Meet Scott McMartin, Aged 47, from Larbert, Stirlingshire, and his amazing transformation story.
Before Scott’s Transformation
I was mentally and emotionally in a place where I kind of accepted the size i was, as that was what I was supposed to just be. I wasn’t happy with how I looked and didn’t like looking in mirrors or seeing my reflection in shop windows etc. I tried every diet going, some with some success than others, but always only lasted a few months, maybe for a holiday, then put weight on, on holiday and then struggled to get the weight off.
Physically I suffered from a sore back, sore right knee, and sore feet, looking back most of these were weight related. I also had severe high blood pressure that I had to take medication for, but it still wasn’t getting into the normal range.
My main sport was playing golf, but being severely overweight meant that my back, knee and feet would get sore, and my game as affected for the last 3 or 4 holes due to being tired.
Scott’s Amazing Transformation Story
In January 2015 I started ‘Slimming World’, I lost 1.5 stone till February but then the weight slowed down but I was only going to the gym maybe 2 times a week, but not training hard and doing the same old routine I had done for the last 15 years or so. In March I decided that with a holiday to Tenerife in the April that I needed to increase my gym time and started for the first time in my life going to the gym in the morning before work and at lunch or after work too. I also did my first ever Circuits class, after a 2 weeks of increased gym time I had lost 3 lb, and know that this was the answer. I even went to the gym when on holiday every second day!
On return from my holiday I decided that it was time to get a Personal Trainer on the 13th June I had my first initial assessment session with Jane Ainslie of Xercise4less Falkirk. I had always been sceptical of Personal Trainers as felt “I didn’t need some fit person to me I was unfit, I already knew that”. How wrong was I? I have never looked back since started with a personal trainer.
I started with one PT session a week along with my new PT Program, I also started gradually attending more classes, like HIIT, as well as Circuits. In June I increased my PT Sessions to 2 per week.
On 10th August my PT took over my Nutrition and I stopped Slimming World and moved to Macros. Along with myfitnesspal for my food logging. I also started Using a FitBIT Charge HR to log my calorie burn, so now I was logging calories In and out.
Mentally I had completedlt altered my attitude to food, exercise and weight loss. Although weight loss per week was my goal, I was now measuring body fat% and muscle %, as well has how my clothes felt on me ( I am now onto my 3rd wardrobe!). I have averaged 1.5Lb lost per week during the whole 51 week period, (incl wee blips for holidays), some weeks more some week less.
I managed to keep consistent by a complete change in my mind set to health, fitness and food. The success was breeding success, I didn’t want to let myself down, or my PT. Jane was and still is a constant help 24/7 with support and help when I need it. I feel that without Jane no way would I have achieved so much.
I recognised that alcohol was wasted calories with n nutritional benefit, I wasn’t that much of a drinker before, but I completed have cut out all alcohol in the home and even if out socially I still drink but cut down and limit my intake.
Consistent gym session with a mix of Weight, PT Session, HIIT/Circuits and Cardio work works and helps me to keep the weight coming off along with the body fat% and the muscle growth. I go to the gym in average 8 to 9 times per week, 6 days a week with a Saturday as my rest day.
Using myfitnesspal and my Fitbit also keeps me consistent by measuring daily what goes I verses what I burn.
Scott’s Amazing Results
I am not finished yet, as still want to lose another 1.5 stone and get rid of some wobbly bits around stomach, chest and thighs, but I have lost 5 stone 2 lb in 51 weeks. Went from 46” waist trousers to a 38”, chest from 52” to 46”. My Blood pressure is now consistently in the normal range, although still on medication my Doctor and practice nurse are delighted.
I am starting to get muscle tone on my shoulders, arms and calfs which I never ever thought I would see. This now drives me to keep going into 2016 and get to my target weight (14 Stone 2 lb) and then keep working on getting muscle definition on chest and abs!
It makes me feel proud of myself for the first time in decades, I used to feel that I was the fat husband/dad to my wife and 2 boys, and an embracement to them. I wasn’t in their eyes I was just their dad. But to me I felt bad. I now enjoy buying normal clothes and was delighted when could buy clothes without an x anywhere on them!
Comments from people I haven’t met in ages are the best motivator to keep working hard, as they got a bit of a shock! Also my gym pals at Xercise4less in Falkirk keeps me on track and also others at Falkirk who are working hard to improve themselves for the better.
Scott’s Advice For You & Your Transformation
Believe in yourself, start slowly and don’t give up when nothing happens some weeks, just believe you are doing the right thing and the weight will start to come off. Exercise AND diet are key. One on its own won’t work. I’m honestly not sure if it really is 80% diet, 20% exercise I think it’s a closer balance than that if I’m honest.
Do weights as well as Cardio, Cardio alone I don’t believe will work long term. More muscle means more calorie burn doing your everyday job/life.
Try classes they are hard but good fun, and good comradery in them. The classes help make friends who all help each other with their personal challenges ahead.
Use a food logger/databse as well as a fitness band. To track food in and calorie burn
Enjoy yourself gym variety will keep you from getting bored.
If you can invest in a Personal Trainer, they are worth the weekly charge over and over again. They keep you motivated, on track and ensure you are training safely.