My Fitness Journey - Prelude

Hey guys, first fitness post here!

I'd like to start checking in weekly and providing context to my workout and thought i'd explain where i'm coming from before setting off on this journey.

After school I continued eating as I had as a teenager - that is, a lot. Unfortunately my metabolism couldn't keep up and I ballooned to 20 stone. I'm tall, at 6ft 4, but it became noticeable. My Mum was particularly worried and I decided to make a change.

I'd never set foot in a gym before in my life, but at the age of 22 I decided to give it a go. I worked out 3 - 4 times a week doing an overall weights session. I cut out snacks and fizzy drinks (my kryptonite!) and finished each session with 15 - 20 minutes on a treadmill. I did my first ever pushup after a few weeks of trying and couldn't stop!

Somehow, in 6 months i lost 5 stone. I was hooked on working out to the point where I began going twice some days.

Excuse the fashion!
The trouble was, it was unsustainable when I got into a serious relationship and was travelling more for work. I started to go 2 - 3 times a week and began picking at the odd snack. I felt myself slipping. When I moved into my first home all I wanted to do was go home instead of the gym. In the spring of 2014 i'd moved back up to around 18 stone. So I hit the gym.

In ten weeks (working on a summer body for my holiday!) I worked out in some capacity at least six times a week. After a holiday, however, it was unsustainable.

There have been peaks and troughs since, but I'm feeling much better since I started the following plan:

Monday - Chest and triceps
Tuesday - Run (4 - 5 miles)
Wednesday - Back and Biceps
Thursday - Run (4 - 5 miles)
Friday - Shoulders and calves
Saturday or Sunday - Run

Yes, thats my partner attempting a flex in the corner...

I think the most important thing i've learned is not to beat myself up over missed training sessions. I go to the gym fewer times than I used to, but I lift over twice as much. When i'm there I incorporate plenty more exercises and the exercises I do are more targeted.

Check back in soon where I'll go over a standard chest and triceps routine!