This is the start of a new chapter for me. Here I begin a journey back to the fitter person I have been in the past. As most of you know I work down at Bondi with some pretty fit dudes and my job as a lifeguard ensures that I need to keep my fitness levels reasonably high but because of my recent trip to Europe I have let myself go leaving my body looking like a blank canvas.
I have decided to take on the wonderful Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation. It’s an Internet based weight loss website that comes with training and nutrition programs suited to all shapes and sizes. You are also given regular updates, tips and support from the team at 12WBT the whole way through. I feel the format will work in well with my busy lifestyle and hopefully let me kiss good-bye to a beer belly I so proudly produced while gallivanting across the European countryside (see previous blog posts) !
As some of you may know I haven't always been fit and healthy. I spent a big part of my teenage years as a very fat kid and It definitely wasn't a time in my life that I was proud of.
At about the age of 20 I decided enough was enough. This wasn't the person I wanted to be anymore and started out losing weight very slowly. I watched EVERYTHING I ate, only drank water and kept my junk food intake down to zero. As for exercise I just walked and ran around the block (about 1km) near my house. I still remember my first run, it was terrible, I'm pretty sure I only ran the first 50m and then walked the rest. From that day on for the next 6 months I ran every morning and pushed myself to run that little bit further ever day. Pretty sure by the end I was running that block 3 times without breaking a sweat. A few years later I tried out for the lifeguards and got on the team. I still have to constantly watch what I eat and train consistently or it all comes creeping back.
People have this perception that there are some people born fit and healthy and they don't have to work hard to stay looking good, well I'm here to say thats Poppycock. If someone is looking trim and terrific then I'd put my life on it they have been training hard and eating right. For me I know what I have to do to get back on the wagon and thats train my mind. The mind is the most powerful muscle we have and mine is going to be working overtime to ensure that I'm eating well and training consistency throughout the whole 12 weeks to ensure i get the results I want.
Its going to be an emotional ride and I know there will be some ups and downs but I'm focused and ready to make it through the whole 12 weeks.
Im going through my some of my 12WBT preseason tasks as we speak, things like: Introducing myself to other 12WBT'ers on the forums (see video below) and ridding my kitchen of any nasties that may tempt me. There is also an events section where you can find fun, fitness activities such as Dragon Boat racing in your area every week to get involved in. Cant wait !!!
Im excited to kick things off on Monday the 12th of September, lets do this !