Hi, I’m Chris. I’m a former gym-goer (ok, it was twenty years ago..) and over the last few years have succumbed to the dreaded middle-age beer gut. I love my food and at the age of 42, still eat whatever I want, and as much as I want, just like I did when I was 18. The trouble now is that my body is far less forgiving of this kind of lifestyle.
Back in the day (before family life etc.) and, I used to train every day. I wasn’t particularly fit, but at that point my goal was to put on some muscle. I’d even take weight-gain shakes to put on bulk I could turn into muscle. No need for that now! I have the bulk, and I’m just generally unhealthy. I’m known at home and at work as a human dustbin, and as someone who does pretty much no exercise. I look in the mirror and it’s not great, but what should I expect when I treat myself this way. I feel like it’s time to get my act together, and get fit and healthy. I have kids now, and it would be great to have as long as I can with them – and do my best to keep up with them in the park!
On the face of it, my goals are simple: lose some bulk around the stomach, improve my stamina, and be able to put my socks on without getting out of breath. :-/ Sounds straightforward but I know it won’t be. I need to make this part of my general routine. I have a busy life, with a high pressure job, kids to look after, spending quality time with my partner and playing guitar when I can fit it in. The gym needs to fit in and I need to build a realistic routine – and stick to it!
Date: Thursday August 8
Weight: 13 stone 10lb
Plan: It starts tonight at Atlas Gym. PT Jason has sent me a training plan which he will take me through next week. Tonight will be sticking to things I know – old school training, but who cares, I’m doing it, and not putting it off a few more days. I know I need to look at my diet too, but today, it’s all about the exercise. Let’s do this!
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