The beginning

Written by Mike on 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!


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