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Together Everyone Achieves More

I should have made this post a few weeks ago. The importance of the TEAM has become so important to my progress.
The idea that Together Everyone Achieves More could not be truer in my case. I've mentioned before that I've tried to lose weight in the past and failed. Sure I've had 'support' but never a 'TEAM' behind me. This time I'm not on my own, the very fact that you have chosen to view this blog, means that you are now on my team, whether you like it or not. The very act of showing interest in 'The Journey' has by default enrolled you as a member of my team.

It's a strong team and I should have acknowledge them and their effort much earlier in this journey.
Charles is not only my eldest son, but a qualified Personal Trainer. He spent some time in the army (as did I) so he knows that I know what to expect when trying to get the best out of people, and boy does he deliver. That said he also understands that changes like this take time and has a strong focus on the end goal.
James, second son and 3rd child. OK he may not have the qualifications, but I respect his knowledge as much as I respect Charles'. The 2 of them have worked together to ensure that I get the best exercise and nutrition program possible. My one on one sessions with James tend to be a 'take no prisoners' approach. James works me very hard and at the end of each session we always do an exercise that ensures there's nothing left to give.
Camilla, this lady is a powerhouse. Not only is she my life partner, best friend, confidant, lover, mother to our 4 totally amazing children, but she is also a major driving force behind this transformation. She has for years been working out how to initiate these changes, I won't say she has nagged me but those of you in my position (aka married?) will know what I mean. Different avenues have been tried, some have failed miserably, others have worked for a while, some have stuck around for a little longer, but ultimately I have returned to my old self. But she has never given up and this time I feel that things are different. This time the change is permanent.
Goodlife gym, they put the challenge together and for that I will be forever thankful. I've seem these challenges go up previously, but never really been interested in participating. The staff down there are always cheerful, smiling and helpful. There's generally a good vibe around the gym and something for everyone. Sure it has it's flaws (lack of equipment maintenance - recently resolved by replacing almost everything) but it's a place that you don't mind going to and has something for everyone. From the 73 year old who had a hip replacement in March now doing the same program as myself, through to the 'juicing' gym meat head pushing weights.
You, I mentioned previously that by your very act of reading and showing interest in this blog you have joined the team. Welcome aboard.
We are now over the halfway point and weight has been reduced, there's still a LONG way to go, but the scales are moving in the right direction. It's frustrating to see my thinner arms and skinny legs, these areas I really didn't need to lose weight from. The belly however is a different matter, some how this old friend just is not getting the message that it's time to move out. But what is happening is that people who know me are really starting to notice change and commenting on the changes they are seeing. For some of them the look of surprise on their faces is quite comical. Thank you all for your encouragement.

Charles took a weeks holiday in Bali, and thanks to a volcano and a budget airline (JetStar) who have a total focus on cost and zero interest in passengers has had the break extended to beyond 2 weeks. There are a number of people who have stepped up and really helped my progress towards my goals.
Brian runs the weightlifting and boxing program with Charles on Monday and Thursday evenings. Brian has really stepped up and filled in for the SGT (Small Group Training) sessions. His approach is different to Charles and I welcome the variety I am getting as a result.
Thomas runs a HIIT class every Tuesday morning, it's 30 minutes of intense exercise and covers head to toe, both cardio and weights. But what I also get from Thomas is his enthusiasm and passion. He was once in a similar position to myself so he understands what I'm going through.
Nicholetta (The Pain Maiden) runs a spin class on Wednesday evening. She's not a resident trainer and up until last Sunday I really didn't appreciate just how much change she has created. Camilla & I last went for a cycle the weekend before I started the program with the boys. 5 weeks ago, we did 42km and it was a struggle, Camilla was on to her second beer by the time I got back. Not any more. Last Sunday we took the bikes out for a cycle from home to Ferntree Gully and the difference was unbelievable. There were sections where Camilla was having to try to keep up with me. The feeling at the end was great. I can not wait for Wednesdays session, I've got the incentive to push even harder - but am not at the stage where I think I might look good in lycra!.

Talking of pushing harder, one other thing I now appreciate is the value of a Personal Trainer and the one on one sessions. Sure they (usually) cost money, but when I do a one on one with Charles, James or Brian, I know I work hard, very hard and get the maximum value from the time we spend together. Groups sessions are also great, watching and working as part of a group develops a group momentum, but I don't work as hard as the one on one sessions. Working alone is the challenge, if you slack off the only person who knows is you, you pick up the smaller weight, take longer breaks between sets, don't do as many reps. Frankly working alone sucks. I guess that's why I (currently) prefer to go for a run (and now possibly a cycle). If I chose to slack off so be it, I still have to cover the distance and I have a choice, run and get it over with, or walk and accept it's going to take longer, but either way the distance will be covered.

As the saying goes 'Success is the TEAMS, failure is mine'. Thanks team, lets get this over the line and become winners not just participants.

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"Hump" week

Geez, with the 'week' starting on a Saturday, it doesn't take long for midweek to arrive and it's only Monday!

It's also 'hump' week, we are halfway through the challenge and I can't wait for the end so I can return to 'normal' (whatever the new normal is) and to see the final results in terms of measurements, photo's, general health, change of medication etc.

The amount of weight shed last week was not as much as I would have liked or needed, but was probably around what I should have expected. The week didn't start well, but finished with me in a much better frame of mind, and as a result this week has started really, really well. I doubt I can make up for missing last weeks goal, but at the end of the day it's not about the week to week results. So long as they are heading in the right direction that's what matters - and they are. Charles is still "Banged up in Bali" and we have no idea how much longer he will be stuck over there. The airline (JetStar) doesn't seem to care about the inconvenience it is causing passengers. Strange how the people who have been stuck there the longest are not being brought back, yet there are flights happening.
So James is having to step up, and he's doing a great job. Fortunately social media has been our saviour. I let Charles know the weight in results and suggested that we need to look at reducing the input. His response was that I should also increase my output, by adding more weight to my sessions. Additionally he has spoken to James and I'm now no longer allowed to finish any of the existing 'red boxes', I need to leave some behind. I'm on a maximum of 2 boxes a day, which is not a huge challenge as most days I only got through 2 anyway. Breakfast has had the bacon removed and butter, it's now just a small amount of oil to stop things sticking, out to purchase a small non stick pan and we will drop the oil as well.
New meals that are prepared will be smaller in size. For example we are trying something new this week. James has found some low carb wraps, and prepared my 'red boxes' with some cooked chicken and salad and a note to follow the instructions on the fridge. The instructions are to add 1/4 of an avocado and a tsp of Tahini sauce, only there was no avocado this morning. Not an issue I'm only working up the road (10 minutes away) so I'll come home for lunch. When I get home James is grinning 'No avocado dad'.

It's what I need, want and asked for. I can get all the support in the world from my family and friends, but at the end of the day there is only one person who can shed all this weight, and that's me. So it's off to the gym for a 60 minute weight lifting session, followed by 40 minutes swimming, then as long as I can in the sauna, should be back just before bedtime.

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It's never a good time

It's never a good time to embark on a challenge such as this. Excuses to avoid are just so much easier to find than reasons to get going. As mentioned previously I have everything on my side to get to the 6th December having shed a huge amount of weight. Then my primary PT goes to Bali for a week of R&R, and the next thing that happens is a volcano goes up and all flights are cancelled.
I'd like to claim that I work hard when I go to the gym, the 1000 steps, a run, whenever I work out on my own, but the reality is that I work so much harder in a group class and harder yet when I'm with James or Charlie. It's been a difficult week, something / one managed to get into my head in a negative way, and my motivation and drive have been affected. Yesterday evening I managed a solid spin class - the best one I have done so far, and I left feeling great. This evening Brian stepped in for Charlie and put my through a different program that was nice and strenuous. I'm back, the motivation has returned and I can't wait for my death session with James tomorrow evening and hopefully another one on Saturday afternoon.

We are approaching the halfway point and I've shed weight, the goal has now been set for the final weigh in, it's going to be a stretch but one that I believe will be achieved based on the magic that Charlie and James have conjured up so far. It's not going to be easy, but I really believe that working as a committed team we can reach the goal. AND YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THAT THE GOAL IS ACHIEVABLE.

The diet will be changing, the exercise regime has started to ramp up and will do even more as we start the homeward journey. The goal is getting closer and smaller each and every day. Ultimately (for me) it's going to come down to numbers on the scales, but the fit of clothing, notches on the belt are all starting to change. Some of the trousers are starting to bunch up and the 'aspirational' set of clothing I have in the wardrobe (don't we all?) are starting to look like they might become a reality, it's just a pity the fashion has moved on since I first purchased them.

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Got home from work and changed into my gym gear, walked down there and arrived at 18:00. Checked the swim session info and discovered that the pool was not available until 19:35. I also realised that I had left Charlie's session info at home, fortunatly I could remember the exercises, but not the weights, or reps he wanted me to do. I also had at least 30 minutes more than last Monday. So this is what I did (Sets * Reps * Weight * exercise):
1) 6 * 10 * 60kg (2 greens each side) * Frame Deadlifts
2) 6 * 10 * 20kg * Goblet squats
3) 6 * 10 * Inclined pushups
4) 6 * 10 * 12kg * left arm rows
5) 6 * 10 * 12kg * right arm rows
6) 6 * 10 * Body Weight * left leg lunge
7) 6 * 10 * Body weight * right leg lunge
8) 10 * 10 * Alternate arm and leg raise (100 each side, 200 total)
9) As much plank as possible in the remaining time (Sorry didn't get to 5 minutes)
Finished at 19:30
THEN 10 minutes gentle cycle waiting for the pool to become available
30 minutes breast stroke (did try some freestyle, nearly died)
Then 15 minutes in the dry sauna
Finally walked home
3 hours door to door
Thank goodness tomorrow is a rest day.

1 & 2 were done alternately
4 & 5 were done alternately
6 & 7 were done alternately

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Hungry but feeling great

It turns out that last Friday was something of a breakthrough day. I got back from work famished, whilst I'm allowed 3 prepared meals a day until then I had usually managed with just 2. It was strange to find myself on a diet where I was not eating all the meals that had been prepared - fortunately many are frozen. But I was really hungry, so I tucked into Box 2 for the day, still hungry, so I went for Box 3. Turns out that Charles and James were VERY HAPPY, I had eaten all 3 boxes for the day and was still hungry. It turns out that they have been waiting for this day, the day when they had managed to kick my metabolism into gear and it was burning more energy than it was being fed. Apparently this is a good thing, so much so that I've now been restricted on 3 days a week to just 2 boxes, oh and the workout regime has been raised a level. For example, I have this evening off (Tue PM) and also tomorrow morning (Wed AM), then

  • Wed PM - Spin class 17:45 - 18:30, followed by 40m on the elliptical walker, 1m at full intensity, 1m rest
  • Thu AM - 1000 Steps, a 30m hard slog and 40m walk back
  • Thu PM - Weight session (Charles program), followed by 30m hard swim
  • Fri AM - Rest
  • Fri PM - 40m elliptical walker
  • Sat AM - Glasgow Road Fireline (similar to 1000Steps, but apparently harder)
  • Sat PM - Death by James session, 1h30m of oure hell
  • Sun AM - Body Balance (try it, it's hard than you think if you do it right)
  • Sun PM - Rest Finally!

Oh and on Wed and Fri I only get 2 boxes of food (+ breakfast).

Charles and had had a good discussion at the gym on the weekend. He commented that it was not realistic to give me more sessions, I need time to recover, so instead we need to lift the intensity, More resistance, heavier weights, more repetitions and shorter rests. I understand where he is coming from, but I have to say that when I'm working closely with Charles or James I find I work much harder than when I'm on my own or in an anonymous group session. I guess I'm not alone with this experience and guess it just goes to show how important it is to have a professional working with you and pushing you to give your all, each and every time. Too often at the gym I see 'professionals' just standing around having a chat with their client - getting paid to have a chin wag! Neither of them will let me get away with that, and that's what I like, neither of them give me the opportunity to slack off, and if I do they will remind me of why I'm here. So my current challenge is to maintain (or lift) the intensity of my workouts to a level higher than what I manage to do when I'm with them. I know what I'm capable of, and need to take that to a new level, but on my own.

On Monday's I have had a double session, 1h with Charles doing weight lifting, then a 1h boxing class with Brian, one of the other trainers, but Charles is in Bali enjoying a well earned 'recovery session' and has mixed up the program for me. A weights workout that involves weights I didn't think existed (20kg goblet squats, 16kg single arm rows, 5m planks - not continuous thankfully), followed by a 30m swim - I'm unable to free style, so am forced to do breast stroke, but I'll work on the free style side of things. Then I finished off with 15m in the wet sauna (my choice to do this).
Every time I moved last night I woke up, hoping that it was 05:30, the slightest movement caused a twinge in my muscles. So much so that at 04:00 I even took a couple of panadol. When 05:30 arrived I knew I had to get out of bed, but really was not relishing the idea of my 06:00 HIIT session with Thomas. 'Get on with it' I told myself as I bounced (crawled) out of the bed. Fortunately the gym is at the end of the road (about 600m from the house) so I walked there as a warm up and had a really great session with Thomas and the group. All day I could feel the benefits of having made it to the gym that early. The feeling I get in the afternoon makes the early morning so worthwhile.

Officially the program has been going just over 2 weeks. So far I have lost weight - how much will remain a secret, and at the end of the day it is just a number, the only numbers that matter at the starting weight, the ending weight, and the weight in a years time. Bring on the next 5 1/2 weeks, lets see what we can do and try to lift the rate of weight loss.

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