Once More With Feeling

Written by: Graham on 31st Oct 2011

Welcome iBodz members & visitors to my new blog!  For those of you who have been with iBodz for a while you will remember me from days of yore when I kept a weekly blog about the trials and tribulations of getting and keeping fit.  It’s been a while since I blogged, but now that the brand spanking new website is up and running, Oliver has asked me to carry on.  And for those of you in the know…I can talk ALOT.

So, the purpose of my blog is to show you how I, as the average Joe, cope with trying to get fitter, eat healthier and improve my fitness.  I’m not one of these fitness magazine cover models, nor do I have a chiselled jaw and a body that makes men envious…I am simply a guy who for years couldn’t be bothered getting of his backside but has seen the light and now tries do some exercise at least.

Since I joined iBodz back in March 2010 it has certainly been a rollercoaster of fitness.  There have been the highs and the miserable lows:

  • I swam a mile in under 60 minutes
  • I can do 50 push ups in one go
  • I have beaten my chocolate addiction and seen it come back
  • My body fat percentage goes up and down more times than a (insert your own gag here)
  • I have struggled with depression - my sister died very suddenly at Christmas 2 years ago

But through all this, the one thing I have been certain of is my ‘new’ wanting to get fit.  I have gone from a scrawny but flabby 32 year old fella to a slightly less flabby 34 year old...my belly is the bane of my life though.

When I first started with iBodz I had a set of weights that I used at home.  I dreaded even venturing to the gym as I had this notion that it was full of preening muscle bound men who would look down on me.  However, over the past 4 months I have been attending my local council run gyms and I am actually enjoying it!  Who would have thought?!  It’s madness.

There have been set backs however.  In August I went on holiday and through an incident on a fairground, I tore a ligament in my shoulder and fractured 2 ribs.  This resulted in a total ban from weight based exercising.  I did some swimming to help my shoulder but that hurt my ribs.  I also carried on going to the gym but only did cardio and worked my legs with weights.  In fact I have noticed quite a difference in my thigh muscles.

Anyway, I am allowed back in the gym now so I have been working out again, on lighter weights until I get my shoulder used to lifting again of course.  Unfortunately I am not allowed to go back to boxing classes until January.

I think that’s all for now.  I don’t want to ramble on too much on my first blog after umpteen months away.  As ever I enjoy your comments about my progress and your feedback, so keep them coming.

Good luck in your health & fitness goals!



Good luck

Hi Graham,

I too am coming back from injury and my belly is evidence of that. im really desperate to start exercising again, it feels like all the hard work i put in before is going to waste.

I'm trying to stay positive though - at least i know i can get there again - sooner rather than later!
JP :)

Welcome back Graham

Its great to have you back on board. Lets hope your rehab carries on as well as it has been going so far. Keep up the good work and keep up the excellent blogging.