I think, now that the major challenges are done for now, it’s time to have a quick look back and see where I’ve come from. This is probably a useful thing to do just so that I can take stock of what I have achieved so far, and how I have improved my health an fitness.
I guess I should warn you now to avert your eyes if you are of a sensitive disposition – there are a couple of full-body pics coming up soon.
This isn’t an entirely accurate history of my progression, as the ‘before’ pictures come from my build up to the VLM taken at Christmas 2010. I was definitely fairly heavy then, but I suspect I may actually have been heavier at Christmas 2011 when I started with a proper desire to get fit. At the time though I was pretty miserable about it so didn’t really want any pictures taken. I think we still get a good idea of progession though, and from now on I will try to take more pictures more regularly now.
So… here goes. The ‘before’ pictures are from December 2010, the ‘after’ were taken last night (11/05/12)
What I have managed to keep track of a little more this year has been my weight and measurements. On 1st January 2012 I weighed in at a whopping 78kg. In just 4 short months I have dropped to just over 71kg, that is a loss of almost exactly a stone for those of you who speak in old money!
What that means is that along with the weight loss I have lost very nearly 7 inches in total from my body. It’s funny because Lynds keeps saying that I was getting ‘too’ skinny, and looking down I couldn’t see it really as I can still get a hold of the belly flab (though not so much as before). Looking at the pics from the side and comparing the measurements has really bought it home to me just how much I have moved on over the last 5 months and certainly in fitness terms over the last couple of years. Maybe the ‘couch potato’ tagline in my strongmanrun press release in the local paper was a little more accurate than I had wanted to admit previously!
Anyway, I am still not where I want to be, but with these pictures and measurements in mind I have something a little more tangible of where I am at, and with my running back on track and a couple of core conditioning workouts every week I am sure that I’ll continue seeing progress and I look forward to updating you all – if you can handle any more pics.
The worst thing about all this is that I need to be able to afford some more trousers – off for a trip to the chazzer’s :-)