Cam’s journey to health continues…
Cam, aged 25, came to us in September 2014 with his weight having blown out of control to 140+ kilograms. Just like many of us, Cam submerged himself in food. He found comfort and peace in it, and by having such a sedentary lifestyle he used to find nothing else to do other than eat, work and sleep.
Cam had decided to loose weight, but like so many didn’t really know what to do. He had tried and failed a tonne of different diets and exercise programs. So he half heartedly contacted us here at The Gorilla Pit to reach out for some help. From his initial consultation, he was nervous to say the least. However after understanding where Cam was at in regards to health and what he wanted to achieve we were able to draw up a blue print of how to smash those goals. He began to shift his mindset and see what an awesome opportunity this was to change his life.
If you’ve missed Cam’s previous entries then you can read them here: Cam’s Journey- Week 1 Cam’s Journey- Weeks 2&3 Cam’s Journey- Weeks 4&5 Cam’s Journey to Health: 13kgs Down Unleashing The Beast – Cam’s Journey to Health: 16 Weeks 30kg Down
The words following are from Cam’s Journal and over the next few weeks he will share the triumphs and challengers of his journey to health. The purpose of this blog is to encourage, inspire and motivate dreamers into action takers….
“New Year New Me”
New year new way of doing things I am going to be writing a lot more frequently again having kept it really to a minimum last year I did find when I did it I enjoyed it. So as of the start of January I am 111.6 kilograms and ready as ever.
The first day back was interesting having lost a further 5 kilograms over the Christmas period going back I was quietly confident. I should have known there would be something to make it more challenging and there was, every time you think you know what is happening the guys at The Pit change it up. So it was a conditioning session as normal but everything was heavier and there was less rest between exercises. I was absolutely wrecked at the end of it which was nice but also I felt like I was dying. And it stayed that way for the rest of the week. Tougher than ever I thought it might be but it hurt more than I expected.
For my birthday, I went go karting. Who cares right? Wrong. I have wanted to go, Go Karting for years but have been too scared I won’t fit in the seat and to humiliated to ask. SO it was an awesome feeling to actually be able do it finally. And it was awesome for so many reasons. it’s days like today that make everything you are doing worth it. Can’t beat that feeling.
The New Guys
For the past 16 weeks I’ve worked my ass of sweating, vomiting, failing and succeeding with the same group of guys. I’ve gotten to know them, feel comfortable with them. The need be stronger and better is gone because we are all just mates, any way I missed a session on Monday in the second week of this January because I got called into work. I walked in on Tuesday and there was only one other guy from the original group of guys I started with. And there were I think four new guys. I find it funny my attitude that day I kind of thought they were outsiders, nice enough guys but I wanted to be training with the boys. I just found my attitude amusing that day. And a bit embarrassed at myself, I had to consciously check myself. So I made a point of it to really introduce myself before class to a couple of the boys and have a bit of a chat. And it was easy to talk to them just because they are there to better them self just like me so straight away you’ve got something in common. The point of all this, is that it got me thinking that, really the best thing about The Pit is the encouragement you get from everyone and I got that which has gotten me my results so far. So it is only fair that I do the same for the new guys.
Massive frustration this week, I haven’t seen any progress in my dead lifts (struggling with heavier weight and my form) and squats, I thought I had good form but Matt did some one on one work with me today and i’ve come to the conclusion that “nope… I’m doing it wrong”. The tempo and the form I understand are important, more important than the weight but I still enjoy seeing gains in my strength too and I get frustrated when I am at a standstill. I am so used to seeing progress that when I stall for a moment it’s frustrating. I am extremely frustrated with my dead lifts it’s been almost twenty weeks now and I still can’t get it! I had a bit of a blow up and cracked the shits. But I talked to Matty afterwards and it’s all good. Hopefully we’ll get there soon just have to focus a lot more on form and I think I am going to get some lifting gloves to help with grip because I have girly hands.
Cravings and Motivation
It’s now the back end of January and I am having some massive food cravings and motivation is beginning to waver. I am still keen to lose weight but the desire seems less, I have had success sitting now at 108.6kg from 145. I desperately want to get under 100 but progress is slowing, which I expected but I am starting to get a bit sick of the food, and feel like I am constantly at war with myself. “Cameron feels like Ice cream….. no no don’t do that imagine the sugar and the calories that’s no good for you” that is the constant monologue going on in my head.
Hot chips, I love hot chips the other night I ordered a steak and salad at the RSL asked for no chips, sure enough they bought out hot chips, I didn’t eat any but boy I wanted to! Even after all this time I still want “shit food” but at the same time I know every little thing counts. Hopefully things will get better on the food front. Just can’t believe I still want these bad foods.
Plateau, Training Hard With No Results
Eat clean, train hard and you will get results…. Well not exactly! For the last two weeks I have been eating clean, training my ass off doing everything right and getting no results. So I end the month a very Unhappy Chappy. We did our measurements I am now 108kgs and 26.5% body fat. And that would be great but I have only lost 2% since my last weigh in before Christmas. And it sucks hard. I was really hoping for a better result as I’m not seeing my weight go down on the scale and am now at a standstill in my body fat percentage. I have been killing the training sessions these last couple of weeks, lifting heavier than ever before and with good form. It really eats me up inside when I put in such a big effort and come up short.
I can’t remember if I have brought this up before, but when you have such a huge amount of weight to lose it really does take 100% commitment and focus, it consumes your entire life, you are always thinking about it and when you’re not thinking about it you are doing something about it. And it takes its toll. It’s hard work mentally as well as physically. If you are seeing results it is easy to stay motivated, committed and focused I am coming to realise the first lot of weight was the easy part. Because the longer the journey goes on the more it takes out of you. I am at a point now where I need to be strong without seeing these amazing results.
There it is the month of January in the books. Hoping for a better February, and although January has not lived up to my personal expectations I can’t say it was a complete loss as any month where you drop kgs is a good month. Progress is progress.
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