The Red Check Shirt Fitness Programme

I’m hereby officially inventing and claiming ownership of The Red Check Shirt Fitness Programme.

Red Checked Shirt

It’s a fitness programme specifically for dads over the age of 30 (well over in my case) who are partial to beer. Dads who don’t have time in their day to day routine for things like jogging or the gym. But why the name?

The Shirt

When I was in my 20s, I had a red check shirt. I loved that red check shirt. It was pretty plain, not a designer label, but it fit me and I liked it. That shirt is long gone and, to be honest, I’d pretty much forgotten about it. Recently, though, I saw a red check shirt and the memory came back.

Red Shirt

I went to eBay on an impulse and found a pretty good copy of that shirt and ordered it. It arrived fairly sharpish, and I couldn’t wait to put it on. It was looking good until I started to button it up. The first two or three buttons were fine, but the rest were not having any of it.

For me to continue with the rest of the buttons, I would have had to stretch that material & remaining buttons to the point at which it probably wouldn’t have looked like a shirt anymore. It would have looked more like a red check handkerchief that somebody had laid on top of a beached whale to try and shade it from the sun. ie Pitiful.

The Diet

So, the point of this diet is to get into that red check shirt. But not just for the shirt. That would be crazy, if I was changing my lifestyle for one shirt from eBay. Please don’t take that away from this post. It’s not that good a shirt.  The shirt has become representative of what I can’t do because of my extra belly fat.

My paternal ascending line has a history of heart problems. My youngest kids are 5 & 6 and I want to be able to keep up with them as I get older (I’m currently 45). I have acid reflux problems and recurring shoulder & neck pain which would no doubt improve if I shifted some of this extra poundage around my middle.

As you can see, I have plenty of reason to shift the chub. I have tried before but nothing stuck.

So, I am developing my own diet. My own process to get healthy. I’m not aiming to be Mr Universe. I just want to be able to walk up three flights of stairs without losing my breath, and to fit into that damn iconic shirt. I’m creating The Red Check Shirt Fitness Programme.

The Next Step

I’d be lying if I said all the fine details worked out. Some harsher critics may say that this diet is little more than a bunch of half-arsed ideas thrown together for the sake of a blog post. Damn critics.

What is happening next is that I will be testing out various gadgets, exploring fitness options, checking out exercise aids and health monitoring alternatives, starting in January. I’ll be visiting BUPA for a health check in early February, and charting my own progress with The Red Check Shirt Fitness Programme. I’ll also be speaking to health and fitness experts to find out if I’m on the right track.

You can follow this project throughout 2018 here on Looking for the Postman. Join in! I’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in taking part / contributing.


  1. 15 December 2017

    You can do this. I think January is a great time to become the people that we really want to be for ourselves x

  2. 15 December 2017

    Coming up with something that works for you is the best way of finding a way of losing weight that is longer lasting 🙂

  3. 15 December 2017

    Well good luck to you lovely and can not wait to keep track on your progress.

  4. 16 December 2017

    What an awesome story! I’m glad that you have found the motivation and that you reach out to help others like yourself. Good for you!

  5. Baby Isabella
    16 December 2017

    We wish you the best of luck with this in 2018. My daddy used to have a red checked shirt somewhere! x

  6. 16 December 2017

    I know the feeling of buying a new item only to not completely fit in it like my recent jeans perfect size but couldn’t button them.
    Good luck with your fitness goals

  7. 16 December 2017

    Good luck with the red checked shirt fitness program, I look forward to hearing about the results

  8. 16 December 2017

    The second shirt would look excellent on the right frame. Inspiration for a healthy lifestyle right there.

  9. 17 December 2017

    Best of luck with your goal and I hope you get to fit into that red check shirt too. I love those style of shirts!

  10. 17 December 2017

    Ooh good luck to you! I’m sure you will do it with some determination and hard work!

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