TubbyPaul

One mans fight with his waist line!

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#OpMassive Afghan Training!

Posted by Tubby Paul on November 22, 2013

Well I thought I best give you a little update on how I am getting on out here in Afghanistan! I have been training hard, sticking to my routine, and even though it is only 3 weeks in, I am sure I can see a difference in my shape already! I have had to get some smaller trousers, and the shoulders and arms on my t-shirts are definitely getting tighter! I am hoping that when I head home, I will actually have some shoulders I can actually be proud of, and then I’ll feel justified in treating myself to a Skinny Chimp vest to show them off in!

On the subject of Skinny Chimp, if you are on Twitter or Facebook, give them and the #ChimpArmy a follow, they provide inspiration and motivation every day, and the mixes they put on soundcloud I am sure help me lift more in the gym! I am not connected with the company, just a fan!

So what has my training been? Well I have been doing weights Monday to Friday, broken down to shoulders, chest, back, legs then arms, then Mondays and Thursdays I have been taking Performance Cycling classes, and running on a Sunday. Sometimes I have been squeezing in an extra run here and there, nothing big, just always about 5 km just to keep me ticking over!

I know, that made me chuckle, classing 5 km as “just” and “ticking over” oh how I never want to go back to how I was before, where I honestly believed I just wasn’t built to be able to run! The thought of running just a mile would fill me with dread! And now I am starting to think about preparing for my biggest challenge so far, the full 26.1 miles that is the Virgin London Marathon! Just like when I signed up for the Perkins Great Eastern Half, I am filled with a huge sense of awe at the daunting task ahead of me, but this time it is a little different, this time I am a runner already, all be it I’m no Mo, but I genuinely enjoy running now, to pound the streets gives me time to meditate, to clear my head, there is something primal about it, almost spiritual, so while yes, 26 miles does seem like a bloody long way, I am actually looking forward to the challenge!

I will of course be #RunningForRAFA again, the RAF Association do some brilliant work, but I will write a blog about why I run for them at another time! But if you would like to help me support this wonderful charity, you can do so here!

The trouble is, my work up for London is going to have to start while I am out here, for about the first 6 weeks of my training plan, which means I will have to spend more time in the hamster wheel in the gym, while I find running outside spiritual, running on a treadmill is the opposite, but unfortunately the outside running options here in Afghan are a little limited! I will still be carrying on with #OpMassive too, I’ll be wearing a vest in April as well! 😉

Right that will do from me for now,

See you in the gym!

Paul

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Sorry!!

Posted by Tubby Paul on October 15, 2013

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Post Run Exhaustion!

I owe you all an apology, I must be the worst blogger ever! Seriously, those of you who can fit in working, exercising, family time AND blogging I am in awe of you and have no idea how you do it!

Right, well since I last posted, I have changed from being someone who was hoping they could drag my arse around 13.1 miles to a sub 2 hour half marathon runner! (Yes you read that right!)  I will do a proper post about the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2013 soon!

I have now taken part in a few ParkRuns at the beautiful Ferry Meadows in Peterborough, and I am really enjoying it, the last time I went, I was a lot slower though, as my eldest came with me, and bless her she made it, she finished the 5k in 45 minutes, with me as a very proud Dad! She is now planning her training routes and working out when she can get out running at her Mums house too, I am well proud of her!

Oh I ate all my sample box of absolutely brilliant Quest Nutrition bars, again, I will get my review written soon, but safe to say white chocolate & raspberry is heavenly!

Sad to say that with all my running training, plus my shift work while I’ve been up at Lossiemouth, I haven’t taken a single indoor cycling class for ages now, but I’ll get to put that right soon, with regular classes while I am in Afghanistan!

I didn’t tell you about that you say?? Well yes, for the last few months I have been doing the 1000 mile round trip commute up and down to Lossiemouth in North East Scotland, where I have had the pleasure of working on 617 Sqn, the Dambusters, and now I am preparing to deploy as part of this historic squadrons final deployment operating Tornado!

What else, oh yes, well I may have got a little carried away, but as I am enjoying my running so much, I asked the RAF Association if they would allow me to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for them, and they said yes! It is a scary prospect, running for roughly 4 and a half hours non stop, I have a lot to do to get ready for it, including how to fuel myself around the run! I am going to experiment with gels I think, if anyone has any brands or flavours they would recommend, let me know please!  I am hoping to raise a lot of money for RAFA, so please support if you can.

Right, that’ll do for now, I’ll TRY not to take so long for my next post, but I’m not promising!

See you in the gym,

Paul

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Holiday Training

Posted by Tubby Paul on July 25, 2013

Well as you may or may not be aware, I am now officially in my training phase ready for my first ever half marathon, the Perkins Great Eastern half marathon in Peterborough, (if you can, please follow my just giving link and donate!) but I am very aware that I need to be ready for it! Now while 13.1 miles is not a huge great distance, it is still quite a big first challenge for me, a man who always hated running! 

I have found a training program on line that I am following, I also have an app called Endomondo on my phone which tracks my runs, and using their website I have just planned out my holiday run routes from where we are staying, so there is no messing around, the routes are already stored in my phone with maps and everything!  I really am liking Endomondo, I do plan to write a full review when I get time. I only have the free subscription, however I really am thinking about upgrading!

So my run routes are organised, my x-train days will be spent on the beach, either swimming or shuttles in the sand, and instead of my usual weights program, I will be doing a body weight circuit of press – ups, burpees, squat jumps, crunches, dips and heel taps, so i should be okay there too.

Yes my diet will not be as good as normal, but our eating habits as a family have changed, so yes there will be some treats, it will not be as bad as it used to be!

The only thing I need to remember now is to pack my trainers, and enjoy my holiday, knowing that it wont have hampered my efforts to run the Perkins Great East Run, and hopefully raise lots of money for the Royal Air Force Association!

See you in the gym (or on the beach!)

Paul

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Can’t Run, Won’t Run!

Posted by Tubby Paul on November 3, 2012

Well this is frustrating now, just as I’m actually starting to enjoy running outside, I go and tweak my leg!
Went for a 45 minute run on Monday, and about 20 minutes in, down the length of my left shin started to ache. I guess with hindsight that would have been a good time to stop and head home, but nope, I kept going, ran my 45 minutes, and don’t tell everyone, but I did actually enjoy my run!

I got home, my leg quite sore, a shower and some ibuprofen made me feel much better, and I didn’t think a great deal more of it! The next day, I just had a dull ache, so about half advanced hour before my run, I popped a couple more tablets, and headed out. I only had time for a 20 minute run, so decided to do my old short loop and try to pick up the pace a little!

I know, yes totally the wrong thing to do! However there was no more pain on the run as I’d taken the tablets, so ran quick, and thought no more of it apart from an ache by bed time!

So now its Wednesday, and I decide to do a bit of a DIY mini circuit, 20m shuttles, Sprint then walk x 10, followed by 10 sit-ups. Managed my first set okay, got up from my sit-ups to start a sprint and ow, nope, I’m not doing that! Right, bugger, okay, let’s just jog back home then…ow nope, not doing that either!

Slow walk home it is then, and a few days of rest and stretching it is, its Saturday now, and my leg still aches, guess I will find out on Monday how it is as I will have to run at work, if it still hurts I will have to get signed off running for a few weeks. I really don’t want that to happen, as I really am starting to enjoy my running, as well as feeling and (I hope) looking better.

Guess time will tell, at least I can still do other cardiovascular and strength training, just have to make sure its low impact!  I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!

See you in the gym

Paul

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Couch to 5km in 4 weeks!

Posted by Tubby Paul on August 31, 2012

Let me just get a few things clear at the start of this post, this is not a training programme, I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert in anything to do with fitness or nutrition or medical stuff, in fact I’m not exactly what you would call an expert in anything really, and I can not, nor would not advise you to follow what I have done without making your own mind up! I am not going to tell you what to do, I have no magic wand to wave that will make it happen, all I can do is tell you about me, and how I have done it!

As you may or may not be aware, I am fat! I have always had a weight issue, mainly because I love eating, I love food, pretty much all food, and in large quantities! I also did not exercise very much… (For very much read not at all!) I have tried to give myself a kick up the arse needed a few times, but with little success, so what did I do differently this time I hear you ask?

The Problem
Well….It all started with a holiday, my holiday, my annual family holiday to the Isle of Wight, we go every year, and this year, I really indulged! We had used an online supermarket to order our food, and it was delivered just after we arrived, what became immediately apparent was that we had over ordered, A LOT! We had so much bacon it was unbelievable, but it had been on a very good special offer! Crisps too, had been on another fantastic offer, well you sense the theme now I’m sure, there was lots of naughty food, and I ate most of it!

The size of my problem was not obvious until the Monday morning after our holiday, when as usual, I wake up before the rest of the house, sneaking round in the dark trying not to wake everyone up as I get ready for work, everything going to plan until I go to do my trousers up….

….WOW they are tight, but they do do up! Just!

The Solution
Yes I have the fortunate position of not having to pay for my work clothes, but there is a little bit of pride that is making me not go to stores and change my trousers for the next waist size up! Yes they would be more comfortable, and yes they would probably hang better and look smarter, but I refuse! There is only one thing to do, and that is to shift some of this flab!

Step 1
New Shoes, my old trainer’s god rest their souls had been around for a while, (15 years aprox!) and had just recently been binned after a Mediterranean fishing trip involving standing in defrosted prawn juice, as they were no longer in a state where I could take them into a building! So I took myself off to Advance Performance in Peterborough. There I had quite an informative and a very interesting 30 or 40 minutes, that involved me being videoed with my jeans rolled up, running on a treadmill! Now this is not some new fetish thing, I hope, but GAIT ANALYSIS basically they do some fancy things measuring how you roll your feet when you run, they can then work out what type of support you need from a trainer, and after trying on several pairs, a bit more videoing, and a few laps of the car park, I settled on a pair of Zoot Men’s Ultra Kalani 2.0 shoes, and have never looked back!
Step 2
Start off slow, I got on the running machine got it up to a slow jog pace and plodded as long as I could, about 12 minutes! And I went to the gym every week day. I would sit on the exercise bike for 20 minutes then get on the runner and go for as long as I could, every day it got a little bit longer!
Step 3
Set a target. My first target was to run for 30 minutes. I was over the moon when I managed this, yes it had been a slow plod, but I had plodded for a whole half an hour! This was a great achievement for me!
Step 4
Find distractions. I was very lucky to nearly always have the gym to myself, so had the running machine in front of the television and could choose what I wanted to watch! I would normally choose a comedy show; QI is a favourite, something to take my mind off what I was actually doing! I now have to use a different gym, and this one is busier, so my little MP3 player has come out, it was prodigy yesterday that powered me to my 5 km!
Step 5
Pick up the pace. All I did once knock up the pace by 0.1 kph every day or so. This soon adds up, but is barely noticeable to the body!
And that’s about it! Wait I hear you cry, you’re not at 5 km yet, you can’t finish there!!
Well you’re right of course, and that’s because when I ran 5 km yesterday, I actually had no intention of doing so, I got on the machine to run my 30 minutes, put prodigy on my headphones loud and started plodding, at 20 minutes I felt quite fresh still, and it was at that moment I decided right, lets go, lets see if I can make it to 5 km, and I did! Yes I know 40 minutes for 5 km is slow, but when you compare it to what I was doing 4 weeks ago?
I for one am over the moon, and it just goes to show that if I can do it anyone can! The first session is hard to reach, the second even harder, but after that it becomes easier! I still do NOT like running, however I love the feeling running gives me when I hit another target, and just gaining a tiny bit every day gives you a boost every single day!
See you in the gym,
Paul

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Lets Get Serious!

Posted by Tubby Paul on January 10, 2012

Last night a terrible thing happened. My IPod has stopped playing music, now for a music player to not play music makes it a paper weight, and I don’t need a paper weight! I have loved listening to some good classic dance tunes while I have been in the gym, and the beat has kept me going when I really wanted to stop on more than one occasion already! So now it’s time for some changes.

First of all, my music player. this is now going to take the form of my smart phone, my HTC Desire S. I have loved this phone since I got it, and it will be good to utilise more of its functionality. It also means I have had to go and buy a new set of headphones, as my phone will not plug into the IPod dock at my gym!! The little bud type head phones do not stay in my ears at the best of times, let alone while trying to exercise! I picked up a set of Tevion Sports Headphones for just £3.99, expect a review of these soon!

I have also been thinking about my food. I have said before, to me it is obvious that to lose weight, you need to put in less calories than you use. The trouble is; I love food!! So to help me with this, I am again going to turn to my phone, I have picked the my fitness pal app. This is a food and exercise calendar so you can plot what’s going in, and what’s going out, hopefully this will help me get my waist moving in the right direction!! Again, I will review this app once I have been using it for a while! I also need to start thinking about the type of foods I’m eating, this will be easier once all the chocolate from Christmas has gone though!

The other thing it is time to ring the changes with is my work out itself. So far I have been getting on the treadmill and running for 20 minutes, 30 minutes on the exercise bike, with a few sit ups and press ups to finish. While this is definitely working up a very good sweat, it is going to get quite boring quite quickly, so tonight I am going to investigate the weights in the gym, and create a full body circuit, high reps lower weight, that will help improve my fitness, while helping build my strength. Once I have got the MSFT passed, then I can start working on building some muscle mass, as I would love to have bigger arms!

Of course now I have head phones, there is no reason why my running should be limited to the gym, so I may start feeling brave and heading into the great outdoors for a run (well round the block at least!) I know there are several apps for mapping runs, so I will pick one of those soon too, once I am brave enough to face the outside world!

Anyway time to go, the dog is looking at her lead!

See you in the gym,

Paul

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