Yes my friends, this is the revelation that finally shook me to serious action. That number is my current weight, in kilograms. You Yanks can convert it to whatever you like, but let me spare you the effort; in short, I am OBESE!
Going to the regular gym which I did go to religiously didn’t help. There was something obviously wrong there. I hired a personal trainer for about 6 months, that didn’t reduce my weight either, and the number above is the proof. I actually started – if I remember correctly – with a weight of 110kgs. I would like to think that those extra 5 are attributed to the muscle mass, it being 5 times the mass of fat I am told, but somehow I don’t think so. I am even rounder than when I started. If you want the gory details, my chest is 121cm (47.5″), stomach is a bit bigger at 122cm (48″) and the butt is 121cm again, so as you can imagine, I am rather shapely; yes, a block is a shape too!
With this admission I am serving myself notice that I want to change, really change this time by changing habits I have fallen into throughout my life, so the journey is not going to go simply via getting yet another trainer, although change in my experience is good and might get results, nor is the journey going to be short and sweet. It is going to take some discipline as well as determination. I think I have plenty of both but I need to channel and exercise them.
Talking this situation over with my friend Suhail Al-Gossaibi who is a martial expert, kickboxing champion and owns both Zen-Do and Dream Body Centre, he offered me some advice as well as a generous donation of a year’s membership at the Dream Body Centre in order to get my journey started.
And started it did. I’ve been going there for about a week so far and I’m giving it a chance. The first thing that Suhail did was give me a pep talk then gave me a good food guide written by his wife – Alia Al-Moayed who is a nutritionist of note here in Bahrain – and took me on a tour of the facility, showed me how to use those machines and introduced me to his staff.
Arriving for my first official date with his 23-minute workout, I was measured – hence the numbers above – and then left alone to enjoy the machines. It’s quite a unique concept actually; rather than killing yourself with weights, the design of the gym is based on 23 alternating stations, one is for strength development, like weights but is done through hydraulic arrangements – hence no screwing around with weight settings etc – interspersed with cardio stations, be that a rowing machine (again hydraulic governed) or a jogging board etc.
The idea is that you would spend a maximum of 30 seconds on each station pumping the hell out of it! Two countdown clocks in the gym keep tabs on you and they beep when they reach zero. That’s when you leave and jump to the next station.
You might scoff at this arrangement, but you need to try it for yourself to see how effective it is. I know that when I finish the first round I’m sweating (not copiously yet, so I need to turn it up a notch I think) and am pleasantly tired at the end of the second. The beauty is, even with you showering (you need to take your own towel, they don’t have those handy there at the moment) you’re in and out in about 45 minutes. And when you think that the location of the gym is only about 5 minutes away from my house and office, it’s a perfect arrangement. There is another DBC in the Seef area near the Ritz as well, so that should be convenient for people from that part of town.
Wish me well my friends, I seriously am serious about reducing my weight now. By the end of this year which is less than 6 months away, I want to go down below 100kgs. Hopefully by the end of next year, I’ll get down to my dream weight of 85.
15kgs per 6 months is doable don’t you think?
I’ve got a couple of complementary 1 month memberships in the Dream Body Centre if you want to try it for yourself. Let me know if you want one.
Wish me well my friends. Your moral support is very important.