For those of you who don’t know…I trimmed down over the last couple of years from a hefty 138kgs at a body fat of what was…lets just say 35%+…it wasn’t pretty.
Me and my Mum…now don’t let kids see this…they’ll have nightmares…I actually looked like this AFTER I’d dieted down to about 130kgs.
I got that way because I ate like a condemned man…drank like a fish and got about as much exercise as a particularly lazy sloth…and I mean a real ‘lay about’ of a sloth.
I basically didn’t train because I had nothing to train for…as I mentioned in an answer to a question posted previously…when I was an athlete (yes, I was an athlete…but it was a long time ago) I didn’t train twice a day for upwards of 4 hours a day everyday because I loved it…I did it because I had to train like that to compete…competition is what I really loved.
For me…no more competition meant no more training…and no more training meant ending up as big as a house.
I used to race at around 70kg’s give or take a few either side…the photo of me below is from after a competition when I was 21…and you can laugh all you like about the green tights…they were part of my Australian team gear…that’s right…I represented my country and it wasn’t as a competitive eater.
As you have seen from pictures elsewhere in the blog I’m somewhere in between those two me’s…I’m currently around 105kg’s and I’d say 15% body fat.
What I’m planning on doing is getting expert advice in the areas that I’m not strong in….which is mainly nutrition…which I have an interest in and try to keep well read about but am certainly not an expert and never hold myself out to be. While I take care of the training and to see what I can do when I put my own body where my mouth is…so to speak…as in show that I can get myself into the same shape that I do with athletes.
Now…instead of doing this in secret and just posting before and afters in 3 months time ‘guru’ style I thought I would open up a post for myself in the athlete section and document what I did and how I did it in detail. Now I know a lot of people do this in various places but I want to do a few things a little bit different.
This is what I was thinking:
Firstly, testing…that I do my testing protocol just like all the other athletes do and I film each of the tests so you see not only the number but the difficulty and manner in which the test was performed.
Secondly, I’ll keep a complete training and nutrition diary. I’ll record all the training that I do and what I eat and when including any supplements.
Thirdly, I’ll have video of myself taken every week…a 360 degree photo basically. So I can chart my progress visually.
Lastly, I’ll retest at the end of every cycle so we can see where I’m getting to performance wise.
The bit I’m interested in is what you guys think? What do you think of the idea? What do you think is missing to make it a complete project? I don’t intend on changing the blogs focus from my athletes to me…the blog will continue as is and I will just have all this in a single chronologically listed post over on the other athletes blog along with all their details, programs and testing results.
I don’t want to get a month or two months into it and think…’I wish I had of done this or that’…I want to think of everything that would contribute to the project being complete and informative before I ever start it.
So what do you think?