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The Confidential Challenge: for him (part 5)

Chris Grimes has reached the halfway mark and feels better for it

Written by . Published on August 2nd 2010.

The Confidential Challenge: for him (part 5)

Week 8 – Half Way Point
I have been doing this challenge for 8 weeks and it’s only now I’m starting to fully enjoy it. I actually look forward to the gym and training sessions with Darren, and when I look back I have learnt so much about my body, food and general wellbeing.

We are a nation of overeaters and obesity is on the rise. Well no bloody wonder. Our nation’s brands need to help us.

I’m half way through the challenge and one of the things that is really getting on my nerves is eating out. Not necessarily in restaurants, but as a sales manager I’m always on the road travelling around the region. I want to challenge every reader to find me a petrol station other than Marks & Spencer’s at Knutsford that sells healthy food. Plus, when I was a fatty it would really piss me off that everything was supersize in petrol stations. Do the petrol stations think because I have got in a car, I eat double portions? Of course, I would always eat the double bounty and trough through the full grab size bag of cheese and onion Walker’s crisps, but that’s besides the point.

We are a nation of overeaters and obesity is on the rise. Well no bloody wonder. Our nation’s brands need to help us.

Now I find myself wondering round the stations wanting to shout loudly “is there any healthy food in here?” Quite simply, the answer is no. Aside from water, everything is full of calories or sugar. Even the tuna sandwich which you would think was healthy on brown bread, has full fat mayo on it.

Enough of service stations and onto more positive things......

Weekend in Edinburgh
My wife has been a saint through this process, but on the odd occasion has asked where my personality had gone (when she’s been drunk).

We had booked a romantic weekend away five weeks ago. We have a baby of 10 months, so the chances to get time to ourselves are few and far between. My sister kindly said she would have the little one for the weekend so we jumped at the opportunity.

However, the wife was not happy when I said I wouldn’t be drinking and needed to eat really healthy all weekend. “Oh and I need to go to the local David Lloyd on Saturday morning” I added. Lead balloon comes to mind.

After much thought and talking, I decided my wife had suffered enough so told Darren and Helen I was going to have a drink but eat healthy over the weekend. I agreed with the wife that I could go to the gym as this was my compromise.

I kept the drinks down to two wines and two beers all weekend and managed to eat quite healthy with a mix of salads, steaks and fish.

This was the first time I had a beer for 26 days and I nearly licked the glass out so I could get every last drop. Of course I didn’t do this as it would have embarrassed my lovely looking wife.

This fitness programme has been tough on her with all the changes I have made. Of course on the positive side, she is getting a husband with a better body and cleaner living, but it does come with some disadvantages. All is not plain sailing.....

Reasons to be cheerful
We have been training in St. Johns Park every Tuesday and Thursday now for 8 weeks and every day we have had bright sunshine. It’s been thoroughly enjoyable. Before this programme started, the prospect of training outside unless I was playing football (which wasn’t very often) would fill me with dread. Now I really look forward to training outside all the time. I have even been running in the rain round the country roads near my house and loved it so much that I could have done the 5k again.

It’s nice to mix up the training between gym, home and outside. It’s helped me stay focused, fresh and most importantly not get bored.

Please remember, I doing this for a great charity called Forever Manchester.

Donate here: www.justgiving.com.

Read next week to see how Chris has been keeping up the hard work...

Darren Casey is Master Personal Trainer and Director at Elite Fitness Training. If you’d like to follow a plan similar to ours, designed for you or be kept up to date with other health and fitness advice click here for more information.


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