Week 12: The Beginning

It seems like a lifetime ago when I decided to say farewell to my beloved bikkies, and indeed, the person who wrote those words 3 months ago, was a completely different animal to the one who is wielding the pen today.

It’s difficult to articulate the richness I’ve experienced along the way- and certainly the magnitude of my physical, mental and spiritual development, cannot be accurately represented by a picture, or by words on a page.

I am happy to report a complete transformation- in body and soul- as a result of the high-fat fuel I have been putting into my body over the past 12 weeks. It has been really interesting reading back and reflecting upon the journey, and the over-riding emotion at the end of it all, is that this is only just the beginning.

It’s hard to fathom the effect that nutrition really has, until you actually go the other way and look to improve it. My outlook has completely changed. Of course I’m not immune to the smell of fresh bread that fills my nostrils as I stroll past the bakery in the mornings, and I still enjoy a wander down the chocolate aisle in the supermarket, just for old times sake. But, I have little desire to actually put that stuff in my body anymore.

I now look at food in a whole new light, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to that biscuit-dunking monster of old. My old college roommates will beg to differ I’m sure, knowing all too well what I am capable of with a cup of tea in one hand and a fresh packet of bourbon creams in the other, but I guess they’ll have to take my word for it.

I look back with amazement at how far I have come in a relatively short space of time, and can’t help but look ahead with excitement to where I might find myself in another 3 months time, or even a year. I’ll keep you posted, no doubt.

I won’t get too hung up on the future of course, but I have been afforded a greater sense of control over my present, and an ingrained optimism for all that is to come, as a result of making a positive change for the better.

I think with any attempt to improve the self, it’s important to remember to celebrate progress of any kind, and not to compare ourselves with others who are paving their own way. Whatever positive changes you do decide to make in your life, and however you decide to implement them, keep in mind why you are doing it, and who you are doing it for.

This is your journey, and yours alone.

Positive changes of any kind will yield positive results, and as you experience all of the amazing benefits of one such change, you begin to seek out more ways in which to improve. It’s a magical and truly wonderful phenomenon.

That then begs the probing question- as I sit here at the 12 week mark- ‘what next?’ 

Such a question sparks excitement and enthusiasm; the possibilities are endless. One thing is for sure, I know what I’ll be having for breakfast in the morning.

I find myself coming to the beautiful realisation over and over again, that this life is a constant journey of self-development.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there is the delicate matter of a monstrous, prism-shaped bar of chocolate, which has been taking up too much space in my fridge, and requires my immediate attention.

Fionn McSwiney is a PhD researcher and lecturer at Waterford IT; a specialist in the field of Exercise Science and Nutrition. You can follow him on Facebook and Instagram– seek out the experts.