Weight Loss Blog Interviews - Andrew ScottI had to opportunity to interview Andrew Scott, a Scotsman living in Indonesia about his weight loss program. I met Andrew when he answered the call to be a beta tester for the 12 week course in whole food eating I'm developing. In a post I did the other day about other weight loss blogs, I quoted from Andrew's website Discipline or Regret where he says:
It’s time to think for myself, it’s time to educate myself about my body and the foods that I eat and how exercise affects it. And that’s what I did, for months I read and asked people and read some more. Then the time comes when all that knowledge has to be turned into actions to be come wisdom. I had to initiate all the information I had, and I am ... I am embracing the pain of discipline because I don’t want to suffer the pain of regret!
Hi Andrew, thanks for doing the interview. Lets start with your age.
I'm 29 Rob.
Where are you currently living?
I live in Surabaya, Indonesia, but I'm originally from Scotland
And what do you do in Indonesia?
I'm a happily married English teacher with an eleven month old son
What was your reason for starting your weight loss program?
I went on a Dr. visit in January and he told me if I don't lose weight I probably wont see 40. I have a beautiful wife and son, heck I have got lots to live for!
Wow, powerful motivation. What was your starting weight when you began?
My starting weight 15 weeks ago was 302lbs and now it's 282lbs
Congratulations - well done Andrew! 20 pounds down in 15 weeks, a safe and effective weight loss. Do you have a weight loss goal? Is it a weight number or body fat number you’re shooting for?
My weight loss goal is 220lbs, I am going home to Scotland in June for a holiday and I'll be having my body fat checked out. I also have a goal of a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.92
What sort of exercise program are you following?
At the start I was using the Abs Diet and then I started making my own workouts. But now I am following the Turbulence Training workouts
Yes, Turbulence Training by Craig Ballantyne, excellent. I'm in the middle of an interview with Craig Ballantyne right now. How often do you workout / train?
I am doing 3 strength training workouts per week (Mon, Wed & Fri) and then 3 interval training workouts on the other days (Tue, Thu & Sat), with Sundays off. I do all my workouts at 4am in the morning, not because I want to but it's the only time I have.
Wow, 6 workouts a week, awesome, and 4 am! now that's commitment. Someone who's driven to get results, to get to their goal will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Nice to see you putting in such a huge effort. What's your favorite exercise?
I enjoy working my back and chest muscles, so anything that works them and gets them burning.
Are there any obstacles you had to overcome to begin exercising / keep exercising?
Getting up at 4am! If I try to do my workouts after work I get lazy and then inconsistent.
What is your goal in regards to exercising?
I am really digging into the science of exercising, before I would focus on small muscles but now I am targeting the big muscle groups to blast my fat!
Yes, once you begin exercising or make a change in your eating program, it's always fun to read more and discover the science of it all. I like science, but I like the ancient / natural approaches too. The natural approaches seem to get forgotten by maney. What sort of nutrition program are you following?
I started off with the Abs Diet program. But now I am happy to say that I am beta testing your "12 weeks to a Former Fat Guy" course; coming away from processed foods and sugar.
Yes, that's kinda how we met, you're a subscriber of my newsletter and when I put out the request for beta testers, you answered. Thanks for being involved. What is one of the cardinal rules of nutrition that you have learned, always follow or never break?
There are many that I don't want to break with my new lifestyle; I drink bottled water (about 2.5 - 3 liters per day). Eating more protein, and low carbs. One thing I have learnt is that not all carbs are bad.
Yep, it's mostly processed carbs that are bad, not all carbs. Do you have a food tip that you’d like to share?
Eat between meals!! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't eat between meals. If you have healthy snacks between your meals then you'll spike your metabolism into burning fat throughout the day.
Do you allow for a reward meal? A reward day?
I have a Cheat Meal usually on Saturdays for my dinner. Everything can be on the menu, but I am usually still very careful.
Ah ha, I see you're regarding it as a cheat meal, not a reward meal - interesting. How important do you regard proper rest and sleep in your weight loss program?
If I don't get a good nights sleep then my muscles wont get the recovery they need. I would like to be getting about 8 hours per night, but at the moment I am getting about 7 hours. I try to have a 30 min nap on workout days at about 4pm.
What sort of nutritional supplements do you use?
I am using Whey Protein.
Why did you start blogging your journey at http://www.disciplineorregret.com?
I started the blog to keep myself accountable and to encourage others.
Awesome. Tell the world your story and your goals and you have a huge audience to keep accountable to. Nice. If you had any advice to anyone who’s considering starting a weight loss journey, or someone who knows they should start but haven’t yet, what would you say?
Be very careful with all the weight loss lies out there. Start to educate your self with eating & exercise. I have but myself into this formula.
Educate + Initiate + Evaluate = Success!
People can motivate you but you really need to take yourself seriously and know what you want and how to get there.
Evaluation is the key to show you where you have come from (mini successes) and also how you can build upon and improve what you are doing.
Thanks for taking a moment out of your busy day to share your story with us Andrew.
You can visit Andrew's website at Disipline or Regret