Right! No more messing about. It is time to take charge of my waistline. I have joined the SleekGeek 2012 challenge along with 76 other like-minded individuals. We have all put some money into a pot and the winners of the 4 categories – based on predetermined criteria – will take a share of the money.The categories are:
- Men’s weight loss
- Woman’s weight loss
- Men’s toning
- Woman’s toning
I have entered the Men’s weight loss category. Why? I am heavier than I look and have an unhealthy amount of abdominal fat which is definitely a bad thing. People are very surprised to learn I weigh more that 100 Kgs, 106 to be precise. 4 years ago, while living and working in the Free State, I lost about 18Kgs (from 113Kgs down to 95Kgs) and was the fittest and strongest I had ever been, dropping from a tight fitting size 40 trousers to a comfortably loose 36. The main source of my motivation there was getting fitter and stronger for wakeboarding which I had taken up at the time.
After an injury to my wakeboarding partner ruled him out for 6 months, we stopped going to the dam and my exercise regime took a back seat. I slowly gained back most of the weight over the next 4 years and I find myself getting back to the heaviest I have ever been.
Whilst I am relatively fit – I am comfortably able to go for a 50Km cycle without passing out – I would dearly like to shed some of the extra baggage I am carrying around with me. I am entered into the Cape Argus Cycle Tour this year so a lot of my exercise during SleekGeek will be bicycle oriented but I will also include regular gym sessions to focus on abs, core and some weight training as well. Last time I undertook my weight loss mission I used a lot on USN supplements which certainly seemed to help but this time round I am going to try and lose the weight purely through the implementation of a healthy diet and an active lifestyle – in my opinion the most sustainable option. I am also giving up booze and fruit juice for the duration of the challenge. I’ll phase them both back in in moderation once I hit my goal and see how it goes.
In an attempt to motivate myself, I am going to post my “before” pictures here. I cannot he held responsible for damage sustained by your computer screens, eyes and or psyche by the pictures below!
Below is a countdown to the end of the challenge. 77 days (at the moment) seems like a lot but I am pretty sure it is going to fly by. I will post progress updates (may contain photos) as things progress.