Results are in!

Ok.  This morning I had my final measure and last training session before I go on holidays and before I turn the big four o.

Here are the results from each of the assessments over the past three and a bit months.

Lifestyle Total 1-10 (10 being great!)

Mon 03 Oct

Wed 02 Nov

Wed 30 Nov

Wed 21 Dec

Wed 18 Jan

Thu 09 Feb

Energy Levels

7.00

7.00

8.00

6.00

8.00

7.00

Quality of Sleep

6.00

8.00

8.00

8.00

7.00

7.00

Coping with Stress

7.00

8.00

8.00

8.00

6.00

7.00

Self Esteem

8.00

8.00

9.00

8.00

7.00

7.00

Body Image

4.00

5.00

6.00

7.00

6.00

7.00

Total

32.00

36.00

39.00

37.00

34.00

35.00

 

I think some of the scores above are reflective of the business I’ve been experiencing in the lead up to holidays and perhaps overcompensating for trying NOT to show artificial improvements.  I actually feel pretty good about things.

           
Scales

Mon 03 Oct

Wed 02 Nov

Wed 30 Nov

Wed 21 Dec

Wed 18 Jan

Thu 09 Feb

Weight

82.90

84.50

82.90

81.80

80.70

81.80

 I was happy to not drop too much weight. Sure I wanted to lose fat but I didn’t want to get ‘smaller’.            
Girths

Mon 03 Oct

Wed 02 Nov

Wed 30 Nov

Wed 21 Dec

Wed 18 Jan

Thu 09 Feb

Chest

106

109.00

110.00

110.00

108.00

107.00

Shoulders

124

128.00

127.00

125.00

123.00

123.00

Right Arm

38

39.50

39.00

38.50

38.50

39.00

Left Arm

37

38.70

38.50

37.50

37.50

38.00

Waist

94

94.50

91.50

90.50

90.00

89.00

Hips

104

105.50

104.00

102.50

102.00

103.00

Left Thigh

60

61.00

59.50

59.00

59.00

59.00

Right Thigh

60

61.00

59.50

59.00

59.00

59.00

Left Calf

37.5

38.00

37.60

37.00

36.50

37.00

Right Calf

36.5

38.00

38.00

37.30

37.50

37.50

Total

697.00

713.20

704.60

696.30

691.00

691.50

             
Skin Folds

Mon 03 Oct

Wed 02 Nov

Wed 30 Nov

Wed 21 Dec

Wed 18 Jan

Thu 09 Feb

Tricep

12.60

11.00

10.00

8.00

8.00

8.00

Bicep

4.40

4.40

4.00

4.10

3.80

2.50

Subscap

16.00

15.50

14.00

12.80

12.00

12.00

Suprailliac

15.00

13.00

12.40

10.60

10.80

11.00

Subtotal

48.00

43.90

40.40

35.50

34.60

33.50

Abdominals

38.00

38.00

28.00

24.40

23.00

23.40

Midax (males)

13.00

13.40

11.00

10.40

10.00

9.80

Thigh

22.00

20.50

16.50

15.80

15.80

15.60

Calf

9.20

10.00

10.00

8.70

8.50

8.40

Total

#VALUE!

125.80

105.90

94.80

91.90

90.70

So with girths there are some things you want to get bigger (arms, legs, chest etc) and some things you want to see reduce, like my waistline so you need to look at the individual sites rather than the total number.  Excess fat around the mid section is the dangerous stuff for males.  Particularly as we age.  So this I was happy to see come down by 5cm.  Still some to go.  The corresponding skin-folds (how much skin.fat can be held between a pair of callipers (see earlier post for pics of these delightful little things) have come down significantly on my belly too, which is great.

So the numbers are one aspect.  There are other factors that are less quantifiable but nonetheless important.   I’m eating healthier again, and I’m back on track with my exercise, this has positively impacted my psyche.  I’m feeling better about myself and it’s spilled over into my professional life as well.  Several clients have recently commented on my apparently healthy lifestyle, whether it’s carrying my gym bag with me to get in a session at lunch or bringing my own (healthy) food to workshops and conferences.  Funnily enough I think it may have even inspired some of them to work on their own health.  You really do become more inspirational through your actions than you do through your rhetoric.

They say a pictures worth a thousand words.  I’ll shut up now and post my before and after pics.

Top row is before, bottom row is now.

 

So this change has occurred over a period of approximately 18 weeks or a little over 4 months.  It’s not super dramatic and I’m certainly no fitness model but it’s definitely in the right direction and if I compared myself (that’s right, I shouldn’t be doing that) with other 40 year old males I’d have to hold my own against the majority of them in terms of health and fitness.

Stats

  • 126 days = approx 108 training sessions
  • 5 meals a day = 630 meals or opportunities to eat healthy
  • 108 self-reflective personal development conversations (at least)

Next Steps:

I’ve been thinking about my next goals, as you know.  I’m still unclear on exactly what I want to aim for.  It’s long been about ‘looking good’ for me as some base level.  I’ve then intellectualised over the top of that and included cardio fitness (for sensible heart health), functional fitness (including flexibility) for longevity and all the sensible things.  But really, I think I just want to be able to look good at the beach (yeah I know, poser) and be able to play the occasional sports, go for a ride or a run and that’s probably enough.  With that in mind I’m leaning towards setting a BIG SCARY GOAL.  It would be a 2 year goal at the minimum and I’ve got to find the right reasons or else I’ll have no chance of sticking with it. It would require some significant commitment and effort and I want to make sure I’m in the right space before setting it.

As for this blog.  I’m not really sure where we’re going to take it next.  It’s been a reciprocal arrangement/social media experiment between myself and Zenergy to see if we can get a readership following of people who are struggling with the same issues I am and somehow identify with my ‘journey’.  In doing so I can help Zenergy to promote their mission of helping more people to get the results they want.  Because I believe in what they do, have experienced it first hand AND can compare it to other offerings out there (tri squad, running clubs, cross fit, other PT’s and going it alone) I am 1000% confident that they can and will deliver.  Over the years I have referred numerous of my friends and contacts to them and have not once regretted it.  So the rough intention at this stage is for me to continue blogging but probably on a weekly cycle.  If you are interested in what I write and think that it or Zenergy has some value to the broader community you can help me to spread the word.  You can like the updates on your Facebook page, become a fan of the Zenergy Facebook page, forward blog posts to your contacts and generally help to spread the word.

Ok.  That’s it for me for now.  I’m going skiing in Utah for 2 weeks then heading to New York to celebrate my 40th birthday.  See you on the flip side.

 

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