Current Weight: 207 lbs / 4-week Weight Change -3 lbs / Total Weight change: 26.6 lbs
In my last progress report, I said I felt that I had lost my way with the process. I’m happy to say, after connecting with a ton of like-minded people on social media, my motivation has fully returned.
Since then I’ve been thinking about my progress so far and what I want to achieve in the future. But more importantly, how I want to achieve it.
As luck would have it, it’s now exactly four weeks since my last update AND it’s new years eve. So what better time to note a few achievements of 2017 and goals for 2018.
So March 2017 marked 1 year since giving up both cigarettes and alcohol.
When I quit smoking and drinking I said to myself I would give myself one year where quitting both of those things would be my only health priority.
With that year up I started FitnessWithFlaws.com and went live with my first post.
Since starting out I’ve dropped just under 27 lb in a completely sustainable way. No gimmicks, no fads, I’ve just strived for balance.
I’ve also lost around 9 inches from my waistline which feels awesome.
In addition to my weight loss I’ve started training and, like the weight loss, have approached it in a moderate yet consistent way.
I’m lifting 3 times a week and have some core-work and steady cardio programmed twice a week.
I’ve gone from lumbering around the gym feeling pretty inadequate to, actually, feeling pretty strong(ish).
When I first walked through the door I could barely manage a push-up or bodyweight squat and could only hang from a pull-up bar for a few seconds.
Since July when I started, all of my lifts have gone up and I feel great.
Finally, I’ve begun studying to become a fully qualified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.
It’s been hard trying to fit it all in with a full-time job, two kids and all of life’s other commitments but I’m learning a lot and really enjoying the challenge.
Not really sure whether my goals and aims for 2018 fall under resolutions but on this evening of 31st December 2017 at 22.43 it seems fitting.
Strength & weight loss
No huge changes here really, I still want to get my body-weight down to around 175 lb from the 207 lb I’m currently at.
Alongside the weight-loss, it would nice to make some progress in the deadlift and squats while getting comfortable with the key movements such as push-ups & pull-ups.
I’m well aware however that while my focus is primarily on weight loss it will be difficult make any dramatic improvements in my lifts, and that’s ok.
One goal I am setting myself is to make sure my form doesn’t suffer. I’ve made the mistake this year of rushing things along and I’ve suffered in terms of injury and progress.
This year, whatever I’m doing, even if I have to drop weight, I want to be graceful and perfect in all lifts!
Meet more people
In a really short space of time, I’ve met some amazing and inspirational people online. I’d really like to continue to grow my network in 2018.
I’m looking around at some of the various expos and events that go on throughout the year and hope to go along to hear from people who are making a difference in the health and fitness field.
Next year I’ve got tons of courses booked in across a range of training principles. Kettlebells, circuits, suspension, injuries and low back pain to mention just a few.
It’s going to be a lot of work but if all goes well I should be qualified, registered, and available to train others by May 18. Yay!
Starting to help
The almost 2 year change from heavy drinker and smoker, to someone with a (reasonably) clean lifestyle, has been quite a journey.
I feel like I have a story to tell and something to offer.
One of my biggest goals for 2018 will be to start helping people in a similar situation to myself.
Time is short, funds are tight, and as a dad of two with all of the commitments that entails It’s unlikely I’ll be able to take a massive career change.
As a result, I don’t yet know how that support will look. But as the year progresses I’ll be looking at ways I can start reaching out to people.
Since starting this process I’ve been amazed by the support I’ve received from the online community, I’ve met some amazing people.
If you are taking the time to read this then thank you, it’s genuinely, from the bottom of heart appreciated.
Wishing you love, peace and prosperity in 2018!