Saturday, September 09, 2006

My story Part III

Originally posted on Thursday 24th August:

Body-for-LIFE. Mmm, how I love Bill Phillips and his wonderful program. :-)

So, Monday 5th April 2004 was the day I began my first 12-week challenge. I had already gone from 80-something kg (83? 85? No idea, really) to 66.5kg since the previous June. Now I was really serious, and aiming for a number I hadn't seen since my early twenties - 58kg.

It was a lot easier than I expected, although it took a few goes to get the hang of the training. Free days were more than a little over the top, but you live and learn. I finished that challenge at 59.6kg, just 1.6kg short of my goal. All the intense training and clean eating had obviously addled my brain, since I decided to do another 12 weeks without a break. This time I only ditched another 1.4kg, but the visible difference was quite astonishing.

You can see my challenge photos on my BFL site, if you're interested.

The thing that most surprised me about my challenges was the impact of the 'warm & fuzzy' stuff that I'd thought was really corny at first. The Universal law of Reciprocation is a kind of 'Pay it Forward' deal, where you give support, help, encouragement or whatever to others with no expectation of return. The funny thing is, the more joy you spread around, the more benefits you reap yourself. Over the past couple of years, I've made some great friends through BFL, and have received all kinds of help, advice, and even some material things, which I never expected.

So-o-o.....from there I muddled along, living my new healthy lifestyle, hanging out at the gym, studying for my gym instructor's certificate, and then my personal trainer qualification. My PT business is up and running and doing very well, thank you. I've refined the whole diet thing, and now eat completely differently from the way I started off, go to the gym only 4 days a week, but train far more intensely, and at the moment I only walk for my cardio. But that's another story.

Long story short and all that, here's how it all turned out. This is me at my 40th birthday party (Yes, again! Avert your eyes if you have a weak stomach...) and a lot less of me, aged 45, taken early this year:

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