I work in Cyber Security, and I love my job. However, it's a desk job, and since leaving the Army back in 2009 my waistline has been slowly but surely expanding.
Fast-forward to 2018 and I've gone from a super fit, fairly muscular 95KG (210lbs), to a rather fat and rounded 114KG (250lbs). I need to to something about this. I'm not getting any younger, and I don't want serious health complications later in life, due to the fact that I'm a lazy fat mess who rarely does any exercise.
I've tried running in my spare time, and even joined gyms, but each time I have dropped out once the novelty has worn off. Gyms especially, as having to pack bags gym bags and extend what is basically your working day by a couple of hours most evenings, really wears thin over time.
So I got to thinking about what I used to use in the gym when I was fit. I wasn't really one for weight lifting machines; preferring to use free weights for most of my workouts. Then, most of those workout were using dumbbells. Then it occurred to me - I don't need a gym for that!
So, I have decided to set up a mini-gym in my garage. There is a set of adjustable dumbbells that go up to 40KG (88lbs) each, a bench, and a cross-trainer for cardio workouts. I'm thinking this should be enough to get my body back in check. If I need a barbell in the future, for things like squats and dead lifts, I can get one.
The best part? I've managed to get all of the equipment for less than the price of an annual gym membership. So within a year, my mini gym will have paid for itself!
My mini gym, it's not much, but it's mine.
What's the plan?
So then, what's the plan here? Am I just going to continue on as I am, lift some weights and hope for the best? Of course not. I intend to completely re-configure my life. I'm not going on a diet, and I'm not doing this short-term. This is a life change and here's what I want to do:
- Reduce my calorie intake to less than 1,500 per day.
- Improve my general diet - less shit, more good stuff.
- Lift weights at least 3 times per week.
- Do cardio at least 3 times per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes.
What's the goal?
The goal for me is two fold. First and foremost, above everything else, I want to be fit and healthy. I don't want have to tuck my shirt in to my trousers to stop my belly rubbing on my belt buckle (yeah, that's an actual thing), I don't want to be out of breath walking up a few flights of stairs, and I don't want to have diabetes by the time I'm 50!
Ultimately, I don't want to die young because I didn't look after my body.
Secondly, I'd like to look good also. After all, if you look good, you feel good, right? That's where the weights come in. I don't want to be the next Arnold, far from it. I just want to get some shape shape, size and core strength back.
Why post it here though?
Motivation is very important when it comes to thing like this. Hopefully, just seeing the result over time will be all the motivation I need. However, posting my journey publicly, may help to motivate me that little bit more. Plus, it may inspire someone else to make a similar change in their life.
I'm going to be posting updates every week on Sunday, which will talk about the type of training I've been doing, what I'm struggling with, what I'm enjoying, and of course, my weight.
With that in mind, here are the current stats:
- Starting weight: 114.5KG (252.4lbs)
- Current weight: 114.5KG (252.4lbs)
- Total weight loss: 0
I know this is not the usual thing I post on this blog, but I thought it may be of interest to some of the people who follow me. Wish me luck, and look out for the first post next Sunday!