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Everyone has health issues. No one person has ever gone through life without seeing a doctor and I’m not about to claim to be an exception to this rule. Anyone who has known me for any longer than about 15 minutes will know that I’ve had a couple of ‘episodes’ with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) on and off since 2000.

This has led me to visit cardiologists back in November 2015 at my local Frimley Park Hospital. My new cardiologist and I discussed the situation and agreed that we should now do something about these AF episodes and he has booked me in for a ‘catheter ablation’. That’s in April, so before then I have a whole bunch of weight to lose.

To lose the weight I’ve been following the Cambridge Weight Plan with my amazing consultant Marissa (Who happens to be my wife). Following this plan is easy for me and I find the variety of options satisfy me. “The proof is in the pudding!” Right? Well the Key Lime Pie shake and the Rice Pudding are amazing tasty and filling.

 Weight loss from 4-Jan-15 - 15-Feb-16 = 28lbs
Weight loss from 4-Jan-15 – 15-Feb-16 = 28lbs

As you can see, I’m on track to get to my goal weight just on time. I’ve not been that weight since I was teaching judo 5 times a week and working out really hard. This is going to be a challenge but I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve also found research on the Atrial Fibrillation websites and the British Heart Foundation website about the benefits of standing. So I am now the proud owner of a VariDesk that allows me to sit or stand. I will post more about how I’m getting on with that when I’ve had more than a couple of days with it.

Since 4-Jan-16 I’ve also not had any alcohol and I’ve been cycling. I’m hoping that this lifestyle change has more benefits than just weight loss and that my cardiologist tells me that when we meet in April.