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How It All Began...

How It All Began...

Hi I'm Harrison and I'm 13 years old.

Back in 2015 I noticed that, even though I was growing a lot I was starting to put on a bit of weight and growing in the wrong places. I was a bit worried that it was starting to be a bit of a problem!  Like any young kid my first big problem was that I was more interested in what was on TV and my Xbox than getting outside and exercising. My second big problem is that I LOVE food and I loved eating, the good stuff and the bad stuff, and to make things worse, I liked eating lots of it!

I started to notice at school that some of the other kids could run faster than me, that they were always picked for sporting teams before me and that exercise was more difficult for me. Sadly it got worse with name calling which wasn't very nice and upset me a lot.

So after a bad day, I decided to speak to my Mom about it and I am so glad I did. It was a great relief when Mom said she would help me. We sat down and started to search the web. We Googled lots of different things such as "help for teenage weight loss" and although there was some stuff out there, it wasn't really written for a kid like me. There were very few exercise ideas that I thought I could do to help me get fitter.  

We had a long chat and my Mom explained that she was worried about me too. She not only wanted me to be happy but she also told me she was concerned about the health risks of me putting on more weight - I decided I needed to change! I was going to get fit and healthy. We knew it wouldn't be easy and it wouldn't happen overnight. We knew it would be a journey.

To help me stay motivated we decided to record my journey on social media. It was a big decision, but I knew it would help inspire me not to give up and make a real change to my life. I also decided that if I could motivate and inspire other kids to join me on my journey, it would just be amazing!

Who, What, Where and When

I'm really lucky to have had great support on my journey. All my family got onboard with my plan and have supported me 100%. My mom had explained that what we needed to do, wasn't about a diet, or doing something short term". Instead it's "simply the way we live our life from now on".  I've met some great people on my journey. My first hero has to be Chris and Emma, who own a fitness company near me called Evofit. You may have seen on my instagram account?  They've been amazing at help and motivate me and help me get active and improve my fitness. I have one on one sessions with Chris, and go to Emma's bootcamp with Mom.

We also decided that I needed to think more about what I was eating so I started to complete a food diary. This was a real eye opener.  I got ticks for good food and crosses for not so good food, I had to reduce the number of crosses each week.

Since starting my journey, I have had loads of support and many people ask me "how much weight have you lost?" I've learnt to understand that it's not about the weight as much as it's about my body fat percentage my fitness and health. So I tell them that of course I'm still growing and my weight will increase as I grow, but as long as my body fat is coming down, we are happy with that!

It's been an amazing journey so far...

BBC Radio 1 - Teen Hero 2017

In October 2017 I won a BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero award and WOW what an experience it was! When 6 weeks early I first found out that I had won the award for "being amazing and inspiring kids and adults across the world to get fit and healthy", I simply could not believe it and the whole experience was out of this world

 A couple of weeks before the awards I had a surprise day in London where I met some of my hero's such as Cel Spellman, Oli White and Arg off Towie! We all played a football match against my own team - I had no idea this was going to happen and it was great to experience it all with my friends!

The week of the teen awards I went to Kensington Palace to meet Prince William and Prince Harry. I was really nervous but super excited and as I thought, they were both really nice and knew a lot about my mission. I was amazed at how far I had come and how really important people were listening, supporting and encouraging me.

I also had a tour around Radio 1 studios!

The teen awards were on 22nd October at Wembley Arena - the teen hero's got to meet most of the acts in our own special room. I went on to the stage in front of 10,000 people and live on TV to collect my award it was amazing. No doubt about it the best day ever!

Meeting the Royals