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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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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