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My weight loss journey

I am documenting my weight loss journey for the world to see.

Why am I doing it when I am so introverted and shy about my belly fat?

If I can help one person, I’d be happy.

The journey will be hard, I know, I’ve been here before.

But, I think it’s time to lose the belly fat, again.

Weight loss journey week by week

This journal will detail my weight loss journey, week by week. I started to watch my food and exercise in the middle of the week, so I decided to consolidate those days to week 2, which officially became week 1. To further explain, unofficially, my weight loss journey started the week before the official week 1 of my weight loss journey. Are you confuse yet? Let’s not overthink, and let’s concentrate on the end goal. And that is, to lose weight and build muscles.

Weight loss journey blog

In this weight loss journey blog, you will see what I eat daily, what I do, and the things I take as supplements. 

First of all, how did I get this big? Well, that’s entirely my fault. Doh!

It seems my calorie surplus was way too high when trying to gain muscle mass. Maybe I should have kept it to 500 calorie surplus a day, rather than 1000. Too late now. 

All I can do is try to lose this belly fat before summer hits Australia. Yup, I’m in Australia. Where the sun seems to get closer and hotter in summer.

The last summer was a scorcher, more so than the previous. Year after year, the sun is getting stronger. You might even say that Australia melts each year.

Hence, there are more cases of skin cancer in South Pacific countries, such as New Zealand and Australia.

But Australia has the best beaches in the world. My family will probably be visiting the beaches more than a dozen times these coming hot months.

So, it’s time to get beach body ready. Well, try to anyway. 

About me or my body

Something you have to know is that some people are gifted to lose and gain weight quickly. Some can eat pork crackling, cheesecakes, and many yum yums but do not gain weight (ectomorph). And people who gain fat instantly (endomorph). 

I hit the jackpot by being an ecto-endomorph. My body has a hard time gaining muscle and quick to gain fat.

[source: The 3 Somatotypes]

Moreover, my metabolism is slowing down to a halt with my age at 40. My body is losing muscle as I type this blog, and fat is accumulating more and more in my stomach as I get older.

[source: Aging, basal metabolic rate, and nutrition]

My point is that even if you are like me, struggling to build muscle and lose fat, it’s not impossible. All we can do is work harder.

I know it may seem unfair, but you take what your mama and papa give you. Instead of complaining, let’s be thankful that our parents had sex at the right time and gave us life.

First step to weight loss journey

It’s great to be educated about weight loss and nutrition. But, you only need to know two things to lose weight. And, you probably know it already, that is, diet and exercise.

The first step to the weight loss journey is to start. The needle won’t move if you are planning, reading, and watching fitness videos on the internet. Go out there and move.

Weight loss journey Youtube

Words can have a hard time explaining things to people. Teaching how to tie a tie is easier when shown.

When it comes to exercises, when movements are involved, the easiest method to teach is by showing.

Also, you can’t visualize someone weighing 200 pounds without knowing their height. But, it’s straightforward when you watch them in person.

When you look at me with my clothes on, you’d think I am skinny, or lean. However, you can’t see how fat my belly is, underneath my clothes. My belly fat is the fattest part of my body. But my legs, arms, face is not so bad.

Everyone I know is shocked when they see me with my clothes off. And, I quote my friend after seeing me take my shirt off, and my belly fat flopped out:

“fat ass.”

a friend

And you won’t believe my story of being skinny fat if I don’t show you. So, go to my weight loss journey Youtube channel and see for yourself.

I’m very much introverted and horrible on camera. Watching my videos talking and explaining things will make you cringe and fall asleep. However, you may have an easier time learning how to lose weight by watching others.

I will release a Youtube video compiling my weight loss journey in the future. Most likely to be dubbed by a robotic voice (me). You can now watch the daily weight loss journey in Youtube, Instagram stories, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok.

Weight loss journey Instagram

Additionally, I put out bits and pieces of my weight loss journey on Instagram. The content is mainly videos.

Don’t discount my photography skills though. I started as an avid photographer capturing night lights, walking around Asia catching people’s everyday life, and shooting the golden hours.

You can check out Healthful Papa’s Instagram by clicking here.

Weight loss journey questions

The following are questions you may want to ask when you start your own weight loss journey:

  • Do you need to lose weight?
  • Do I have conditions that can prevent me from losing weight?

Do I Need To Lose Weight?

It may seem like a silly question but your weight could be normal. Your body composition may look overweight but in reality, you’re normal.

People that are skinny but hold a significant amount of body fat is more dangerous than someone who is visibly big and fat.

A skinny fat person would never think of losing weight. A thin person may have plenty of visceral fat wreaking havoc in their system without them knowing. Most of the time, when they find out, the damage is extensive.

Depending on your circumstance, weight loss may not be for you. Instead, building muscles may prove beneficial to your health than losing weight.

[source: The thin-fat phenotype and global metabolic disease risk]

Do I have underlying conditions that may prevent me from losing weight?

Before you do all the hard work, deprive yourself of good foods, before the pain. It’s best to find out whether all the grind, the tears, the sacrifice you’ll make will result in weight loss.

There are diseases and medical conditions that can prevent you from losing weight. The following are conditions you may need to ask your doctor to get tested:

  • PCOS
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Chronic stress


PCOS is a hormonal imbalance causing weight gain. Managing PCOS through a change of lifestyle is the only treatment. So, before you opt for surgery, perhaps seeing a dietitian is better.

[source: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome]


Your thyroid produces hormones. And without these hormones, your body won’t function properly. Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid slowly produces hormones, affecting every part of your body, including your metabolism.

[source: Hypothyroidism]

Cushing’s syndrome

An abnormally high amount of stress causes Cushing’s syndrome for a long time. One of Cushing syndrome’s symptoms is weight gain.

[source: Cushing syndrome]


Weight gain is typical in women at menopause. Due to a decrease in estrogen levels, aging, and genetic factors: women tend to store fat in their belly at menopause.

[source: Weight Gain in Women at Midlife: A Concise Review of the Pathophysiology and Strategies for Management]

Chronic stress

We live in stressful times, and it can be deadly to our health. Stress releases cortisol hormones to help you deal with your emotions. However, too much cortisol can be a bad thing.

Cortisol can make you gain weight in the midsection and can increase visceral fat. Visceral fat kills. Regular fat is bad enough, but visceral fat is deadly. Visceral fat attaches to your organs and releases toxins that slowly poisons your body.

[source: Stress and abdominal Fat: Preliminary Evidence of Moderation by the Cortisol awakening Response in Hispanic Peripubertal Girls]

Weight loss journey quotes

Some days, I lose motivation. Maybe I have a headache, tummy ache, whole lota aches. These aches can dampen my spirit. Perhaps, someone put me down, words hurt too.

What I do to get back on track is to remember my favorite motivational quotes. I recall these words by the GOATs and instantaneously picks me up.

These weight loss journey quotes may do the same for you. There are many business leaders, TV personalities, and people who share their words of wisdom that can motivate the unmotivated. The following quotes are what I live by and keep me pursuing my goals in life:

“You are going to die. Do something about it.”

Gary Vee – Businessman

“People don’t care what you say. They care about what you built.”

Mark Zuckerberg

“Offer yourself. Don’t do things for people, expecting something in return.”

Conchita Tanobey – My mum

“Failure’s not an option. It’s just a step.”

Dwayne The Rock Johnson – Actor, sportsperson

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me.”

Chris Gardner – Motivational Speaker (Played by Will Smith in the movie “In Pursuit Of Happiness”)

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”

Elon Musk – Alien

“Life is too short to worry about what others say about you. Have fun and give them something to talk about.”

Kevin Hart – Actor, comedian

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”

Robert Collier – American author

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vidal Sassoon – Hairstylist, businessperson

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Jim Ryun – American politician

Weight loss journey before and after pictures

There will be before and after pictures of my weight loss journey once I lost the weight. But, you can check out my sexy body in all its glory on Youtube. It’s not a weight loss journey without baring some skin.


[Insert before weight loss photo here.]


[Insert after weight loss photo here.]


  1. Savannah_Jenkins

    Stouffer s #FitKitchen Meals: My New Wingman On My Weight-Loss Journey Papa Does Preach I have always struggled with my weight. As a kid I was chubby for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a single-parent home with a mom who worked long hours to make sure the bills were paid and the lights stayed on meant I was on my own most nights when it came to dinner. It also means I formed a very close relationship with microwavable dinners at a very early age. I knew they were never the healthiest of options, but when you’re young, alone, and kitchen-inept, popping a frozen meal in the microwave was the quick and easy option. Those habits follow you as you get older. In my early 20’s when I was in the Army, I never wanted to eat in the chow hall, so like most of the guys in the barracks, if we weren’t out getting fast food, we were popping frozen dinners in the microwave. Even when I eventually returned home and moved in with friends, microwave dinners were a mainstay at mealtime. Because let s face it, not only are they quick, but microwave dinners usually fit well into a young bachelor s tight budget. Now in my late 30’s and in the throes of parenthood, I find that my fairly poor diet choices from my youth have begun to catch up with me in the form of an ever-growing waistline. I’ve started to try and correct this by becoming more active. I know, I know, how can someone with a toddler

    1. Christian Tanobey

      Hi. Having children to look after makes time very precious. But, we can still find an hour or two for ourselves. One of the reasons why, well pre-COVID, I decided to work out at home, because it saves time from going to the gym and coming home. Saves me at least 30 minutes to an hour. My brother, sister, and I grew up with our single mom. I know too well how busy a parent can be to provide for their kids. We grew up eating take away and microwave food. Luckily, I learned about proper nutrition at a later age. It’s never too late.

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