I will be the first to admit that I am not quite ready for the front cover of Men's Health magazine, but I am still pretty proud of what I have managed to achieve!
This goal has always gone hand-in-hand with one of my other goals, which was to get back down to a weight of 70 kilos, (11 stone, or 154 lb), and maintain that weight. I managed to reach my target weight just before Christmas 2009, and have been under that ever since. I am currently just under 150lbs.
These two goals have both been prompted by being somewhat overweight at one point, around 2005. At my worst, I was 10 kilos (or 22lb) heavier than my target weight. Not hugely overweight or anything, but bigger than I had ever been before, and I didn't particularly like it, or feel too good about it.
And so the thinking behind these two goals was to achieve a fitter, healthier, leaner lifestyle.
Over the last five weeks, while staying here with Val and Brenda in Colorado Springs, Val has been my motivator, taking me climbing up The Incline, and visiting the local gym. His buddy Tim has taken me on a few long hikes, and we have been trying to eat as healthily as possible too.
This is the sort of stuff I needed to be doing regularly for six months or more to really achieve the goal in fine style, but travel, time constraints, and the need to focus on other goals too has made this a bit of a challenge
As with any sort of development that takes place a little at a time over a long period, it is difficult to see any changes, but every now and then, as I pass the mirror in the morning, and I feel pretty pleased with the results so far!
The first picture here is from early 2005, when I was at my heaviest. I'm the one on the left - oh dear! The last two from this morning. Goal achieved, at least in spirit and intention, I think!
The video is a little tongue-in-cheek reminder of the tough regime Val has put me through for five weeks now. I certainly couldn't have done it without him.
We celebrated this goal by taking the night off, inviting all of the fantastic friends I have made here in Colorado to Red Robin, and eating burgers and fries, and drinking beer. That's the last five weeks of hard work undone!!
Thanks once again to Val and Brenda for their support and encouragement on this goal. Thanks also to Tim, and everyone else who came and climbed The Incline with me too. Also, I must mention Val's local gym, Anytime Fitness, who allowed me to use their great facilities as a visitor for a month at no charge.
Finally, thanks to Val and Brenda again for welcoming me into their home for five weeks, and to everyone who I have met in Colorado. What a beautiful place you have here. I have had a fantastic time over the last month. Hope to see you all again soon.