This past Monday marked the one-month mark of my exercise and fitness regimen on my #Roadto40. So, much like she did on January 22 of this year, Katie of Precision Athletics took my measurements with the help of some cold and sharp calipers. The measurements only took a couple of minutes: she would name a body part, hook up the calipers to pinch said body part, I would grimace and hold back my tears, she would remove the calipers, and I would pretend it didn’t hurt.
The final results showed some decent progress: in one month I lost 11 pounds, shed 4 inches off of my waist, and reduced my body fat by over 4%.
I knew that I had lost some weight over the month as my watch and wedding started to slide a bit and I moved to the next notch on my belt buckle. My double chin is less pronounced (it’s more like a 1.5 chin now) and both my face and waist are a tad slimmer.
My first small group training session for the 360 Degree Abs program got off to an auspicious start. I walked into Precision Athletics at exactly 7:27am – 3 minutes before my half an hour class was scheduled to begin.
“Good morning, I’m Clay”, I blurted out to the trainer.
“Nice to meet you, Clay”, Amy answered. “Have you warmed up yet?”
“Sort of…I ran over here from my office.” I failed to tell her that my office was only half a block away.
“Go get on the treadmill for a few minutes.”
I walked confidently over to the treadmill ready to show it that there was a new sheriff in town. Apparently the sheriff didn’t know how to read because I didn’t even know how to turn it on. It basically looked like a computer with a conveyor belt and handles attached to it. By the time I figured it out, I only got on for about a minute before being called back. Continue reading My #Roadto40: Trauma on the Treadmill→
As I type up this blog, I’m savouring every single sip of my Pepsi. That’s because I will starting an exercise regimen and nutrition challenge as I commit to becoming healthier.
Believe it or not, I used to be in good shape. I participated in many sports in high school and university, and was likely at my peak physical condition when I was 21 years old; I even had a 6-pack stomach haha. When Gail and I got married in 2000, I was a svelte 140 pounds and a size 28 waist. As I got older, my metabolism began to slow down and I started to gain weight slowly yet steadily.
After Dad died in 2004, I went to see my family doctor for a check-up. He told me that my blood, heart, and cholesterol were all fine but that he wanted me to lose 10 – 15 pounds. Well that was 9 years ago and since then I’ve gained weight instead of losing it.