Broken Chairs and Big Muscles (yeah, right!)

You know what the cracking moment was for me to finally become serious and shelf all the fad diets and short cuts that would do more damage than good?

I was in class recently teaching and it was a Thursday, that means I have a full days teaching from 8am to 2pm. I was tired in my last class and although I don’t normally sit down, that day I was really tired. I sat down and took the weight off my feet and children were coming to me showing me their work and asking questions as usual.

Then all of a sudden (as if in slow motion) I felt the chair I was on moving to the side and then…..BOOM! ……I hit the deck!

I was on the ground for a few seconds but it felt like a life time. I said to myself “Oh God make all the kids take it easy on me!”

Then I stood up (big bright red face) and waited for the classes reaction (I teach grade 4 so they are about 9-10 years old). Then one girl piped up, “Wow Mr. Andrew broke the chair, he’s so strong, wooooohhaa!” Now it wasn’t sarcasm because Indonesians don’t know how to be sarcastic, especially when they are speaking English.

The class then seamed to agree with her and came out with similar responses. One little boy came up to me and squeezed my right bicep.

Inside I was still wanting to put my lip over my head and swallow, but their response was not what I expected. I said to God; “Thanks for that quick favor!” I left that class in bits inside, I instantly became chair-o-phobic standing in meetings or looking for a stronger chair.

It is around this time that I started to hit the internet, books, fitness trainers and really educate myself about how my body works and how I can lose weight; slowly, naturally and permanently.

This has to work, for my health, for my wife and son. And I just want to feel good about myself and feel energetic and not a lethargic plodder.

Well, here’s to the pain or discipline, here I come!!


Monday 14th – Sailing Through

Breakfast – Quaker Oatmeal, Whey, 1 table spoonful of Peanut butter and low-fat hot milk.

Snack 1 – raw carrot

Lunch – 2 slices of wholemeal bread, 1 breast of chicken, 1 table spoonful of mayo and a thin slice of low-fat cheese

Snack 2 – apple

Dinner – Omelet; 4 eggs, 1 breast of chicken, handful of mushrooms and a thin slice of low-fat cheese

Snack 3 – slice of watermelon

Stepping It Up!

I have now being doing strength training for two weeks following my current workout, now I have stepped up and I am doing 3 circuits.  I was excited about stepping it up, I woke up on the ball at 4am and sailed through the workout.  Let’s hope I can keep the momentum through until Friday.

Tonight I am going to add some more cardio; I have never done cardio on the days when I do strength training, let see how it works out.