Now back to the Milestone week and the results. I started this journey deciding, after listening to one of Michelle’s videos, that I wanted to teach myself to run again. For anyone that knows me or has seen me, they will know that this looks like an impossible task. A man weighing in excess of 140kgs DOESN”T run. Well I decided that following Michelle’s advice, which was that running is the best way to burn calories and lose weight, I was going to do it. I never said I was going to be very quick or very good, but I was going to run. My first effort at the 1km time trial was interesting to say the least. I ran for the first 500 metres and then had to walk the next 250m and finished off with a shuffle to record a time of 7 minutes and 19 seconds. Surprisingly this put me in the intermediate category on Mich’s scale. Finding out that I was less than 2 minutes away from the advance time of 5 ½ minutes was a definite carrot for me and now my goal at the end of the 12 weeks.
As this week was the first time to revisit the Fitness Test, I ran this again on Monday night and did the entire thing at a much quicker pace, without stopping and managed to take over a minute of my time. WOW!!!! That is unbelievable. I now have a time of 6minutes and 17 seconds and only 47 seconds to shave off to get to the advanced section. Add to this I managed to run 3 kilometres last night without stopping which I would have thought impossible after only 3 ½ weeks. This journey is proving to me on a daily basis that I am more capable than I had imagined of so many things.
Following on the more mundane and less exciting tasks in the Fitness Test, which I managed some improvements on most, we came to the measurements section. I won’t run through all the individual results, but the important part is that I have lost a total of 45.5cms off my body that is NEVER coming back. I have managed to lose 9cms of my waist, which means those unworn jeans I have in the cupboard are very close to coming out and a total of 26.5cms combined off my thighs. All this in only 3 ½ weeks, how does this happen?
As you can tell I am very proud of myself at the moment, especially with the fact that I set myself some goals for 1 month, 3 months and 6 months as part of this program. I have managed to hit all of them. First goal was to train 5 times per week no excuses, which I have managed to train 6 days as stipulated. I wanted to also run 1km non-stop, which was smashed out of the ball park on Tuesday night. Tuesday the 27th June is a milestone day for me as I proved that I can run a decent distance at my own pace and not worry about falling over, vomiting or more importantly giving up. Finally I wanted to lose 10kgs in the first month. This was a revised target after the initial stages as I was only looking to lose 15 kilos all up, but a I found my feet I decided that in order to do myself justice I needed to go as hard as I could. This morning I weighed in and the scales told me I was exactly 10 kgs lighter than the day I started this. This means I have now managed to reach all goals I set out for myself and I look forward to reach my next goals.
Bring it on I say, this fat man has a lot to look forward to and I can actually say that I now feel like a thin, fit and healthy man trapped inside a fat man’s body. Once again the light bulb has been switched on and these little wins will only help me get to where I want to be and that is a lot thinner and healthier before I go to Bali in October for my 40th birthday. Those Speedos are looking good for the Bali Hyatt pool deck. You just never know!!!!!