About me

I’m Michael James, a gym enthusiast, and body transformation advocate. I spent all my adult years until I was 34, overweight and unhappy.

I was about 18 stone at my heaviest, and had been since I ballooned when I was 18 years old! 16 years of misery, moaning about it until something finally clicked inside me and I decided I had to do something about it.

I would always make excuses, convinced myself I didn’t eat that much! But I did!! And I barely moved… sitting in an office all day and going home to spend the evening on the sofa filling my face! I was unhappy being single but felt so bad about my weight that I didn’t have the confidence to go out and meet women…. and I let this go for too long!

One morning in August 2015 I got up early and switched on the TV (to FOX) and there was an infomercial on for Focus T25. I watched Shaun T wax lyrical about this high-intensity workout that would only take 25 minutes a day. And I was totally taken in by the success stories shown. I thought to myself ‘I can do this!’! I didn’t order it straight away, I ummed and arr’d for a few weeks and finally bit the bullet and went for it!

It arrived a few days later and I committed to doing it every evening! I started at 16st 3lbs (I’d slowly lost a bit of weight over a year or so!)! The first workout made me feel physically sick…. I had to stop and wait before I could carry on – but I did carry on! The next morning I could barely walk! I was in no fit state to do a workout the next day…. or for several days in fact! But I started again the following Monday and made it through a little bit easier and did it day after day for the next 5 weeks! The more I did, the better I felt every day – energised and already feeling fitter than I had for years!

I should also say that I was, of course, eating sensibly and healthily at the same time. I didn’t follow the included nutrition plan, the ingredients were way too expensive, but I did eat high protein and low or balanced carb meals (more on that in another post coming soon!).

Well, that was the start of my journey in a nutshell and is really only where it all began. I was pretty skinny when I first lost weight and as I had found a new love for exercise I would eventually discover a love for the gym and started to bulk up.

The rest, as they say, is history. This site and my blog posts will continue my story and of my continuing fitness and body transformation journey.