Martin loved the SIMPLICITY of losing 46 lbs
Start weight: 221 lbs
End/Current weight: 175lbs
1 - Tell me about your previous dieting attempts.
I suppose you could go back to when I was 16 and saw my dad have two heart attacks and a major bypass by the time he was 55, thinking, "that isn't happening to me".
I would start watching what I ate and even got myself a weights bench for my room. But, as most young lads do, I discovered drink and started going to pubs, eating junk and partying.
Fast forward to my early thirties, I was pushing 18 stone and not in the best shape or health. Being tall, I carried it well and thought I was okay.
Then, one morning in the early hours, I woke up with tight chest pains and pins and needles shooting down my arm. After spending time in the hospital thinking I'd had a heart attack, it was a wake-up call I needed to change. I dived in head first, changing my diet, cutting everything out and denying myself anything and everything.
I took up running and signed up for half marathons and other races and just went for it. I lost four stones and thought that was it; I had cracked it. But I hadn't; I was papering over the cracks. My attitude was that because of all the running I was doing and all the calories I was burning off, I could go back to eating what I wanted as I'd already burnt off that takeaway or that large burger meal. As time passed, my running eased off, but my eating habits stayed the same, and the weight inevitably crept back on.
This affected my running. I ended up getting annoyed with the running, so I would comfort eat and put on more weight, then get slower, then get annoyed, so comfort and repeat. I turned to all the diet books, which gathered dust, and then ended up back on the restrictive mentality I knew I couldn't keep up.
2 - What did you hope The Munro Method would do for you?
I knew what I was doing wasn't working, and I'd end up back where I started. I needed a better way of going about it. I wanted to lose weight, but I didn't want to have to restrict my food while doing it. I wanted better knowledge of nutrition and an understanding of how to start doing it safely and sensibly.
3 - How did you hear about us?
A friend shared some of the posts from the Munro page on Instagram, which caught my attention, so I started to follow the account.
4 - What was it about us that stood out from other available options?
After following the Instagram page, I agreed with everything Jason said.
I could relate much of what he said to what I was doing.
I like how it's no-nonsense and straight to the point with what you've been doing wrong and how you can do things better.
5 - What did you enjoy most about being a Clan Munro member?
It's the knowledge I've gained and still learning from my time in the Clan.
Yes, the weight loss has been fantastic but learning that there is a much better way of doing it rather than fad diets and the like has meant more.
The support from the coaches and the other members also makes you feel like you're in a close-knit community.
6 - What have you achieved since becoming a member of the Clan?
I'm back in love with my running and have gained new PBs in 5k, 10k and Half Marathon distances. I no longer have the restriction mindset and don't dread getting on the scales.
My confidence is so much better now, from what I eat to the clothes I buy and wear.
7 - What has exceeded your expectations since working with us?
I suffered severely from migraines, but since joining Munro and having a better diet, I've only had one every six months.
8 - Why would you recommend us to others?
It's the simplicity of it all.
Munro cuts through the dieting myths and shows you that you can eat what you want and lose weight. Most diets promote the boomerang mentality, so you always return to them.
But with Munro, they don't want to see you come back (in a nice way), meaning that you will have picked up the knowledge to maintain your weight on your own and lose a little of some starts to creep back on, which is perfectly normal and natural throughout the varying seasons of the year.
9 - Was there anything about Munro that surprised you?
The people within the group. The friendliness and encouragement from the group is fantastic, especially with being a man in a mainly female group. They are so open with their own stories and journeys and how much of it is the same as your own.
It's like a big family.
10 - What advice would you give someone thinking about joining us?
I'd tell anyone that is thinking of joining just do it!
You won't regret it. If you want to lose weight and gain the knowledge to maintain that loss, look no further.
It's value for money, and the challenges certainly help you keep focus as they have done with me.
It's a successful process that has been proven time and time again.
11 - How confident are you that you can now take everything you've learned with us to go on and maintain the results you've achieved?
I'm very confident that I can go on and maintain the results I've achieved. I've learnt so much over my journey, and I know that when I relax on holiday or indulge a little over Christmas, I know exactly how to lose a few pounds and not let it worry me.
12 - Is there anything else you'd like to add about your time with us?
I want to thank Jason and the team for everything they've done, from the encouragement and honest truths at my check-ins to the daily posts and live chats on Facebook.
It's just been an incredible journey.
I'm not saying it's been easy, there have been ups and downs, but I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of it.