Anyone who has ever weighed more than they would like to understands just how much determination and self-discipline it can take to shed those pesky pounds.
Like many teenagers, James Tilley enjoyed chowing down on junk food, including plenty of pizza lunches. At just 16-years-old, he weighed in at 17-stone consuming 5,000 calories each day.
▪M Y – M O T I V A T I O N▪ Never Going Back… Only Forwards Recently there has been a few articles posted about my transformation including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and Daily Star which I find all a bit crazy because Its all just been a life journey for me learning along the way. It gives me a firm reminder of how far I've come and what I have managed to achieve in the previous 8 years or so. It isnt a quick fix… Its determination and consistency that has got me this far and I WILL continue pushing to better myself and hopefully motivate others. I'm just an average guy with a f***ing stubborn mindset, if 1/1000 people even have a tickle of motivation from this then I'm a happy man I have had some great feedback so far about how it has motivated others to better their lifestyle and take on their own challenges. I can't thank everyone enough for the kind words ??. Now time for a coffee and a Monday night chill • • • #Motivation #Transformation #MotivationMonday #Life #Goals #SG #Gym #WorkHard #fitnesslifestyle #diet #nutrition #fit #healthy #fitnessmotivation #FitnessJourney #Powerlifting #Physique #muscle #Workout #exercise #fitfam #fitspo #fitlife #gymtime #shredded #weightlossjourney #weightloss #instafit #dietlife #aesthetic
He was the class clown at school, but beneath his funny exterior, he was severely lacking in self esteem. He felt too conscious about his size to go swimming with his friends, and was way too shy to chat to girls.
Amazingly, James was able to drop 6.5 stone in the space of just 3 months, trimming an impressive ten inches from his waist in order to achieve his ambition of joining the Royal Marines.
James achieved this by curbing his binge eating and making sure to exercise every day. After his initial three month weight loss, James slimmed down to 10.5 stone, with a noticeably narrower 30 inch waist.
Motivated James was able to pass the intense selection tests, and proceeded to serve in the Royal Marines from 2011 to 2015, even becoming part of the elite Royal Marine Commandos.
▪S U N D A Y – V I B E S▪ It's that standard time on a Sunday night where everyone starts to dread the coming week just to get to another weekend… Ticking the weeks away and starting the next in the same position… See Monday as an oppertunity to set new targets, complete these through the week and hit the next Sunday feeling accomplished… Then repeat! You've got a life time to fill, thats a lot of weeks and a lot of oppertubuties to accomplish • • • #Sunday #Motivation #Business #Fitness #Lifestyle #WorkHard #NewGoals #SG #Gym #Bulkpowders #Youtube #fitnessjourney #fit #goals #fashion #aesthetic #muscle #model #instafit #fitfam #gymshark #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #diet #physique #tattoo #fitnessmodel #workout #fitlife #exercise
However, this was only the beginning of his fitness journey. At the age of 24, James is completely unrecognisable, with an extremely strong and athletic body.
Speaking with UNILAD, a now very muscly James has explained how his current healthy appearance is the result of hard work in the long-term:
The 6 and a half stone was a 12 week weight loss but to build up to now has taken many years of persistent hard gym work and keeping on top of my nutrition.
In regards to nutrition and supplementation I do remain natural and use natural supplements such as protein powders etc. to help meet my macronutrient and health needs.
James keeps up a high protein diet from online healthy retailer Musclefood.com. His meals include oats for breakfast and three servings of chicken & rice with a portion of eggs for his evening meal.
▪O B S E S S I O N▪ Something I have fallen guilty for in the past when it comes to my dieting, gym work and lifestyle… It really took over my life! This is now something I am finally overcoming after years of stress and self judgment with hope for a better future Some people see constant selfies as an act of a vain personality but for me these are visual markers and milestones that I can look back on and actually realise what is important and makes me happy as time goes on. I can finally say I am finding the healthy balance between fitness and a happy life. This is my CURRENT BODY shape which I can happily maintain with being social on weekends, eating pretty flexible and enjoying a training plan with variety. Finding a balance is pretty vital with keeping a healthy mind and body so don't become too narrow minded… I've learnt this the hard way It feels like the journey is continuing but also seeing the start of something new which I hope will open me more as a person and even potentially help motivate others • • • #RealTalk #Motivation #Obsessed #Transformation #Healthy #SelfieSunday #Youtube #SG #Gym #FitnessJourney #Powerlifting #Physique #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmotivation #diet #iifym #dietlife #fit #fitfam #fitspo #fitness #lifestyle #bodybuilding #gymlife #fitlife #nutrition #muscle #instafit #personaltrainer #Workout
James’ new found confidence has even brought romance into his life. He met his now fiancé Emma after she discovered his Instagram.
Emma is a hugely supportive part of James’ life in many ways, helping him to reach his goal of opening and running his own gym.
▪My Wonder Woman▪ It was a year ago today I first met this girl and since that day my life has took a massive turn for the better. Now in the happiest place I've been with a girl by my side who brings out the best in me. I can't belive how much we've achieved in this year together, here's to a pretty awesome future @emmataylor10 ?❤. Photo from last night's Christmas meal and drinks with a few friends ? #wonderwoman #happy #couple #relationship #love #funtimes #christmas #meal #nightout #drinks #lifestyle #future #goals #relationshipgoals #aimhigh #fitcouple #fitfam #fitspo #fitspiration #fitlife #gymlife #instafit #motivation #fitnessmotivation #lifestyle #aesthetics #youtube #blogger #business #gym
James is now happy to help others achieve their fitness transformations. As well as running Sui Generis Gym, he also has his own YouTube channel where he offers advice on all aspects of health and nutrition.
Check out James’ guide to pizza on a diet below:
James’ inspiring story just shows how you should never, ever give up on your ideal life.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.