In March 1986 the family and I moved house.

Well, farm really.

My Dad was a farmer and we moved from Belper to Ashbourne (both in Derbyshire).

I started at the local Primary School.

It was a little one.

About 10 or so in my year.

One of the girls died of a heart attack out of nowhere a couple of months ago, aged 41, which was pretty shocking.

There was 5 lads in my year.

Jamie Revill and Jonathan Sharpe, who would become my best mates throughout Primary School.

We’re still in a messenger thread called “OPS Class of ’91”.

And there was Shaun Travers and James Cox.

At some point in that first year, Coxy invited me round to his house.

And his dad let us watch an 18 rated horror film.

My mum went nuts when she found out and I never went back.

Understandable as I would have been, at most, 7 or 8.

She also (also understandably) went nuts when I told her Mr Newbury has dragged me out of the playground and into the classroom and, for want of a better word, spanked me repeatedly.

I had pushed Richard Charles over a low wall, but corporal punishment was illegal at point.

Amazingly, Google tells me, it had only become illegal a couple of years before, but it was illegal nonetheless.

Anyway, I’m digressing.

The other memory I have of going to Coxy’s house was that we played on his Sinclair computer.

I think my Dad had a BBC computer at that time, but this was the first time I’d played on a computer designed more for gaming.

We played something like Frogger, if I remember correctly.

It took about 15 minutes load the game.

We put it on before we went for tea, so it was ready when we came back.

And each new level took several minutes to load.

Seems mental now.

But that was just what it was back then.

We’ve become so used to things being pretty much instant now that it can be frustrating when they aren’t.

We can get most stuff we want delivered to our house tomorrow or downloaded instantly rather than having to send a postal order and wait 28 days (I genuinely used to do this for games on my Atari STE).

We can find the answer to our questions in seconds, rather than having to go to the library or write into a magazine.

Everything feels so instant that, when things aren’t, it’s super easy to lose motivation and to get distracted by other “shiny objects”.

Weight loss takes time.

We’re all for high return on investment activities and quick progress (especially to start).

But to get all the way to where we want to will take months or years overall.

Changing habits can take time.

It can be much quicker by approaching habit change in a structured way (check the Learn tab if you’re a member or just apply ( or join ( if you’re not) than if you just tell yourself “I know what I need to do, I just need to do it”.

Changes to health, fitness, energy levels, mood, mental health and everything else takes time.

The same time they took in back in the 80s (or at any other point)………..

But everything else has got so much quicker.

The thing is though………..

We can’t really save that time.

Short of dying, we’re getting to a few months or a year or two down the line.

We can either have made those changes and be benefitting from the results they bring.

Or we can have not made them and still be where we are now.

Or worse.

Our choice.

Let’s make the progress as quick as we can with changes we’re happy to make (check with us if you’re not sure what those changes might be)………….

But accept that it takes time.

And it’s worth it.

Much love,

Jon ‘I want to say it was “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, but I’m not sure’ Hall


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.