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The Law of Atrophy

For those late to the party, at the beginning of 2011, I decided I needed to get fit. Not only did I need to get fit, but I needed to lose near enough to one hundred kilograms. I’m sure you’ll agree that the task was pretty big and required drastic changes, so I embarked on a health and fitness regime that involved four workout sessions per week with a personal trainer, three additional sessions per week either by myself or in a group fitness class and a radical change to my eating habits. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that difficult and it worked. By Christmas I had lost fifty kilograms – half the weight I needed to lose. However, the dreaded plateau effect kicked in and I hit a wall. It was about that time that I came into contact with Shannan Ponton of “The Biggest Loser” fame and in January of this year I embarked on an intensive eight week challenge that he put together. To say that I smashed through the plateau is an understatement. I lost another twenty-one kilos in that eight week period and achieved a level of fitness that I though was well and truly behind me. I was a new man.


Fast forward to July of this year and I began a new chapter of my life. I started a new job and moved to a new town, BUT, I fell into some old habits. My diet degenerated, my training became less frequent and I started to put on weight again. In fact, I put on nearly half of what Shannan had helped me lose. As with last time, drastic times called for drastic measures so when the opportunity to team up with Shannan again, I jumped at the chance. However this time I wasn’t coming off a base of regular training and healthy eating. I’m now starting from a mentally worse position that I did at the start of the year, so whilst the weight loss goals are not as important, the changes in attitude are. I have single-handedly proved the law of atrophy – that is, if you do nothing, you won’t just stay where you are, you’ll actually go backwards.

To cut a long story short, I’ve just finished the first week of the challenge and have lost 3.4 kilograms – and I have to say that week one wasn’t perfect. My diet was less than strict and my training infrequent. This week is a new beginning and I’m on my way to losing another twenty kilograms and getting back on track to my ultimate goal. I’ll be blogging about my journey each week and speaking to Shannan regularly on Hunter Valley Today about my progress. I hope you’ll help keep me accountable and maybe learn something along the way.



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Hi Stephen, just checking you out and surprised that you went off your diet, you were doing so well with your weight loss. Hope you are well and enjoying living in the hunter, we miss hearing you over here. Regards, Irene Hay Macksville

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrene Hay

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