Hi, I’m Gord. In 2009/10, I lost 67kg (147lb). These ten articles are my favourites from a period in my life (2011 mostly) when, having just lost all that weight, I was learning and experiencing a great deal every day. Writing was (and still is) my outlet for understanding, learning and trying to help others. I did a lot of it during this time.

I’m a recovering obese person. Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you, with a mix of pride and I’ve-heard-it-all-so-many-times fatigue, that this is the central point of my life. I battle every day with the demons that got me to 160kg-plus by the time I was 28. Every day, I also get up and fight, because I know that this thing can be beaten.

Over 2009 and 2010, over 14 months, I lost the 67kg. Since then, I’ve kept it off, despite having ups and downs, daily struggles, and at least one fairly serious relapse in 2013 where I regained more than 26kg, which was crushing, psychologically. It’s taken me all of 2014 and the start of 2015 to shake it off, and I’ve still got a good 7 or 8kg to go.

In 2011, my friend Dale Imerman and I started Mojodojo. A lifestyle and entertainment blog that we populated religiously with content of which we are still very proud. A strong element of that content took the form of a series of in-depth, very honest feature articles I wrote about my experience, my processes and what happens in the mind of the struggling obese person. Along with my award-winning Men’s Health Article, “King of the Fat Guys“, it’s some of my proudest work.

Here are some of the highlights from the MojoFitness archives

Gord Laws in 2008 and in 2011

Gord Laws in 2008 and in 2011

“Welcome to MojoFitness… We Can Repair You”

A detailed account of my journey from 160kg-plus to my leanest, 85kg or so. How it all started. The people who helped me. The process of gaining the belief needed to overcome. This my story. Read it here.

 

Get up. Dust off. Go again.

Get up. Dust off. Go again.

“It’s How Many Times You Get Up”

An inspirational feature exploring the strength of will needed to achieve long-term weight-loss and, critically, the ability to forgive oneself. We tend to derail ourselves with mistakes which make us throw away all of our good work. Learn to get up, dust yourself off, and go on… Read it here.

 

Cardio

Getting fit and/or shed fat

 

“Fat-loss Cardio vs Fitness Cardio”

A principle that I used (and still used) to cut weight effectively and without constant exhaustion. This approach is one of those that has experts split, and I have been told “it will never work”. But what do I know? I just lost more than a kilo a week for 14 months doing it… Read it here.

 

You need music. Always.

You need music. Always.

“With a Song in Your Heart”

Music is a critical ally when it comes to regular trianing, motivation and, if some research is to be believed, even the physiological process of burning fat. This is how I harness the power of music to carry me through the hard times… Read it here.

 

The evolution of fat

The evolution of fat

“Fat: Ancient Ally, Modern Enemy”

Why do some of us get fat so easily? Why does all the food that tastes great tend to make our asses expand? Well, there’s actually a fairly simple anthropological explaination. By understanding the nature of our body’s need to store fat, you can turn the tide… Read it here

 

There is hope. Believe me.

There is hope. Believe me.

“A Call to Arms”

A message of hope to people like me. Those who feel like there’s nothing they can do. That they are trapped and helpless, forever. This article was one part lifeline to all others like me, and one part moment of realisation, when I became fully aware that working on this – and trying to help others with it – would be my calling. My vocation. You CAN do this… Read it here.

 

It only gets easier from here.

It only gets easier from here.

“It Only Hurts at First”

One of the most important pieces of writing I’ve ever done on the topic of weight-loss. A principle which you need to understand if you’re going to get through the very difficult first stages of the process. After that, it really does get easier every day. It’s important to understand and remember this simple truth if you are to succeed… Read it here.

 

Theres no time like right now.

Theres no time like right now.

“Helpful Tips for Getting Back to Gym This Summer”

A more practical feature containing tips and tricks for regaining momentum after a break. Also relevant for anyone starting from scratch. Sometimes the smallest things can make all the difference, especially when you need to build up momentum. These are some little things (that make a big difference) that I learned along the way…  Read it here.

 

Klap the juice, boet.

Klap the juice, boet.

“An (Extremely) Honest Introduction to Supplements”

So many people ask whether any miracle pills or chemical products can shed the kilos for them. Here, I detail my experience with supplements, my opinion of them, which ones I use and why, and whether they’re really necessary… Read it here.

 

Buff minotaurs, and other gym myths

Buff minotaurs, and other gym myths

“Seven Gym Myths to Unlearn Immediately”

A practical (and somewhat tongue-in-cheek) look at some of the bullshit that many people misunderstand and, in some cases, fear about the gym… Read it here.