STORIES-2-INSPIRE #2 - Pete MacDonald
Updated: Nov 15, 2021
Meet Pete MacDonald, another awesome B2B customer/follower 😉 with that NEVER GIVE UP attitude who has been on an incredible weight loss journey and is a great of example of how much you can achieve when you put your mind to it & of course!
NAME: Pete MacDonald FROM: Forres, SCOTLAND INSTAGRAM PAGE: @peteislosingit
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"My name is Pete MacDonald. I am 40 and I am from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland.
Throughout my life I have always struggled with my weight. I was the fat kid in school, i got picked on and bullied in both primary and secondary school for my size.
In my adult life the name calling never stopped. In places of work I was the token Fat guy, always getting the piss taken out of me from the boss, the butt of everyone's jokes etc etc.
The only thing that comforted me was food. I would go to the store and buy loads of unhealthy shit. Bars and bars of chocolate, cake, sandwiches crisps. I would binge to the point where i felt sick and afterwards disgusted with myself.
It is unfortunately an addiction. I will ALWAYS be a food addict. But....... something has changed.
In November 2019, i had a routine Dr's appointment. He asked if i would mind if he weighed me. I was a bit reluctant but also curious. My weight was a shocking 32 stone......
I couldn't believe the number and the Dr basically said if i continued the way i was, things would get a lot worse for me. After the appointment I did what i usually did..... I went to a shop and bought a load of junk and tried to medicate myself by binging....
I would love to say this stopped there but i let my binging habits continue. My mental health was at an all time low and i felt so Lethargic all the time. I was out of breath walking small distances, felt weak and powerless.
It was on February 2nd 2020 that I decided enough was enough.
I started by journey by tracking everything I ate on the MFP (My Fitness Pal) app. I made healthier choices and set myself a weeks target. Before i knew it a week was up and I had been in calorie deficit every day. I thought to myself ok, lets do another week. Tracking my food intake started to become part of my daily routine. I didn't stop eating treats but I did start having healthier options instead.
I also started my Instagram account to document my weight-loss journey. On February 9th 2020 @peteislosingit was created. I started to notice how much of a community was out there, how many many people were also on the same journey as me. I obsessively looked at weight-loss transformation posts by amazing people and started to connect with them.
I also started to walk every day. Determined to go out at least once a day and within a month i started to feel different. I had more energy, my mood was a lot better and i was connecting with people who were not only inspirational but also a massive support.
In April 2020 my Sister unfortunately contracted Covid and was In ICU. This was a very difficult time for our family, not knowing if she would make it and what made it worse was not being able to go and see her. Rather than eat away my stress by binging I made a promise to her and myself that I would de-stress by going a walk.
As the months went on, My sister recovered from the virus and although she is still affected with Long term Covid she Inspired me to keep going. I was starting to get comments from some people about how much weight I had lost etc.
I weighed myself for my 40th Birthday and in total had lost 6 stone since November 2019. This was the best gift i could of given myself.
Skip to now and I am still walking every day, I do a 30 minute resistance band workout every other day and still i remain in calorie deficit every day. I have never felt more alive, my mental health is the best it has ever been and i am still determined to keep going.
I meditate every day and have also just recently taken up YOGA.
I still have bad days but I get over it and Dig In!
I have met some amazing people through Instagram. The support on there is incredible and there is a MASSIVE community.
If I can do this, then anyone can. That is such a cliche but it is so fucking true. If you are starting your journey for the first time or the millionth time my only advice is to please be kind to yourself. If you fuck up one day, scrap it and start again the next after all
YESTERDAY DON'T MEAN SHIT!"
I'm going to continue sharing inspirational stories from other BORN 2 BLEED customers/followers. These will be true stories of overcoming struggles (big & small), the benefits of making positive changes in your life, having that PMA and proof that you CAN be the person you want to be and that there is ALWAYS a way to IMPROVE and achieve great things!
I want to build a community/tribe of like-minded people through BORN 2 BLEED so if you'd like to share your story email me here at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Facebook or Instagram and lets fuckin' lift each other up, motivate and push each other forward!
NEVER GIVE UP!
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