So as some of you may know, I started gym for the first time this week in probably about 8 years. I used to be a very active person playing indoor cricket and soccer, outdoor cricket and soccer and even did a stint of some MMA. So ye, I used to have a lean and mean body until about 3 or 4 years ago. Last year February and I was determined to do something about it. At the time I was about 104kg and I wanted to work my way down. So I started eating better and was doing action cricket again and doing the few odd exercises at home. A month later I was just under 100kg. YEAH!
And then that was it, I stopped because I reached my goal why should I go on?
Fast forward to Wednesday last week. I went to a biokineticist who takes your measurements, height, weight, size of your arms, hips, chest and then the dreaded skin folds. To be honest, I was expecting it, so it came as no surprise. I stepped onto the scale at a whopping 108.3kg. eeeeek! Not cool at all!
At work we have an awesome perk and that is that we can go gym at the gym in our business park! That’s if you commit to at least 16 times in 2 months. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
So in conjunction with going to gym, I am also going to change my diet as I know I have been eating wrong and cheating a lot. No more extreme amounts of coffee a day or chips or chocolates or driving to the shop to get a pie or whatever just because I got the munchies, NO SIR! BEGONE!
So Tuesday was my first season and I decided I will gradually just get into the routine. I want to focus on cardio and also some weight training. I started off with a 10 minute jog. Then I did some pushups, situps and some weight training. Then I finished it off with 5 minutes on the Orbitrek. Not bad for 40 minutes on the first day!
Wednesday I started off with 15 minutes on the bike. I actually could have gone on longer but I am pacing myself in the first few weeks of gym and don’t want to burn myself out too much! Did the normal situps, pushups, weights, etc and I finished the gym session with a short 5 minute jog.
Today I started off with a 10 minute jog and it felt like I could have gone on for maybe another 5! Did some intense weight sessions and finished off with 10 minutes on the Orbitrek. I was actually knackered after that.
I was going to go to gym tomorrow but I think I might not go as I can feel I am going to feel my body being broken in the morning.
I want to go at least 3 times a week to gym and get into a routine. Once you get into a routine, it will become part of your daily life and that keeps you going to gym. I have learn’t that with many things. Start out with something and then you don’t do it for a week or two and then it’s difficult to get back into the routine again.
One more thing. My eating habit is the following.
I work 2 shifts alternating weeks.
6am to 3pm and 9am to 6pm.
My 6am to 3pm schedule is as follows:
Oats so easy for breakfast and a cup of coffee. Banana or apple at between 9:30am and 10:30am. Then I have lunch. Now lunch depends on what they serve us at the canteen at work and that can vary from beef stew, fish, bobotie, Burger and chips, etc. So I am trying to eat smaller portions there now. A coffee after lunch and then at around 1pm – 2pm I have either a banana or apple. Then I go to gym at 3pm. I drink about 1 litre of water during my working day currently.
The 9am to 6pm should be fairly the same except I might go to gym either before work at 7:30am or after work at 6pm. I might even do the Crossfit class on a Tuesday and Thursday in this work schedule.
So if anyone of your have any tips/suggestions please share them with me! Any help will be appreciated!
I see a number of people at work who are using health shakes/weigh-less shakes, etc. I for one am not using any of those as it is just too expensive for me to use. I have to stick to the old normal methods! (If there is any company that is reading this that does these things and wants to make me a Guinea Pig and show that your product works, contact me, I will be happy to try it out!)