This isn’t a fad or a quick fix, this is a lifestyle change.
UPDATE: This post is getting a lot of attention thanks to the inspirational team at True Grit, and the obstacle racing scene in South Australia is still a great motivation in my life to become more fit and better than yesterday (#BTY). I hadn’t posted an updated photo set lately, so here’s how I’m tracking after dropping to 66kg then working on gaining some lean bulk:
4 and a half months ago I posted the results of my lifestyle change in the article “HowTo: Lose weight and get fit“, and now – 9 months after beginning my journey – I’m still getting fantastic results. It just goes to show that if you eat clean, train hard, and have the self control to stick to your plans, it’s not actually too hard to achieve your goals.
I’m still counting kilojoules, and in my opinion the only way to efficiently and effectively change to a healthy lifestyle is to understand the numbers behind your bodies input and output of energy. Changing your diet without understanding why is a surefire way to put weight back on when you reach your goals and return to your ‘normal’ diet. Learn about what you are eating and you’ll teach yourself how to eat properly for the rest of your life.
I have now completed P90X, P90X2 and a hybrid P90X/X2 program. Lately I have been running around 20-30km a week, and also completed the 12km True Grit military style obstacle course (Caudo Vineyard). I have also made 50km bicycle rides part of my routine, and am now getting into swimming on a regular basis (Triathlon training, perhaps?)
Finally, just to prove that I’m not cheating or pulling any of my fitness claims out of thin air, here is pictorial evidence of the changes: