. The plan even has a few treats thrown into the mix like a burger and a few beers. Hashtag Bonus!

The good news is that I passed all the tests at the doctors with flying colours. I also feel like I’m eating more food than I ever have and, for the most part, I’m enjoying it.


This week I begin my first training sessions! I’m super pumped to start getting physical and discovering what my body can do. The team at Balance Collective tell me I’ll be focusing on natural movement and learning how to turn on my muscles.

Follow the #6monthstobalance hashtag on Instagram to follow along, and if you’re in the gym over the next month make sure you say hi. I’ll be the guy covered in sweat wearing a Newcastle Live shirt.