The path to health & fitness.

Hi all,

Thanks to those who liked, read and commented on my first blog entry on why I decided to quit drinking – appreciate the feedback & comments.

Moving on, this next post is about my health, fitness and weight loss journey, which ties in with my reason to stop drinking.

I started going to the local gym around Christmas 2007 (Fitness First Toowong) – I moved to Brisbane in August that same year, worked some odd jobs; however, had a tough run finding a solid, steady job.

I thought it would be a good idea to sign up to give myself something to do as I had far too much time on my hands. I started going 2 or 3 times a week as my fitness levels back then were non-existent.

When I first started working out I was weighing in at 96 KG (211.64 pounds) – I was wearing size 38 & 40 waist size shorts, trousers and jeans, as well as wearing extra large sized shirts and t-shirts.

After landing myself a good job in mid-February 2008, I still keep going to the gym a couple of times during the week, and on Saturday mornings as well – over a period of the next year and a bit (to March 2009), I slowly begin to tidy up my diet & eating habits, though back then I was a much bigger drinker.

Cutting back the drinking, and learning about proper nutrition and diet were the two biggest learning curves for me.

Around April 2009, I begin having personal training sessions – this next period between April 2009 to May 2011, is where the major weight loss / training / diet changes takes place.

When we started training together, we have an honest talk about my goals, targets, etc. At the time, I was happy just to get down to 80 KG (176.37 pounds).

So after a the first 4 or 5 weeks, I initially lost 6 KG (13.22 pounds) – I plateaued around 90 KG for a good few months, couldn’t shift any weight, however I was still trying different eating habits, and had started to slowly cut back the drinking.

Then, between May 2010 to December 2010, after getting my diet spot on, and a few drinking bans, I drop from 90KG (198.41 pounds) to 72KG (158.73 pounds) – I get more into running, and slaying it at the gym 5 nights week, training hard and pushing myself.

I decide to get the Christmas 2010 / New Years period out the way, and then push on with loosing weight – I decide I want to get down to 65KG (143.3 pounds) mark, to break the 30KG (66.1 pound) mark weight loss barrier.

I decided that would be my limit to loosing weight – anything lighter than 65 KG would be far too skinny, and pushing me into being anorexic.

So, between mid-February 2011 – May 2011, did my last big push to get down to 65KG. Eating right, no drinking.

After a lot of blood, sweat, tears & hard work I got there at the beginning of May 2011 – 31 KG lost to get down to 65 KG. I can now fit into size 28 & 30 waist trousers, jeans and shorts, and size small t-shirts and shirts.

That’s that nutshell – Since then, I have kept the weight off for the most part – unfortunately, between Christmas 2012 & a quick trip to WDW & Universal Studios Orlando in February 2013, I made the HUGE mistake of getting real lazy with my training and healthy eating habits and had put a tonne of weight back on.

I have worked most of it back off, but still have around 10 KG to get lose – currently around the 78 KG mark. I am on a spot on nutrition plan, and beginning to see results again.


Here is the before photo, taken in February 2009 (96 KG):-

before

And here is me at 65KG in early May 2011:-

after


If anyone who has read this far and would like some advice, or just a chat about your own weight loss journey, please feel free to get in touch.

Till next time,

Michael.

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