… author of Escape From Furnace, The Fury, The Inventors, and the brand new Devil's Engine series

2 Fat Authors

I’m not sure if anyone saw this, but a few years back awesome author Barry Hutchison and I took  a good, long, naked look at ourselves (ourselves, mind, not each other) and thought, “We’re fat.” So we decided to do something about it. We would blog about our battle with our love handles publicly, and weigh in each and every week to reveal how we were doing.

Well, three years later, and the results are in…

We’re still fat.

Yes, 2 Fat Authors fell by the wayside, because neither of us had the willpower to actually lose weight. I mean, it started well, we both lost over a stone. But then life got in the way, and as most overweight people will tell you life is full of things like Giant Chocolate Buttons, and Fried Mars Bars. And cheese. Oh, god, how I love cheese.

*runs off to eat some cheese*

Anyway, I’ve been thinking for a long time now that I need to get back on the old bellywagon. Daughter number three has just entered our lives and I’m finding it a constant struggle to keep up with all three of them (especially the four-year-old, as it’s not too hard to keep up with a baby and a teenager who rarely leaves her computer…). I really, really don’t want to be one of those dads who chases his kids around the park for five minutes before collapsing into a sweating, heaving, jellified mass while other kids’ parents call the paramedics and everyone’s crying and I’m trying to wheeze “No, don’t panic, it was just the tub of Pringle-flavoured double cream I had for second breakfast”, etc.

And for anyone who is friends with me on Facebook (send me a friend request!!), you’ll know that 90% of my posts are memes about being hungry and/or fat. Like this one:


Haha, that cat is really hungry.

Hence this post. 2 Fat Authors is now officially back on. We’re putting less pressure on ourselves this time, because we’re big soft authors and we obviously can’t handle the stress. But the weekly weigh-ins will stay, for me anyway. As will the various diets and exercise regimes I try along the way. Any words of encouragement, or (knowing most of my friends) mockery will be gratefully received. Like before, it won’t be a crash diet or anything like that, it’s about changing our lifestyle and our attitude to food to make ourselves healthier and happier.

My first weigh-in was yesterday, and it came in at…

weighin 1

Yep, 16 stone, 8.2 pounds.


It’s not the heaviest I’ve ever been, but it’s only about seven pounds shy of that.

So, healthy living, here we come. I’ll weigh in again next Friday, tune in and see how it goes!

Over to you, Barry!!