Week 3: The Winds Of Change

I’ve found myself going to another level this week, both physically and mentally.

One of things that has surprised me most, is that it has been smooth sailing from the off. I haven’t had any cravings as such, save for the odd daydream about my Toblerone (which is still sitting in the fridge, untouched).

Probably the biggest challenge has been the whole process of avocado ripening; I haven’t been able to get my knife through until Thursday this week. A minor blip; I’ll get there.


When I first Skyped Fionn about the prospect of working together, and as he started to list off all the positive changes I would experience, it sounded out of this world, but perhaps too much to expect of myself.

I think maybe it’s natural with these things to have some level of skepticism at the beginning. However, things have transpired just how he said they would, and then some.

After taking some measurements mid-week, it turns out I had trimmed 2 % body fat and 1.8 Kg in 17 days.

Fionn has seen many clients come through his door, but even he was pretty surprised.


– Fionnj

As impressive as these numbers are, the most significant shift I’ve noticed has been between the ears.

My productivity and energy levels have gone through the roof, and I am finding myself squeezing more of the things that I enjoy into my day. I am more focused, and able to organize my time better. My mind is clearer, and I wake up every morning with a certain level of excitement to tackle the day ahead. I’m more positive, generally happier, and as the great Ollie Cunningham would say, I feel like a million dollars.

I feel as though I can do anything.

This has been the most thrilling aspect of the journey so far.

I’m ecstatic with the progress I’ve been making. I realise that it’s very early days, but it has been phenomenal up until now, and I’ve no doubt it’s only going to get better.

Fionn did mention in the beginning that by week four, I will be ‘fully fat adapted’ and will have transformed into an ‘absolute machine’.

Doesn’t that just sound delightful!

I think with any goal or target we set out to achieve, whatever it may be, it’s really important to enjoy the journey rather than to get too caught up on the end result.

Ultimately, if you can’t celebrate each little achievement along the way, and have fun in the process, then what’s the point?

On March 20th I will be running the Seoul Marathon in aid of Aware. If you would like to make a donation, please feel free to jump over to my JustGiving page. It’s for a great cause! Thank you so much for the support..!

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.