Lean - Intermediate
I have 4 children from 18 to 3 years of age. I want to be around for them as an active & fun Dad, I want to set a good example & make them proud.I want to be a 52 yr. old who looks like a 42 yr. old & gets around like a 32 yr. old.I want to be SUPERMAN !!
The structure. I didn't have to think & that was what I wanted & needed. You provided a shopping list, told me what to eat and when to eat it What supplements to take and when to take them. What muscles to train, how to train them and when to train them. If i had a question, I invariably found that it had been asked and answered on the forum. You provided a community, and as the challenge progressed, those of us that kept going, became more and more a part of it. You develop a real kinship with your fellow challengers, knowing, experiencing, & often reading exactly what they are going through. Strangely, you know you have made new friends without actually meeting them.
The first 4 weeks. I went in a bit too hard and fast with the diet and training. Clearly, I hadn't trained in a while & I couldn't spell the word diet. I was very lethargic from the lack of carbs & extremely sore from going a little overboard on the weights. But it's funny, it must be like child birth, you get through it, you see the amazing result, and you'd do it again tomorrow. ( just joke'n ladies).
Immeasurable! I wanted something to get me off my backside and into descent shape again for my family & take my mind off a few stressful years. I had no idea of all the positive aspects that flow from looking and feeling good. Your personality, attitude, & outlook are all so much brighter when you fulfil such a personal challenge as this. No problem is too big to tackle. I seem to approach everything with that chin up, chest out feeling you get after a great session in the gym.I would also add that the positive impact flows on to family and friends. Again, something that I never envisaged. People just notice, they notice the physical first, & then the positive mental. And they let you know, which I loved. (except the first 4 weeks when they thought i had a terrible disease). From about the 6 week mark, I was constantly told how good I was looking and how happy I was.The challenge changed my life. I am fit & fabulous. So happy & so proud of myself, & I never saw any of that coming.
Please, please do it, you will never regret it.Don't be fooled, it's not easy, because nothing this good is.It puts pressure on friends & family relationships. It will test your will power like nothing else on this earth.It will give you aches & pains in parts of your body you never new existed. You will toss alarm clocks across the room.Chug protein drinks until they come out your ears. Sweat like a rhino. Grunt like a pig, & love every goddam minute of it the first time you try your old jeans on and they fall to the floor, or you catch sight of the new you in a shop window.It's a challenge, but so is life, & this challenge can only make your life better.
I would just like to say thank you. I haven't said it publicly, and maybe, whom ever reads this can pass on my thanks, because I have received so much more out of this than I expected. My family and I have been through a tough few years and this challenge just came along at the right time. It has refreshed me physically & emotionally, & has made for a happier & healthier family & home.I AM SUPERMAN......................& i ride skateboards, thanks MAX.
13 kilo's lighter, makes this a lot easier.
This challenge is a monster, I think it gets into your head one way or another.
It pushes you & you either, push back or push off.
Your results in the mirror, good, bad, or indifferent, inspire you to go harder. The results of other challengers, (not that we've been looking) inspire you to go harder.
I went into the challenge, to do exactly that, challenge myself. And i have done, & that is what I'm most proud of. I'm 52 years old and haven't been under 90kg's for nearly 30 years. Granted, 30 years ago my over 90kg body looked a lot better than the one I had 11 weeks & 2 days ago. But I feel stronger, healthier, faster, fitter, happier, more positive & better looking than i have in along time.
Challenge met, I AM SUPERMAN !
Have a great final week fellow challengers, and live exceptional lives with your new bodies & attitudes.
86.6 kg's these scales must be broken.
Excuse me, I think these are broken.
Sorry, can't help myself.
So bad at selfies, but so stoked with my results. Wooooooot !
Looking nifty @ 50
Ok, weight going down again.
Not really a surprise given the new program. Back & shoulders again tonight, legs again tomorrow & my body feels like I just went 3 rounds with 'The Rock'. ( he was no match of course).
Heaps of people noticing & commenting now, so I'm spreading the good word. Next one starts in August, get on it !
It's a life changer.
Can't wait for summer. I think I'll take my shirt off.
8 weeks down, can't believe it.
Think I actually want it to slow down. So happy with my results, I want it to keep going.
This has been life changing, pretty sure I'm hooked.
Just did my check in. Was a bit tricky, (had to take a selfie & clearly technology has left me behind), have been at the farm all week fencing, so very few trips into town to gym, but have managed to make up exercises & lots of body weight stuff.
Can't stop smiling. Looking like this at my age (my opinion) is uplifting.
Just have to tighten up the midsection a little more. Hope it's as easy as it sounds.
So my weight is going the other way now. I'm hoping that is muscle.
First 4 weeks was, stick to diet, cardio, & high rep weights.
Have been going heavy since then and really seeing some changes.
Family & friends really starting to notice now.
How good does that feel !!!
Ok, so only 2 journal entries so far............there's just no time.
Eat, sleep, train, supplementents, repeat. That is my life at the moment (bit of work in there too) & I love it. Can't believe my results so far, fat coming off, muscle going on, jumping out of my skin. And how good are the supplementents, think I'm becoming a junky.
So I don't post up very often, but I read the other journals religiously along with the social hub. Awesome inspiration there.
Hope everyone is enjoying this journey as much as I am. Yeah, I know it's tough some times, early mornings, food cravings etc, but the end result
4 weeks down, 8 to go.
Stoked with my results so far. (5.9 kilos lighter) & photo looks a little better, though I clearly need some more sleep.
Will get into some of the supplements from now on. Only protein powder so far, but diet has been good.
Wife & kids loving the new me.
Only decided to do the challenge on 28 Feb (my birthday) so still in a state of shock. Has taken a while to get used to my before picture ......... hence the late first journal entry.
Everything going ok so far. Diet testing at times, but sticking with it. Hadn't trained for a while (no really), went a bit hard out of the blocks & payed for it. Could hardly move at end of last week, will pace myself until muscles appear, or at least get used to it.
Gotta go, cardio calling