Get Started in Fitness - STOMPApparel Founder, Barry's Story
Your fitness and health change, my 5 tips to getting you started.
This is often the hardest activity of all. The last few strides of an event won’t be as hard as the first steps you make on your fitness and health change.
Everyone’s main aim should simply to be healthy and fit to enjoy whatever you wish to achieve. That may mean being fit enough to enjoy time with the kids, go for a long walk, enjoy some Crossfit or maybe take on a Marathon.
2 years ago I was not fit and healthy enough to enjoy what I wanted to do. At the time I thought that was the new normal for me. I was nearing 50, in a job which included corporate style networking, a lot of sitting down and there never seemed enough hours in the day. I was having the odd game of squash, playing a little golf and enjoying the odd swim in the dreaded lap lane but it was hard for me to run 400m (1/4 mile).
My how things have changed! Since then I have lost over 20 kgs (45 lbs). Maybe not a lot to some, but that dropped my weight from 93kg (205 lbs) to under 73kg (160 lbs). Of interest I am 182cm (6ft) tall. Recently I completed a ½ marathon and also the Olympic size Tri Athlon. More importantly I am healthier and have more energy to achieve what I need to.
People who have seen this journey ask how I did it? Are you OK? Do you miss meals? How could I do it? What is next? I get a whole range of statements or questions. Some congratulate me, some suggest they could never do it, some never wish to do it, some wish they could.
Below is the method I used. It is nothing complicated or tricky. It can be done alone and with limited input from others or financial outlay. For myself, I had support from my wonderful wife, Linda, family, friends including long standing mate Andrew and trainer Brent of Healthier Life Group Training & PT. I thank them for their endless support, ideas and encouragement.
1. As I mentioned first, the hardest part is to get going and then to commit to the process.The first initial thing I did was go and see my family Doctor. He gave me a check over and ran a few tests. This was to ensure there were no foreseeable barriers to me exerting myself. It also gives you good peace of mind to know that all is ticking correctly as you will need to draw on that confidence at times. Interestingly, now when I visit the Doctor, he can see what I have now achieved, and this, is a massive mental boost. Instead of the Doctor saying I need to lose weight, asking how active I am, he is congratulating me! Thumbs up there.
2. Next I weighed myself and wrote the figure on household calendar. We have one hanging in the kitchen for writing reminders on it. It is a visual reminder where you started and where you want to be.
3. Take a photo of yourself. You don’t have to post it on Facebook. Just for yourself. Could be full body in shorts, maybe just of your face and neck area. Look upon it as memento at his point. You will look back later and be amazed.
4. Personally I like to tell one or two people what I am up to. Once I have told people I feel more obligated. Also once you are committed to doing this, to maximize your chance of success it is best for people around you to be “on board”. For example Linda, my wife is an excellent cook. Lucky me, but diet had to change. Friends and family will support you.
5. Set a small first goal. This is very personal. Don’t set a goal that will take too long to achieve. Something attainable in say a month or 2. This could range from losing an initial amount of the anticipated weight loss, being able to run 1 kilometer or being able to keep up with kids.