Becoming a lean, mean muscle machine – the first 6 weeks
Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/matmannion/calendar/weightloss
6 weeks ago today, on returning from a family holiday in Corfu, I weighed 23 stone, I was extremely unhappy and I’d finally resolved to do something about it. I’d had gym membership at Cannons since February but I’d never really used it more than say once a week, and in August and September I only went once in each month, which seemed like more than a bit of a waste.
I’d tried diets before, but I either got bored, lost all willpower or found it unmanageably difficult to maintain a decent lifestyle while doing them (why do all diets make you prepare a meal for lunch? Idiots). I finally ended up on one where I could eat well and not feel like I was missing out on everything I ever wanted to eat. I also decided to burn the gym like never before and set myself some pretty ambitious goals – 3 stone in 2 months so I’d be under 20st for Christmas.
Massive changes in lifestyle are a pretty good way to lose weight at an amazing rate, so it wasn’t really surprising when the first stone popped off in the first two weeks. Since then I’ve been steadily trying to ramp it up, to the point where I’m going to the gym every day now… though that’s having the strange effect where my weight loss is stagnating because I’m growing muscle mass.
Anyway, that’s all boring. STATS!
When I started
Heart rate (6.5kph at zero incline on treadmill): 162bpm
After 3 weeks (fitness assessment)
Blood pressure: 145/95 (v. high)
Fitness ratio: 45 (not sure how they calculated that…)
After 6 weeks
Heart rate (6.5kph at zero incline on treadmill): 141bpm
Which isn’t bad, I think!? More importantly I think are some things that can’t really be quantified – my waist size is about 2 inches smaller, I feel much, much better than I did before I started this (endorphins, yay!) and I think I look better too. Hooray!
That said, I am still a fat bastard, so it’s not time to stop yet… Still 9 days for me to lose those extra 6 and a half pounds too, though the Warwick staff party may scupper that…