February, 2009

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Director, what’s my motivation?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Motivation is the most powerful weapon against the Paunch. Without it, my only hope would be poverty or an addiction to some kind of strenuous activity (maybe both together would be required).

Now, I know that I want to ditch the Paunch and I have many reasons for wanting to do so, but this in itself does not motivate me to take the necessary actions. I’m not going to feel like going for a run just because I know it will cause me to lose 0.01 kg. I need more motivation!

If you’re playing along at home, find some things that work for you. It’s absolutely vital to stay motivated, particularly in the early stages before you have a number of habits formed. Here are some ideas that work for me:


Pin up pictures of a body-builder (e.g. Arnie, Scooby), a hero (e.g. Spider-man, Goku) or others who have a good body. I find this is very motivating, but I’m not sure why yet. Perhaps it’s inspiring or sparks some kind of envy inside of me. Either way it’s very effective! Here’s some photos of the examples I gave:

Incidentally, Spider-man has similar stats to myself, 5’10”, 165 lbs, brown hair and hazel eyes. Yeap, I am actually Spider-man.

External Encouragement

Ask your partner to give reminders and encouragement related to your Paunch-busting, e.g. how much hotter you’re looking. Also, try to organise a gym buddy or someone else who can join you in your exercise — or at least have someone who knows about your mission and is prepared to critically evaluate you. This works for me because I don’t like letting other people down.

Measure Success

Use metrics to measure your progress. Record weight and tape measurements over time as well as what kind of exercises you are doing. It’s encouraging to see your weight dropping as well as the amount and intensity of exercise you do increasing. I’ll post more on this topic later.

It’s very imporant to maintain high levels of motivation. The longer I remain unmotivated, the harder it is for me return to where I was before. Instead of sabotaging myself before I really get started, I’m going to make sure I have the best chance possible. Kind of like making sure I have enough plutonium to get me back from 1955 before I leave.

The beginning

Monday, February 9th, 2009

OK, so here’s some background on my health so far:

  • I’m in my mid-twenties,
  • I am 175cm tall (5’9″),
  • I currently weigh 75kg,
  • I used to enjoy playing basketball but haven’t played in years,
  • I do some casual weight lifting with a dumbbell set I have at home,
  • I try to eat reasonably healthy where possible but generally don’t like to sacrifice tastiness for low-fat boredom,
  • I have a wonderful girlfriend who cooks delicious (albeit sometimes calorie-rich) meals for me.

When I was in high school I was 65kg. Nowadays I am 10kg heavier and it shows. It would be OK if it was 10kg of muscle but it’s not 😉 I would say maybe only 2kg of it it is, at best.

These measurements place my BMI at 24.5. The healthy range is between 18.5 and 25, so I am only just below being classed as ‘overweight’.

The formula, for those playing at home, is your weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of your height (in meters). My target is to get to a BMI of 22, which means my target weights is 22 = x / 1.752 or x = 22 × 1.752 which is about 67kg.

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, a shot of my sexy paunch!

Yes, it’s not quite where I want it, but I do like a challenge!

I had to be careful to take this photo in a way that could be reproduced, so true progress (or lack thereof) could be seen. I straightened my back and completely relaxed my stomach. There’s no sucking in or puffing out. The photo was taken with my MacBook Pro sitting on my bed and elevated with a washing basket and a pillow. This raised the laptop camera up to about nipple high.

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

First post!

Monday, February 9th, 2009

If you haven’t already, please read the About page to get an idea about what’s going on. Being a programmer, I don’t like repeating myself.

Also as a programmer, my mind is my most valuable asset. As the old propositional formula goes:

a healthy body → a healthy mind

Therefore, it’s important for me to try to be healthy so that I don’t go crazy and lose my job.

This isn’t about going on a diet or engaging in some sort of fad-like activity done over short period of time. I’m going to keep going until my power level is over 9000!