Recently I have started Crossfit and wanted to put together a before post to show where I started. Maybe in a couple of months I can do an update to show where I get to. Today is the end of my first month and my biggest take away is that I’m in so much pain! The good kind of pain though, the kind that tells you that you worked really hard and you are improving. I kind of look forward to this pain in a strange way, it's been years since I have felt it.
To improve you have got to start somewhere so I will give you a little rundown of that. At the moment I am about 114kg. I cycle to and from work so not completely unfit but I don’t feel healthy. I’ve been pretty fat my whole life, at my worst I was around 130kg. At that point me and a friend decided to run a marathon. I trained over 8 months and actually managed to get down to around 105kg. I finished the marathon in just over 5 hours. I felt really happy and confident in my body. It was the best I had felt in my life. Just after this my wife and I welcomed our son into the world. Being a parent is huge and took up a lot of my time. I was a massive change in our lives. It meant that I let my running slip and slowly the kilograms crept back. It was really demoralizing to realise I had a better life and I just let it slip out of my hands. I have managed to keep my weight at about 114kg though. Now I feel like I put a lot of effort in but the scales won't budge. So I have decided to pay no attention to how much I weigh, and just focus on improving my strength and fitness.
This is where Crossfit comes in. I really enjoy the intense workouts which are challenging every time. The workouts are never the same and the people are always supportive and encouraging. I know improving my health is a long process. I’m not looking for a quick fix, rather a change to my whole life. Focusing on strength rather than weight. So I am committing to go 3 times a week at 6 o’clock in the morning. Wish me luck.