Losing Weight

surfing port waikatoAs a competitive body builder many years ago (and a successful one at that) I learnt just how quickly you can put weight on and take it off again when it is competition time.

I used this knowledge and skill to both put on a lot of weight in the body building off season and so I could add some size for the rugby season. I also used this knowledge to lose weight incredibly quickly when it was time to compete in my regional comps and then the nationals.

This knowledge also became quite useful when I started competing in martial arts at both the regional and national levels. The ability to lose 20 to 25 kgs in 12 weeks was very useful however it has also created a problem later on when I started to work out less and continued to eat similar portions to what I was eating while I was training.

Every time I was asked if i would lose some weight or look to trim fat and gain muscle I always said, hey no problem, I can do that and it only takes 12 weeks. This of course means I can leave it until I really want to lose the weight.

Anyway over the last 5 years I have trained about 10% of what I used too and admittedly I did drop back on how much I ate as well, however I have still managed to redesign my body and convert much loved muscle into delightful (to the children) wobbly masses.

This became most apparent when Rebecca said to me one day “Sweety your forearms have shrunk” to which I replied “no they haven’t you are just getting used to my massive muscles”. “No Sweety” she said “You used to have freaky huge forearms, and now they are just big”.

So one day recently, to prove my point I grabbed my diary with measurements, weight, training details etc in it and a tape measure and promptly gave myself a heart attack. I had lost 3 inches from each forearm and 2 inches on my biceps which to a bodybuilder is worse than losing a testicle. So a total of 10 inches had been lost from my forearms and biceps…however all is not lost…in fact we found exactly where those massive muscles had gone…my tummy had grown 10 inches in the same time.

So I had been 110kgs and I still am however most of the mass around my shoulders, back chest and arms had moved downwards and the look is not quite as impressive as it once was.

Over the last 2 years I had also pretty much stopped surfing which recently has changed and it is this change which has made me decide not to redistribute the weight but to actually get rid of it… 15 kilograms in fact.

You see when I go paddling out with my surf buddy mark (my height but only 70 kgs) it is rather obvious that carrying an extra 40 kilograms over him means one thing and one thing only…he will catch more waves!

When you watch someone catching waves that you can’t even get started on (they are too small) you have to do one of two things:

1. Buy a long board which is not my style of surfing so that’s the option of last resort

2. Lose some weight and get fitter.

So option number 2 it was. I weighted myself (110.2 kilograms) and set my goal at 95 kilograms which will be an exceptional weight for me to be surfing at.

The actual date I set this goal was 2 weeks ago and today I am 107.2 kilograms without too much trying.

The main differences I have done over the last 2 weeks is include a lot more exercise in my day (mostly boxing sessions) and started eating more (that may sound counter intuitive but I will explain, probably in another post as i think I’m at my limit for writing in one day).

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