My Journey To Get Back In Shape

Belly Before Getting Back In Shape

Hi Folks, this isn’t an easy article to write and to be honest it’s extremely embarrassing.

A few years back I broke my ankle and suffered prolonged and ongoing issues with it for a very long time, I’d already been packing on the pounds prior to the injury but afterwards the weight gain really got out of hand.

At the moment, I don’t know my exact weight but I would guess at about 21 stone / 294 lbs, it may be a bit more or less, I’m not sure. One thing that I am sure of is that I need to start getting back in shape pronto.

Before this I was very fit, would regularly go jogging and do weight lifting however after the injury I became extremely lazy and lost the motivation to stay in shape. I did try a couple of times but the motivation wasn’t truly there. I’d just constantly find excuses to not get working out.

At the time of writing, I don’t know my exact weight but I would guess at about 21 stone / 294 lbs, it may be a bit more or less, I’m not sure. One thing that I am sure of is that I need to start getting back in shape pronto.

It’s one of those “things that I’ve been meaning to do” for ages, but would always find a way to slink out of putting in the required effort. However, in the past while I would find distractions, I’ve decided that I need to act on this issue sooner rather than later.

The reality of the situation was really presented to me on a recent holiday to Asia, there were quite a few wonderful activities like hiking up to the top of a mountain for an incredible view or going out on boats to picturesque islands which my lack of fitness greatly hindered.

Honestly, it was embarrassing to struggle with those things and yet to see many locals and other Westerners to zip past me like mountain goats. But if I’m honest, being envious of them isn’t helpful and it won’t benefit me, what will help me is getting off my ass and putting in the work.

I’m hoping to go back to Asia later this year, however this time I want to be back in shape so I can take part in all the activities there. Pride can be a powerful motivator. Side note: If you’ve never visited The Philippines or Thailand then I strongly recommend you add it to your future destinations list, the people there are incredibly kind, friendly and the scenery is astonishing.

I’m going to try and not focus this series around pounds or kilos lost as I’ll be doing quite a bit of resistance training along with swimming and cardio. My logic being that it’s hard to justify weight loss in lbs if some of it’s just water weight, also building up muscle at the same time may offset the results.

I’m not kidding myself, I know this is going to take an awful lot of hard work and determination but the goal is to hopefully lose at a minimum of 100 lbs / 7 stone / 45 to 50 Kgs. Again, I’m not kidding myself, I know this will be an extremely difficult and challenging venture.

My plan is to focus on the following areas initially:

  • Cardio – mostly swimming and walking until weight drops and jogging becomes viable again.
  • Resistance – mainly kettlebell workouts with assistance from swimming.
  • Diet – cut out bread, sugar and pasta from my diet for the most part. Also increase protein intake to assist with muscle building.
  • Intermittent Fasting – begin to implement this, I’m still learning about it so it’s something I will post more about in the future as I become more knowledgeable about it.

I’ve just picked up the Onnit 6 Bodyweight video course so I’ll be adding that in to the mix, it looks like it will be good for me to start off with as it’s low impact. I’ll do up a review of the course at a future date once I get a handle on it.

Assistance

If there’s any of you out there reading this are in a position as myself, it would be great if we can start down a path get fit again together. There’s an email sign up form below but I’m also thinking of setting up a (private) Facebook group where we can all encourage and motivate each other to keep on pushing forward.

If you’ve never listened to Jocko Willink podcasts or read his books then I highly recommend it. He’s an ex Navy Seal who now teaches leadership strategies to various companies. It’s difficult not to be inspired by his drive and determination.

Check out his Instagram posts, I’ve fairly convinced myself that he’s really some sort of vampire to be getting up that early!

If you’d like to keep track of how I’m doing then sign up below. I’ll send you folks emails keeping you up to date (with pictorial evidence haha) of my progress, what I would really like is to have some of you join me on this journey of finally getting the finger out and getting back in shape!

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