Has anyone seen my sack of Potatoes?

 

I'm currently at my lightest weight for over 20 years having lost more than 25 kilos (the same as a sack of potatoes). The difference this has made has been astounding. After being so overweight for so long you forget what it feels like not to have every movement be an effort, and I still have another 35 kilos to go to get to my target weight! I think another year should do it, even if the weight loss does slow down the more I lose or if I get too relaxed (as happened last month) about portion sizes and the amount of cheese, nuts and dark chocolate I occasionally consume! 

After taking probably 90% of my clothes to the recycling centre this week I'll be looking to buy some natty threads for the next tour (lol) - just joking, probably black jeans and t-shirts again. 

The 90 minutes of walking a day combined with cutting out refined sugars, ready meals and most alcohol while limiting my overall carb intake are probably the things that are still making the most difference to my weight loss.It's not always possible to keep the momentum up when dieting but I really think a week or two of not losing weight isn't the end of the world. It really is a long term change you have to make if it's going to stick. 

In the current state of the world it's easy to succumb to the 'pandemic blues' and I think losing weight is my way of taking the opportunity to make a very positive change in my life and not to give in to those feelings. Even with all uncertainty about the future, I'm very optimistic about the making of the new Marillion album, my 'Revontulet' solo album and a couple of other projects I've started work on. I can't wait to play live again, both with Marillion and the Steve Rothery Band.

52 comments

  • Craig Nielsen
    Craig Nielsen Newcastle upon Tyne
    Well done Steve, you're doing fantastically.

    Well done Steve, you're doing fantastically.

  • Smo
    Smo Usa
    Come to south Florida this winter. Lots of great places for your 90 minute walks. If you get around Hutchinson Island I can take you kayaking on the intracoastal for even more exercise. Or possibly surfing on our coast!!

    Come to south Florida this winter.
    Lots of great places for your 90 minute walks. If you get around Hutchinson Island I can take you kayaking on the intracoastal for even more exercise.
    Or possibly surfing on our coast!!

  • Petek
    Petek Canada
    I love reading your open and honest updates about your journey. You're an inspiration! Well done on your success so far. Now if you could send over some of that motivation my way, that would be great! 😁

    I love reading your open and honest updates about your journey. You're an inspiration! Well done on your success so far. Now if you could send over some of that motivation my way, that would be great! 😁

  • Dennis
    Dennis Orlando
    Fantastic !!! You are an inspiration.

    Fantastic !!! You are an inspiration.

  • Jester
    Jester France
    Hi Steve ! Good job ! Congrats ! (I've lost 12kg and have 24 more to loose, eye of the tiger man ! I'm with you !)

    Hi Steve ! Good job ! Congrats !
    (I've lost 12kg and have 24 more to loose, eye of the tiger man ! I'm with you !)

  • Mike Hall
    Mike Hall Rugeley, Staffs.GB
    Well done Steve, great effort.👍

    Well done Steve, great effort.👍

  • Al
    Al Disley
    Well done, Steve, how many guitars does it take to make a sack o spuds then?

    Well done, Steve, how many guitars does it take to make a sack o spuds then?

  • Gary
    Gary Dunstable
    Hi Steve, What an amazing thing to achieve well done keep going and hope to see you live at some gig soon PMA 💪

    Hi Steve,
    What an amazing thing to achieve well done keep going and hope to see you live at some gig soon PMA 💪

  • Paul McGee
    Paul McGee Dublin
    Well done Steve. You are a great role model for effective change. Congrats on your will power and focus during such challenging times.

    Well done Steve. You are a great role model for effective change. Congrats on your will power and focus during such challenging times.

  • Bobby Conary
    Bobby Conary Maine, USA
    Nice work! I’ve been overweight for most of my adult life and diabetic now for about 6 years. With a change of meds, walks most days and cutting out some of the higher carb foods since the start of the pandemic, I’ve lost 57 pounds (25.85 kilos?) and kept them off so far. It’s great to hear people say how good I look now, and more fun when they don’t recognize me. A few are suspicious and think I am sick with some raging disease. Winter is fast approaching and we’re looking for other options for walking outside. Oddly enough we’ve never been what you’d call exercisers, and now are starting to plot rearranging our house to fit in gym style equipment. Keep up the good work Steve!

    Nice work! I’ve been overweight for most of my adult life and diabetic now for about 6 years. With a change of meds, walks most days and cutting out some of the higher carb foods since the start of the pandemic, I’ve lost 57 pounds (25.85 kilos?) and kept them off so far. It’s great to hear people say how good I look now, and more fun when they don’t recognize me. A few are suspicious and think I am sick with some raging disease. Winter is fast approaching and we’re looking for other options for walking outside. Oddly enough we’ve never been what you’d call exercisers, and now are starting to plot rearranging our house to fit in gym style equipment. Keep up the good work Steve!

  • Peter D’Amore
    Peter D’Amore Waukesha, WI
    Hi Steve, Congrats on making positive changes, it’s really hard to do during this time. You’re inspiring to me. I’m going for a walk right now and will be listening to music, as “headphones time” is more motivating to me than the walking part. :) Do you listen to your current album workings/demos/mixes during that 90 minutes? I did this for years, and finished an album, which I was honored to hand to you in 2016. Hope you got to hear it, or even enjoyed it. I love the planetarium video shoot you did, and am very much looking forward to your next release. Cheers!

    Hi Steve,
    Congrats on making positive changes, it’s really hard to do during this time. You’re inspiring to me.
    I’m going for a walk right now and will be listening to music, as “headphones time” is more motivating to me than the walking part. smile
    Do you listen to your current album workings/demos/mixes during that 90 minutes?
    I did this for years, and finished an album, which I was honored to hand to you in 2016.
    Hope you got to hear it, or even enjoyed it.
    I love the planetarium video shoot you did, and am very much looking forward to your next release. Cheers!

  • Richard Jennings
    Richard Jennings Newcastle upon Tyne
    Well done Steve - this is my aim too but to reverse type 2 diabetes. Good luck and best wishes for continued success. 👍

    Well done Steve - this is my aim too but to reverse type 2 diabetes. Good luck and best wishes for continued success. 👍

  • Eric De Sena
    Eric De Sena White Plains NY USA
    Bravo Steve! I think covid has had a silver lining. Many people, such as yourself, focused on health and strengthening ourselves in body and mind. Looking forward to new music. And hopefully Marillion will leap over the Atlantic once travel is safe. Best wishes, Eric

    Bravo Steve!
    I think covid has had a silver lining. Many people, such as yourself, focused on health and strengthening ourselves in body and mind.
    Looking forward to new music. And hopefully Marillion will leap over the Atlantic once travel is safe.
    Best wishes, Eric

  • Brian Ward
    Brian Ward Stockport
    Great News Steve, well done on sticking with it, it’s hard work to lose that much and in a pretty short space of time too. Will slimline fingers result in some even more heart rending guitar solos??!! I sure hope so ! With all that’s going on in the world, knowing that we have your work to look forward to is like a shining beacon of hope at the end of a very long tunnel of poo!!!😁

    Great News Steve, well done on sticking with it, it’s hard work to lose that much and in a pretty short space of time too. Will slimline fingers result in some even more heart rending guitar solos??!! I sure hope so ! With all that’s going on in the world, knowing that we have your work to look forward to is like a shining beacon of hope at the end of a very long tunnel of poo!!!😁

  •  Paul Forrester
    Paul Forrester
    Well done. You are an inspiration to us. Good luck on the path ahead and stay safe.

    Well done. You are an inspiration to us. Good luck on the path ahead and stay safe.

  • Ian Marillion Madeley
    Ian Marillion Madeley Manchester
    Inspirational ! Well done Rothers 🎸👍

    Inspirational !
    Well done Rothers 🎸👍

  • Jon D
    Jon D Kent, UK
    I lost 27kg last year.. 7kg has crept back on so I am kicking in to 'super careful' mode. You are an inspiration mate!

    I lost 27kg last year.. 7kg has crept back on so I am kicking in to 'super careful' mode. You are an inspiration mate!

  • Lindsay Stewart
    Lindsay Stewart Wishaw
    Well done

    Well done

  • Nigel G
    Nigel G Cumbria uk
    Great title for a new concept album.... 👍

    Great title for a new concept album.... 👍

  • Chris Lambertus
    Chris Lambertus
    fantastic job!

    fantastic job!

  • Sue Stopps
    Sue Stopps Aylesbury
    Congratulations, Steve! We're looking forward to seeing you back on stage before too long.

    Congratulations, Steve! We're looking forward to seeing you back on stage before too long.

  • Fabio Massimo Ciminiello
    Fabio Massimo Ciminiello Rome
    Well done, master! That reminds me a Marillion song called “Torch song” and Dr. Finlay’s advice: if you maintain this lifestyle you won’t reach 30..... well you will reach a century now!

    Well done, master! That reminds me a Marillion song called “Torch song” and Dr. Finlay’s advice: if you maintain this lifestyle you won’t reach 30..... well you will reach a century now!

  • Pep
    Pep Corbera, Catalonia
    Hi Steve, It is great to hear your story of patience, perseverance and optimism. You are an inspiration for many people. Enjoy your new state of mind and body. Looking very forward to the new Marillion album. Salutacions des de Catalunya. Pep

    Hi Steve,

    It is great to hear your story of patience, perseverance and optimism. You are an inspiration for many people. Enjoy your new state of mind and body. Looking very forward to the new Marillion album.
    Salutacions des de Catalunya.
    Pep

  • Kevin Wilkins
    Kevin Wilkins Stevenage
    Well done Steve! I’ve managed to lose 17 kilo and it’s been slow and steady over the last 8 months. Good luck with the next stage

    Well done Steve!
    I’ve managed to lose 17 kilo and it’s been slow and steady over the last 8 months. Good luck with the next stage

  • René Larsen
    René Larsen Elsinore, Denmark 🇩🇰
    Exceptionelly well done! Really an inspiration to read your story, for all of us who needs to lose a few Stones. Thanks for sharing.

    Exceptionelly well done! Really an inspiration to read your story, for all of us who needs to lose a few Stones.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Olivier
    Olivier France
    Hey Steve ! You're doing well, bravo ! You are right : you have to make it on the long term and let sometimes little pleasures happening, somtimes only. ... Regularity is the key word. Go !

    Hey Steve !
    You're doing well, bravo !
    You are right : you have to make it on the long term and let sometimes little pleasures happening, somtimes only. ...
    Regularity is the key word. Go !

  • Joost
    Joost Volkel (NL)
    Good going Steve. Watch out for the carbs.

    Good going Steve. Watch out for the carbs.

  • Mary
    Mary Chicago, USA
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It's inspiring, and we are all here to support you and celebrate the successes. Well done!

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It's inspiring, and we are all here to support you and celebrate the successes. Well done!

  • Alison Redfern
    Alison Redfern Manchester
    Keep up the positive vibes, we all miss seeing you. And want you to be the very best you can be both publicly and privately. God bless you Mr R your a genius and your health is very very important to us x

    Keep up the positive vibes, we all miss seeing you. And want you to be the very best you can be both publicly and privately. God bless you Mr R your a genius and your health is very very important to us x

  • Stephan Brüninghoff
    Stephan Brüninghoff Dorsten, Germany
    I'm totally impressed and love your attitude and view on these things. This could only work out positive and to be positive can change a lot.

    I'm totally impressed and love your attitude and view on these things. This could only work out positive and to be positive can change a lot.

  • Graham H
    Graham H Vancouver BC
    I’m 5’-10”, 10st 13lb., having lost 15lb in the last 3 months. I thought I was doing quite well ......., until I read your report. Keep it up, Steve.

    I’m 5’-10”, 10st 13lb., having lost 15lb in the last 3 months. I thought I was doing quite well ......., until I read your report. Keep it up, Steve.

  • Matt Spooner
    Matt Spooner Oxfordshire
    It's truly inspirational that you have opened up about your relationship with food and drink during this uncertain time. Keep going Steve! Not only are you getting yourself to a better place but you are inspiring others to do the same. Hats off to you!

    It's truly inspirational that you have opened up about your relationship with food and drink during this uncertain time. Keep going Steve! Not only are you getting yourself to a better place but you are inspiring others to do the same. Hats off to you!

  • Ginger McBride
    Ginger McBride Gadsden AL
    Is a sack of potatoes like a piece of string? Honey Bear, I have no idea what a sack of potatoes weigh! I’m extremely proud of you and thankful—you HAVE to outlive me!!

    Is a sack of potatoes like a piece of string? Honey Bear, I have no idea what a sack of potatoes weigh!
    I’m extremely proud of you and thankful—you HAVE to outlive me!!

  • Congratulations ! 25 kg ! Wouah ! Fantastic work ! Thank you so much to share with us

    Congratulations !
    25 kg ! Wouah !
    Fantastic work ! Thank you so much to share with us

  • Marco
    Marco Italy
    Congratulations Maestro!

    Congratulations Maestro!

  • Javier Lourenco
    Javier Lourenco Buenos Aires
    Really inspiring Steve. I need to lose 35 kg. too. Keep on the right track. Thank you for sharing this. A big hug from Buenos Aires.

    Really inspiring Steve. I need to lose 35 kg. too. Keep on the right track. Thank you for sharing this. A big hug from Buenos Aires.

  • Theo jonkman
    Theo jonkman Rijnsburg, holland
    Very proud in you!! You have been a big influence in my life. A lot of positive light! I would like you around for a while.

    Very proud in you!!
    You have been a big influence in my life. A lot of positive light!
    I would like you around for a while.

  • Nancy Cabero Mencia
    Nancy Cabero Mencia Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Nice to hear from you Steve! And I am very happy for your energy and that you are enjoying the results for your well done efforts. We will be waiting for you here in South America, when conditions are safe for you and us. Cheers with an allowed glass of Malbec !

    Nice to hear from you Steve! And I am very happy for your energy and that you are enjoying the results for your well done efforts.
    We will be waiting for you here in South America, when conditions are safe for you and us.
    Cheers with an allowed glass of Malbec !

  • Chris Lyons
    Chris Lyons France
    Fantastic stuff Steve. Keep it up - after a full year the regime will become the norm and you won't have to think about it. I even have the odd beer and glass of wine now with no issues or temptation to binge.

    Fantastic stuff Steve. Keep it up - after a full year the regime will become the norm and you won't have to think about it. I even have the odd beer and glass of wine now with no issues or temptation to binge.

  • Andy Reusser
    Andy Reusser
    Well done Steve! Keep it up, it will not always be easy, but hey, nothing in life really is. I am very much looking forward to getting my wax cylinder copy of Revontulet by carrier pigeon and, of course, getting out and about to see you on the road again as soon as it’s safe.

    Well done Steve! Keep it up, it will not always be easy, but hey, nothing in life really is. I am very much looking forward to getting my wax cylinder copy of Revontulet by carrier pigeon and, of course, getting out and about to see you on the road again as soon as it’s safe.

  • Jean-Marie Guillemaere
    Jean-Marie Guillemaere Belgium
    Well done Steve! Keep up the good work!

    Well done Steve! Keep up the good work!

  • Keith P
    Keith P Bedford
    Well done Steve. I lost 35kg (30% of my weight) 2 years ago. So far have managed to keep almost all of it off. Never felt so good. Really hit home when doing some landscaping in garden and carrying bags of gravel which weighed less than I lost!

    Well done Steve. I lost 35kg (30% of my weight) 2 years ago. So far have managed to keep almost all of it off. Never felt so good. Really hit home when doing some landscaping in garden and carrying bags of gravel which weighed less than I lost!

  • Wojtek
    Wojtek Poland
    Well done Steve. Keep it going and update us every month so we’ll motivate you even more!!! Cheers

    Well done Steve. Keep it going and update us every month so we’ll motivate you even more!!! Cheers

  • Paul
    Paul Dorking
    Awesome! Great to read that one of my favourite guitarists' of all time is looking after his health and feeling good for it. Great work!

    Awesome! Great to read that one of my favourite guitarists' of all time is looking after his health and feeling good for it. Great work!

  • Adele Amy
    Adele Amy Jersey, Channel Islands
    Well done Steve, truly amazing results. I have given up booze and seem to lost the weight through that ! i dont actually miss it either ! keep positive and strong. Lots of Love xx

    Well done Steve, truly amazing results. I have given up booze and seem to lost the weight through that ! i dont actually miss it either ! keep positive and strong. Lots of Love xx

  • Jacqueline
    Jacqueline Reuver Nederland
    Well done Steve so proud i no that the last 35 kilo will go to you can do it

    Well done Steve so proud i no that the last 35 kilo will go to you can do it

  • Pierre Maré
    Pierre Maré Maple Ridge, BC
    Awesome Steve, keep going.

    Awesome Steve, keep going.

  • Jeff
    Jeff Maryland, USA
    Congrats on this. May you live an even longer and healthier life.

    Congrats on this. May you live an even longer and healthier life.

  • Jason Mills
    Jason Mills Gloucester
    Well done, Steve. Tremendous effort!! The way you are going the next time I see you on stage will be a flashback to the 80's!! :-)

    Well done, Steve. Tremendous effort!!

    The way you are going the next time I see you on stage will be a flashback to the 80's!! :-)

  • Chris
    Chris Geneva, CH
    Fabulous. Well, well done! Presumably this new perspective on life will have an impact on your music....?

    Fabulous. Well, well done! Presumably this new perspective on life will have an impact on your music....?

  • jim
    jim sunderland
    great news steve, keep it up, looking forward to seeing you on tour next year.

    great news steve, keep it up, looking forward to seeing you on tour next year.

  • Nigel Green
    Nigel Green Macclesfield
    That's absolutely brilliant for losing the weight. Keep up the good work. You need a treat now and again. Looking forward to the new albums and the tour next year. A slim Steve will be great

    That's absolutely brilliant for losing the weight. Keep up the good work. You need a treat now and again. Looking forward to the new albums and the tour next year. A slim Steve will be great

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