Lean - Intermediate
Trying to chase that #dadbod after being a newly crowned father. The gym and exercise were put on the back burner, but it's time to get back to feeling and looking healthy.
The structure of the challenge was something that I liked most, the diet and training were easy to follow and of course the results!! Oh, the eggs. I love eggs, so the omelettes were great! :)
I found juggling the challenge with shift work (12 hour night shifts), an 18 month old baby, pregnant wife and house renovations was the hardest part of the challenge. I had a great support network around me however with the above mentioned commitments I found it very challenging at times. I now understand why its' called a 'Challenge'.
Massive Impact on my mental state, As stated above I work shift work (police officer) and do long hours. The toll of shift work when I was not exercising and/or sticking to a consistent and healthy diet played a massive role on my mental state. After the first 4 weeks I noticed I had more energy and clarity, I found I was a more pleasant person to be around (not being AS grumpy after a night shift) or as lazy. My wife made a number of remarks in relation to my moods and behaviour, she continued to see improvements physically and mentally which was THE biggest impact on mine and my families life.
'Pain heals, chicks dig scars and glory last forever'. DO IT, stick to it and see the results!!!.
The reason I did the challenge is due to the fact I 'let myself go' when my first child was born. I formed the opinion that there wasn't enough time to exercise and eat healthy with another human to look after. However, I wanted to prove myself and my family/friends that the 'Dadbod' does not need to look like a keg on wheels. I was determined to get back to my happy/healthy self and now sitting back writing this after a long 12 weeks I can honestly say that I feel I am in the best shape/mental state of my life. Thanks to the MAX challenge!!