The first day of this month was my 27th birthday. I went on a cycle ride to a nearby hill, indulged in some self discovery, had fun, but I did not have cake! My parents might have figured that I probably won’t eat it because I have cut down a lot on sweets and sugar. A lot! I did not ask them to get one either. The ride took almost the entire day and hence I did not bother getting one myself either. I do not host birthday parties and hence no more opportunities of finding a cake. I did not complain neither did I want to. A month later, it irks me. It was my Birthday. Every birthday deserves a cake. And somewhere at the back of my mind, there laid a cake that was not getting eaten. So I got myself a little piece of the heavenly dessert today
This is the reason why I am starting the program. The program is going to be a part of my life. For every single day! And I will dial it up when I have an event coming up, a race or a personal challenge. Because I love cake and so many other foods. I do not want to abstain myself from eating the things I love. I’d like a regulation but not abolishment! It isn’t fair to have missed cake on my birthday. And hence, the program restarts tomorrow.
Here’s how I have prepped for it.
1. I ate my cake and threw it away too because the desire is fulfilled and now out of my system.
2. I watched rocky. Because it is the story of a simpleton being able to do great things.
3. I will smoke a cigarette tonight before I go to sleep to get some closure.
4. Instead of shaving my head off like I usually do, I left out a mohawk. Because, badass is what badass gets.
5. I’ve noted measurements of my body, to compare somewhere in the future.
6. I’ve scribbled all over my calendar on the wall with workouts for each day.
7. I have set alarms on three different devices to make sure I wake up early enough in the morning.
Don’t get fooled by the title. Or maybe you can. At the start of this year I decided to start living cleaner and start exercising just like most of you would have. After two weeks into the year I found an exercise program online that promised six pack abs in an insanely unbelievable short amount of time. I signed up to find out that a few days of prep exercises later that the rest of the program was not free. Classic internet scam! But it gave me a great idea. “Screw you internet trainer.” I found a great set of exercises and modified them to fit the ankle I was healing that I discovered later was broken. I stuck to the program and avenged my ankle by running the TCS Bangalore 10K and finishing it at a personal best time of 0:57:14.
You must understand that prior to this I was fat, weak, alcoholic, smoked a lot of cigarettes, had no routine in my life whatsoever, healthy or otherwise. Basically a crappy existence.
The ankle fiasco required me to train a little too much too soon for the 10K. And so, after the 10K, I gave myself some rest, two months to be precise and this time I wanted to strengthen my ankles for further training. All I did during the rest was some push ups, a little walking, regular physio for my ankles, stuck to my detox juice fairly regularly and my weight was deteriorating on its own thank to the sped up metabolism. What else happened to me during this time was that I was slowly slipping into the not so good lifestyle.
Two and a half months of rest and recovery later, on the first of august, I restart the program. And since blogs are like a diary in a digital sense, I am going to update here the second edition of what I want to call ‘the program.’ I will share the workouts I pick up on and their complications/simplifications. The diet I follow, progress and hindrances along with motivation tips and I hope to help inspire anyone or someone to live healthier.
I do have to declare that I am not a physical trainer, dietician or any such person whose information is to be accepted as completely credible. I am discovering things on a trial and error basis and merely sharing my experiences. I will not be held responsible for any difficulties or injuries you may face because you decided to follow what I do. If you are interested, do get yourself checked by a good doctor before you start working out and do not attempt to do anything that seems stupid to you.