The Story of two Brothers. From Fat to Fit together.

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Interview*

Today it is not about me.

Today it is not about Paleo.

It is about weightloss, about Freeletics and running and it is about brotherhood.

(German version: Hier klicken für die deutsche Version.)

I was able to interview Mark and Ian Kenna. Two brothers from Swindon, England. They lost more that 130kg together and are well known by many free athletes in the Freeletics universe. Now they have teamed up to run 2 Marathons in 1 Week and a bit later this spring an 100k Ultra Marathon and all of that for charity. (www.justgiving.com/kennabrothers)

This article is from April 2016. Here you find a tiny update about Ian and Mark.

 

Here is their story:

Question:
Hi Mark, Hi Ian! Lets start right into it. How the hell did the two of you lost so much weight?

Ian:
For me, it was never a diet. I felt like as soon as I started them, low fat diets, cutting down on takeaway food, Atkins diet, I fell off the wagon. That is why I had to look at it as a ‘lifestyle’ change. This is something I will do for the rest of my life, a lifestyle I could maintain and stick too.
Obviously within this plan came diet (what I eat on a daily basis), exercise, drinking habits, sleeping (rest) patterns and my day to day living all changed. From the small details including water intake, moving more, giving more time to the children (playing) to the bigger picture, which was my food & calorie intake, set exercise routines and in general moving more than I did.

Ian Kenna

Ian Kenna

Mark:
I basically changed my lifestyle over the past 115 weeks (yes I still count in weeks!) I initially stopped drinking alcohol, coffee and sugary drinks, fast foods, snack foods and processed foods. More fruit, veg and lean meats and decreasing portion sizes as well as drinking more water and introducing supplements. Of course, this was over a gradual process. The same with exercise. Started small, 10 minutes on the cross trainer 3 times a week, started running, found the Insanity DVD program, kettle bells then Freeletics and haven’t looked back since.

Mark Kenna

Mark Kenna

Question:
How much weight have you lost and how long dit it took you?

I have lost a total of 88.9kg – Ian

At my biggest, I was 116kg – Mark

Ian (6.1ft):
In total since March 2013 (165kg) I have lost a total of 88.9kg and now weigh a healthy 73 kg.

Mark (5.10ft):
At my biggest, I was 116kg when I started this journey back on the 4 January 2014. By 22 April 2015 (68 weeks later) I had dropped 42kg and now weigh 74kg.

Question:
Many people out there have their own weight issues, some  just want to loose a couple of pounds and some need to loose lots of weight to avoid serious health issues or maybe even weigh to less.
How was your state of health when you started your weight loss journey and how did you felt about yourself back then?

I hated the person I was – Ian

I had been unhappy for many years – Mark

Ian:
I have never answered this question out loud and is the first time I have shared this answer with anyone.
If I am being completely honest with you I hated the person I was. I was ‘Obese’, many professionals would say ‘morbidly obese’ and I covered my feelings up by smiling, making people laugh, and doing all I could to cover up the fact that I was suffering inside my own head. Every time I looked at myself in pictures, in the mirror, touched my stomach, or seen my own reflection I felt physically sick. On many occasions I remember just tearing at my stomach, bunching up the fat around my belly and physically attempting to pull at it as hard as I could. This would reduce me to tears and although I knew I was getting bigger by the day/week/month it didn’t stop me from eating and drinking myself stupid.
Walking into a shop to purchase clothing was embarrassing and looking for a shirt or t-shirt that was XXXL or pair of jeans/trousers that were a 44” waist was enough to make anyone feel depressed. I battled with depression and anxiety for many years and I always put this down to stress from work, life in general but looking back I believe that my weight was the reason behind me feeling this way. It’s a really strange thing to say but I understand when people say it ‘I eat because I am depressed, but I am fat because I eat too much’ It’s a viscous circle and when you are stuck in that mindset, it is hard to see the wood through the trees.
My health therefore suffered and alongside dealing with depression I had various scares with heart palpitations. This was down to ‘lifestyle’ choices and apart from slowly killing myself by putting extreme pressure on my heart and other vital organs by being overweight I suppose I felt ok. I was also a heavy smoker so this must not have been helping matters too.
With no exercise as part of my daily routine I was unfit, unhealthy, overweight, unhappy and in general fed up with my life and the way I was leading it.

Mark:
I had been unhappy for many years with my weight and my quality of life. I was gaining weight, eating too much fast food and lots of snack foods as well as drinking almost every night. In my mind, I wanted to get back to my wedding day weight, physic and the way I looked and felt back in 1999. I was training 4/5 times a week, I was fit and healthy and could wear clothes that fit me well and looked good. However, life takes over and what with my job, traveling internationally, working random hours I had 12 years without a real routine. I got into bad habits and when I decided to start a company, worked even more hours, worked from home so I stopped cycling to work which was my only real regular exercise and started drinking more to to relax me quickly. This was poor habit that just increased and the more I drink, the more I eat, my body just craves carbohydrates and really bad ones, such as toast, biscuits and crisps. I would sometimes eat 2-3 packets of crisps at a time, in one bag, filled up with salted peanuts! The more i drank and ate, the more I felt depressed and desperately wanted to break out of it, but just ate and drank more instead of doing something about it. The challenge just seemed too much of a momentous task…but I knew something inside of me was telling me that it was now or never. I could be fat and unhappy, or I could change my lifestyle for good and move on.

Mark and Ian

Mark and Ian today

Question
:
For me better health was a factor to start loosing weight, but the #1 reason at first for me was clearly to look better. How was that for you? What was your #1 reason to start loosing weight?

Mark:
I guess it was the same for me. I wanted to be fit and healthy, I am a father of 3 and could see that my quality of life was effecting my family. I would sit down whenever I could, I didn’t want to go out much, just too much of an effort.
I remember one walk with old school friends was quite challenging and my mates were pushing me from behind to get me up a big hill, I felt so terrible when I was at the top. Not having the chance to enjoy it.
I would have to hold my breath to put on my socks and regularly topple over, which sounds funny, but it really wasn’t. I would play on the Wii with the kids and I remember them saying ‘come on Dad, your Wii fit man is getting fat’. I would go shopping for clothes and dreaded it as I would look for the purple hangers with elasticated waist bands and used to hide the hanger showing the size when paying for them. This wasn’t me, but it was.
I was starting a business, I needed to look good, feel good, I needed energy to keep me and my team going. If I couldn’t respect myself, how could others. This coupled with my poor quality of life that was effecting my family, friends and finance (it isn’t cheap to eat and drink so much!) So number 1, like you was to look better, feel good and give a presence of professionalism in my business.

Mark Kenna

Mark in 2014

Ian:
I remember looking at my daughter Phoebe (who was nearly 3 years old) and another child on the way I remember thinking to myself, If I don’t change my lifestyle I will never have the opportunity to walk my children down the isle, I will never meet my grandchildren. I had no other motivation apart from wanting to see my children grow up, well at first this was the case anyway. It was enough to give me the kick start I needed. It wasn’t until I did start to lose weight that I started to feel better about myself, started to look better for loosing weight, started getting comments from people noticing my journey that I started to enjoy the feel good factor of looking and feeling fitter. I have never worried about looks, but now take more pride in my appearance, feel like I have a spring in my step, feel full of life and fitter.

Ian now and then

Ian now and then

Question:
Was there a key moment when your journey started when you finally decided to pull it through this time?

I WILL do this – Ian

Ian:
I was 100% committed to changing my life for the better, but it wasn’t until January 2014 when my brother Mark Kenna said he was going to join my journey, that I thought ‘I WILL do this’ I have always looked up to my brother, he is and has been my inspiration my whole life. Growing up I wanted to be him, everything he put his mind too he did with 110% commitment and enthusiasm and I knew with him on board, there was NO way he would let me fail, nor fail himself. This was the moment I knew I could achieve whatever we both set out to achieve.

I have never looked back – Mark

Mark:
We were on a Christmas night out with the lads and whilst drinking beer, i started talking about giving up drinking for a month after Christmas, in the New Year. Whilst most of the guys though I had gone mad, one of my good friends said ‘only a month, I’m going to give up for 3 months’ so I decided to join him and we shook on it. We went away for the New Year and another friend of mine his wife is very fit and was getting a team for Tough Mudder in August 2014. I really wanted to do this. Our families went away over New Year and I was sitting in a cafe at the end of the break, looking at the Tough Mudder website and just decided there and then to book it. It was £100 at the time and I though that if I booked it, I would have to get fit, give up alcohol and loose weight to be able to compete a 21km obstacle race in 8 months time. From this day onwards, I have never looked back. Everything fell into place. We had one last drink for my brothers birthday on 3 January 2014 and towards the end of that night, we both stopped drinking. By then my brother had already lost 6 stone and I know that by sticking close to him, doing what he was doing, to loose weight and get fit was possible, he’d already done it, giving me confidence that I could do it. Incidentally, my mate never did give up drinking for 3 months, I lasted for 4.5 months in the end which did really help me in the early stages. I am an all or nothing kinda guy.

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Question:
Have you had tried to loose weight before and if yes, what went wrong?

Ian:
Yes, I have tried before, at the age of 21 I had pilled on the lbs and set out with a friend to lose weight. Again though this was part of a competition with my Brother Mark to get to a certain weight before the other one does. I lost my weight, but never stuck at it. It was only 3/4 stone at that time and my heart was never really in committing to stay healthy for life.
What went wrong? Women are what went wrong. I got comfortable in a relationship and obviously with that come rubbish food in front of the TV and complacency. Take away food 5/6 nights a week combined with drinking 10-15 pints of beer 5 nights a week took its toll.

Mark:
For my wedding I lost 3 stone, gained muscle and felt great. I joined a gym with my wife and followed a weight-training program given to me by the Personal Trainer. It worked, but life got in the way and I wouldn’t keep up the amount of gym classes. I lost focus on why I was there in the first place and I feel this is where many people go wrong. They reach their target, then go back to old ways and over a few years, you’re back to where you started, without even realising until its too late.

Why didn’t you tell me I was so big? – Ian

Question:
Some questions i often ask myself when i look back on old pictures are: How could you let it come this far? How could you let yourself go that much? 
So how could you?

Ian:
Now this one is controversial. Although I do look back and say ‘How can you let this happen?’ ‘Why are you eating, drinking this much?’ I also look to my family, friends and loved ones around me and ask ‘Why did you let me get like that?’ ‘Why didn’t you tell me I was so big?’ ‘Why were you allowing me to slowly kill myself?’ I honestly thought this for a while. I know that is bad, but I suppose I was looking for others to blame. I do believe that if someone close to me had said ‘Ian, I am worried about you and your weight’ in a constructive way, then I would have listened. At the time you just don’t see it. You are blind to the fact that you are getting so big.

Mark:
I think to have someone to keep an eye on you is a great idea. My bro is really good at that. We still drink, although not as much as we used to, it’s all about that life balance, that quality of life. To do what you want to do whilst juggling what you have to do. To have fitness and a good diet as part of your lifestyle, making this priority seems too much to others, but it really is a way of life and you can always go back to basics, limited portions, reduce drinking and keep moving. I will never let myself get like that again, it’s such a dark place that effects not only me, but my wife and children and work in such a negative way. Plus, the quality of life that I now have is an unexpected bonus. I still keep a fitness diary, weigh myself once a week and tinker with my diet. Food is now my new friend and my fuel for my performance.

I will never let myself get like that again! – Mark

Question
:
Now that we went the dark places, lets get back to bright and shiny. Today the two of you are not just thinner but also very fit, Sixpack and all! How did that happen and were you any kind of active Person before?

Mark:
Haha, yes Question, but sometimes we have to go to those dark places before we decide to do something about it. It’s almost that life-dynamic that forces you to do something about it. That uncomfortable zone where you’re forced to choose ‘fight or flight’. I did play sports at school. I played rugby for the school, I held the 400m school record for the school. After school I then played for local rugby clubs on a Sunday and also played football for a few local teams, although I enjoyed it. I never trained and just enjoyed the game. We would play tennis and football daily when we younger, living near a sports club. So looking back, I guess I’ve always been active. I cycled everywhere. It’s not surprising that stopping for 18 months and doing nothing can have the effect it had on my body.

Ian:
As a child/teenager I was very fit. Represented my county at schoolboy level in football and was a very fast sprinter. I spent my whole childhood with a football at my feet. It wasn’t until a ligament injury to my knee at 16 that I stopped playing sport. After this age I drifted in and out of football/rugby teams but found the love for the girls and chose them over friends/sport.
It has only been since January 2014 that I started looking at new ways to exercise. I decided to enter the Bristol 10km in March 2014 and had 8 weeks to prepare for it. I started by doing couch to 5km, then 5km-10km and it kind of took the backseat when I discovered circuit training, cycling and Freeletics.
For me the journey was just too loose weight, and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would build any muscle or get physically fit. I stumbled upon Freeletics in August 2014 and instantly fell in love with it. For me it was an instant attraction. I have always hated gym equipment as it bored me to tears.
The burn after and feeling for the next 2 days was enough to convince me that it was doing something to my body, something that circuits, running, squash was no longer giving me so I decided to give it a try. This alongside a new love for cycling, circuit training with a good friend Josh and squash with Mark was my life for many months and it wasn’t until I started to see muscles appearing that I craved more and wanted more.

Mark and Ian train together

Mark and Ian train together

Question:
You are planning to run 2,5 Marathons this Spring and also wanna do a 100k Ultra Marathon! And all of that for charity, to raise money for UK Cancer Research. Tell us what this is all about?

Ian:
Well, I always wanted to do something I had never done before and although I don’t enjoy running as much as other exercises, liked the idea of a challenge. It initially started out with me applying for the London Marathon 2016 to run on behalf of Cancer Research UK. The reason I chose to do this was because my father lost his sister to Cancer in May 2015 and I wanted to support the charity her family chose to financially support at her funeral. I wanted to run in her memory and do my bit to raise money for a good cause along the way. Of course, Mark being Mark would not allow me to do this alone. He has been by my side every step of my journey and as soon as I mentioned the fact that I was doing it, he too applied to run the London Marathon with me.
From there, me being me and wanting to rise to the challenge I decided that it would be a great idea to also run the Brighton Marathon (7 days before the London) as how hard can it be right? And for good measure as we are already training for these I thought it a good idea to do the Bath Half Marathon also……..Oh how wrong I could be about it being a breeze…….I have had many challenges throughout my journey, but this is by far is the hardest challenge I have ever faced. From someone who had only ever ran a top distance of 10km to running 2 ½ marathons and already clocked up 665km over 15 weeks of training, this is hard.
It was at a meeting with Cancer Research UK in January that I decided to shake hands with a member of their sports team to seal the deal to run ‘Race to the stones’ (100km over 2 days in July) When the temptation to do once in a lifetime events such at this arise, I don’t even think about the consequences, I am there and the look of horror on Mark’s face when I said ‘I’m in’ was PRICELESS. Of course, he didn’t take much persuasion and he too agreed to take part.
I want to make my family proud and feel that by doing these events I can also do good by raising money along the way. No amount of pain and suffering during my training and on event days will ever come close to the pain and suffering millions of people and their families across the world go through on a daily basis when dealing with Cancer and that is my motivation to do all I can for Cancer Research, so one day we can say ‘together we can beat cancer’

 

Kenna Brothers Supporting Cancer Research UK

Kenna Brothers Supporting Cancer Research UK – Facebook Page

Mark:
Well, as part of fitness journey, we’ve always undertaken a certain amount of challenges which have turned into events and now even bigger challenges, that maybe wasn’t possible when we were bigger. It’s strange as at first, you do these exercises because they get you fit, but when your fit, it’s no longer enough that they keep you fit, you constantly look to push yourself and for me, events are a great way of having that bigger goal in which you set smaller goals to achieve that.
A marathon is a real big challenge for us as humans. It’s an unnatural distance for us to run and although I’ve never really been a runner, as a new found runner, the marathon is the ultimate event to conquer. However, as with everything my brother suggests, it’s never as straight forward as one marathon. I had already booked my second Tough Mudder which my bro was joining me and a 30km obstacle race (Bear Grylls Ultimate Survivor in October) so 2015 was out for me. On the 7 September 2015, I received my Golden Bond place for the London Marathon through CRUK. I was a little nervous but very happy to get a place as it is one of the biggest marathons in the world. By November, we were looking at plans and had it all sorted by December. We would start 17 week training plan from 27 December and run 2.5 marathons to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Charity link: https://www.justgiving.com/kennabrothers

Question:
You did a big Black Tie Charity event? How was that like?

Mark:
The Black-tie event was a real success. We had 120 people turn up and support the event, everyone was wearing tux and bow tie, it was a 6hr event with food, drink, raffle, auction and dance. We raised £4.7k to add to our total of £7.3k. Our fundraising total was £5k so we smashed our fundraising target before we have even ran a marathon.

Mark and Ian at their Black Tie Event

Mark and Ian at their Black Tie Event

Question:
If someone wants to help in a different way then giving money, do you have an idea what he or she could do?

Ian:
People can help in so many ways. Donating is just one way of doing so but as I say given us a chance to get our story out there is helping, sharing our posts is helping, encouragement helps, getting discount off running trainers and sports gear helps.
Anything that helps us raise money is a massive help even the small things makes a massive difference.

Question:
I probably lost weight for about 3 years but still get fitter and people still tell me that i look skinnier then the last time they saw me, even though i don’t lose any more weight and also don’t significantly reduced my body fat, does that happen to you to?

Ian:
I am fitter now than I have ever been and still losing weight (Not planned weighloss) through long distance running I am struggling to maintain my weight. It’s getting better now but I found it a struggle as the hours on the road increased. I always get comments from people ‘you have gone to far’ or ‘you are looking too skinny’. ‘Where has all your muscle gone’ People will always have an opinion and that’s exactly what it is, an opinion. In my opinion I am happy with my weight, I know I have lost about 1/2 or ¾ stone to much, but in my opinion I will get that back once I have stopped burning through my muscle, training and running. In my opinion, I am fit, healthy and feel great so again they are entitled to their opinion.

Mark:
Not too much as I tend not to get too skinny. I’m currently 174lb but if I get below 164lb, then people do say I’m a little drawn out in my cheeks and face. However, for me, thats when my abs start to show, but I know I cannot maintain this lower weight for a sustained period of time, as long as I’m below 168b Im happy, however after the marathons, its all about % bodayfat for me. I really want defined abs and I know that is an unnatural state to be in, so a lower body fat is required, I have to work hard to cut carbs and maintain this look. It doesn’t seem realistic to maintain all year round. Im starting to realise this and shape up for summer, whilst maintaining strength all year year round.

Question:
What do you think was more important in the end, nutrition or sports or is it a combination?

Ian:
Lifestyle is important. A healthy balance of living life to the best of your ability and giving you and others around you a better quality of life. Lifestyle covers all angles, nutrition, exercise, family life, friends, work life balance covers every aspect of a healthy lifestyle for me.

Mark:
I think they are both important and have always gone hand in hand with one another. The more you train, the better you eat, the less you train, the worse you eat. I believe that the health benefits of exercising regularly and eating a good diet is something everyone should be doing. For me, it’s all about making slow changes that replace bad habits with good habits, don’t be too hard on yourself, have fun and don’t restrict yourself to a diet as such. This goes for workouts too.

Question:
How do you eat today and why?

Ian:
I would say that I eat low carb, complex carbs anyway. My foods work around my day to day life, carbs for pre running, protein for recovery, natural sugars for energy, low fat foods and nothing processed. I like to eat clean, fresh and as often as I can.
White meats, salad, vegetables, wholegrain, fish, fruit and foods that I know will give me the right amount of energy and goodness so I can train on a daily basis. I still eat out, sometimes but always look toward a healthy option rather than the fatty option. Portion sizes also play a big part in my controlled eating and when I am full, I simply do not eat anymore. Before this journey I would needlessly eat, and eat, and eat until I couldn’t move. Now once I have finished eating I feel comfortable and satisfied.

Mark:
Today, I eat for the marathon. I have gone through the counting calories so i know how much I was eating and what I should be eating I think everyone should do this for at least 1 week. I did it for 14 weeks. So I know the nutritional values and portion sizes of most things. A great exercise but not a way of life. Its good to be aware of portion sizes, macro-nutrient and what that split should be for optimum results when it comes to your training and what your goals are. For marathon training, after avoiding carbs the past few years, I found it initially difficult to eat the right amount of carbs to give me energy. I have it right now, but it took time.

I was mentally and physically tired – Mark

Question:
Were there any setbacks during your transformation? Where you ever close to give up, if yes, what helped you through?

Ian:
Never give up! I have not even been close to wanting to stop. From day 1 I was 100% committed and knew with that focus I would not give in. I have binged more than I should have, during Xmas periods and summer nights in the sun, but always remained focused and just put that down to a healthy balance of life and clean eating/drinking. Everybody is entitled to let off steam, and I certainly do not intend to stop enjoying life just because I am highly addicted to feeling great and looking better than I did. If there is ever a dark place I just see that 25 ½ picture and that is enough to kick my ass back into gear.

Mark:
I guess the transformation took a lot longer than 15 weeks for me. It was more of a continuous journey that I was on since January 2014. I started FL in September 2014 and finished my HELLWEEK on Christmas week. The only day I had off was Christmas day and actually completed an extra 1,000 push-up challenge on Christmas eve in 42 mins. I felt strong and ready to take on the world. However, you want more, you reach your goals and set new ones, this is important. Then you reach those and there is no more goals and around week 30, I did feel a little lost. I needed more challenges and decided to focus on strength. I bought a weighted vest and incorporated this into my workouts. However, I also took on more challenges and at 40 weeks, it was all too much. I needed a break. I was mentally and physically tired and hence having the summer off last year (2015). However, what I should’ve done was to keep working out,  something light, 25% of my training would’ve worked, but starting back in September with a VO2MAX challenge and then the 30k OCR race, was a real shock to the body and my strength, it felt like week 7, not week 41. My bro has helped me through my come-back and I think we will keep each other on track from now on.

Never give up! – Ian

Question:
How important was it that you were doing this as brothers?

Ian:
It’s the most important factor. Mark is my inspiration, my healthy competition, my rock. We have had many times over the past 15 weeks where our heads just haven’t been right and I think without each other to look too, we wouldn’t be in the place we are now. Sure we would have still trained, but it’s been more enjoyable, we have had each other to bounce off, to advise and carry each other through. Mark is not only my brother but my best friend. Training is fun, we have had such a laugh along the way and you don’t get that training alone. It can be lonely when you are doing it on your own, but when you have your bro by your side every step of the way the impossible just doesn’t feel impossible, it becomes a reality.

Mark:
To do these marathons together was important as we really train well together. We compliment each other well and of course, the drive and sibling rivalry is always healthy between my bro and I. He is 7 years younger than me (Im 43) and I refuse to believe age is limiting. Age is just a number and as my bro would often say “build a bridge, get over it” haha, he’s great to train with. A real beast!

Question:
What has changed for you in your life since you look so fancy now?

Ian:
Buying stylish clothes, clothes that fit. Having your children say ‘My daddy used to be fat, but now he runs allot’ little things like that really for me. I don’t feel I have changed as a person, some may say I’m vein but I just like to take pride in the way I look now. It’s not for attention it’s just because I feel like I have worked hard to get where I am and like to feel good about myself.

Mark:
I guess, as well as looking good and feeling good, my wardrobe and my diet and my day to day life-style and prioritised time…lol; my frame of mind. I feel that anything is possible. My outlook on life had changed and I want to embrace my new quality of life as this is something I never thought I would have and now I have it. If I could show people what I felt like before, then bring them forward 56 weeks to my fitter state and what I had achieved in a relatively short space of time, people would buy this if they could. Its a small sacrifice to make for such long-term gains, but it’s so difficult to start and to make that difference. You have to be ready. I like to dream big, but realistic, work bloody hard and achieve something worthwile. It would be great to inspire others change their lives by showing them that it is possible to make a difference and not just to give up because its difficult. Also, to focus on more events, continuing to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research would be a great thing to do.

🙂

She was totally blown away – Ian

Question:
Can you tell a little story about when someone you know didn’t recognised you because you changed so much?

Ian:
I am a singer, an entertainer and went to a holiday park I sing at regularly. I hadn’t been to this particular place for 18 months and walked in to set up ready to perform. The lady (Sue) came over and said, can I ask why Ian Kenna was not attending this evening and why had I been sent as to replace him? It took me 25-30 mins to convince her that I was Ian Kenna and it was only after showing her pictures and telling her my story that she believed me. It was priceless and she was totally blown away. I still have to show people the photos now for them to believe I am who I say I am.

It’s a truly humbling experience – Mark

Mark:
changed so much?
I guess 6.5 stone isn’t a massive amount, plus I hid it well. However, when I started to ear nice clothes again, friends and family did start commenting on how good I looked and when I posted my before/after on New Years Eve 2015, I had so many comments and friends now who are also training hard. Even my Mum has lost wight and dropped dress sizes, this is great to see others joining the heathy lifestyle. It’s a truly humbling experience.

Mark today

Mark at last years summer

Carpe Diem – Ian

Question:
Now that we know a bit about your Jounrney and the obstacles on your way, tell us a bit about you. Who are you, were do you live and what do you do for a living, Family, Hobbies etc?

Ian:
I am a normal guy who lives day to day life as if it were my last. ‘Carpe Diem’ is the way I live my life. Through my weighloss journey I have learnt to like myself again and also become aware of the people around me that matter. I have realised what is important in my life and what is not.
I currently live in Swindon, where I have been living for 6 months with my wife Verity and 2 beautiful girls Phoebe 5, and Daisy 2. We moved here from Bristol to improve their quality of life as the family life here is more suitable for young families. I had been working in schools for 9 years, in an admin/learning mentor role and was not enjoying it. It was discussed and decided that my wife would prefer to get back out to work and I would become a house husband, giving me the opportunity to see my children grow up. Alongside this I am re-training as a personal trainer, something I am passionate about and hoping to be fully qualified in December 2016.
My hobbies consist of anything physical. I am addicted to any type of exercise and as soon as the children are in bed I run, do Freeletics, go to the gym, cycle or plan my next mental challenge.
I have fought my demons, in the past 15 years I have dealt with allot and still only being 36 years old. A failed marriage, the hassle and pain that comes with a broken relationship. A nasty break up and ongoing fight to see my other 2 children from the previous marriage. It has all contributed to making me the person I am today and hopefully day by day I will continue to learn by mistakes. Do I have any regrets? No, I simple don’t believe in regrets. These things have happened and I made the choice to allow them to happen. I have to deal with the consequences now and ensure that I make the right choices moving forward in order to give my family a happy life.

Ian today

Ian today

Mark:
My name is Mark Kenna, I am 43 years old and I live in Swindon, England with my Wife Lisa and we have 3 children, Lucia is 14, Naomi 12 and Jay 10. I own my own film company that specialises in horror feature films and I am a film producer. www.badbloodfilms.com.
I am currently raising finance for a British horror ‘Facility 31’ www.facility31movie.com and hope to go into production in the summer 2016.
I am also a Film Sound Consultant working in Scandinavian film studios and teach film sound in Norway and Estonia and have been working for Dolby Laboratories for 12 years previous to owning my film company. For my complete BIO, check out those linke:

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Mark Kenna IMDB

Mark Kenna was the difference – Ian

Last question:
What is it in the end that made you succeed in loosing weight and becoming so fit, that wasn’t there before. What made the difference? What was the key factor?

Ian:
Mark Kenna was the difference. That man has been with me every step of the way and continued to inspire me on a daily basis. I owe my life to that man and thank him for giving me a quality of life me and my family can enjoy

You are never promised ANOTHER day – Mark

Mark:
I think the key this time around was that the weightloss process was slow and steady. It was a sustainable, lifestyle change, not just a diet and not for a specific reason such as getting married. It’s all about that life balance and as my 10yr old boy would say ‘YOLO’ You only live once,~~~~ or as my bro would say
‚carpe diem‘ – ’seize the day‘
„So for every day that you’re on this earth, for every minute that you have, the whole idea is doing nothing less than exactly what you feel you’re supposed to do and squeezing every last drop out of life every day, regardless of the difficulties or trials that you face.“………..“You are never promised ANOTHER day“ (Ryan Tedder)

Dennis: Thanks so much Ian and Mark and good legs for your Marathons and what ever may come. I owe you!

 

*Update:

Mark and Ian ran the Brigthon and the London Marathon together. Now they will face their biggest race so far. The Race to the Stones on July 16-17. 100k in two days. They also passed their first funding goal and now are trying to raise 10000 Pounds! Good Luck to you guys!!!

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Youtube Video of their Marathon Training:

*Mark and Ian answered the questions of this interview seperatly and in english. The text was shortened by the author, Dennis Holzberg.