Getting In Shape For Summer

Hands up if you’ve left getting in shape for summer until the last minute? slowly glumly raises hand

There’s that saying that summer bodies are made in the winter… well that ain’t happening this year so I’m in need of a serious plan B.

Life is full of trade offs and decisions.  Salty or sweet, tea or coffee, water or wine… indian takeaway or grilled chicken and broccoli.  Having impeccable pecs and admirable abs doesn’t come easy and it takes time and dedication.  I’ve spent years blaming my genetics for the fact that I’ve not quite got myself to where I need to be – but the truth is that it’s probably more to do with dual addictions Haribo and Nando’s.  Before you shout “but Nando’s can be healthy”, a chicken pitta with halloumi and peri chips and lashings of medium sauce isn’t healthy, whichever way you look at it.  I also like a drink at weekends and though one vodka lime and soda might not add too many calories, ten of them do.

So this year I’ve left it to the last minute once again.  I’ve not been completely terrible, I have made a half -hearted attempt at going to the gym a couple of times a weeks and trying to eat well, but with nowhere near the required discipline to get into the kind of shape that I want to be in.

So that changes on Monday.  Enough is enough, I have three beach holidays/mini breaks booked and most of the people going look like they just stepped off the cover of Mens Health.  I don’t want to be hiding my stomach behind at the back of the beach photos so time to make a change.  The first trip away is on the 14th of July so this gives me 14 weeks to get in shape.

Over the past 10 years I dread to think how much money I have spent on various personal trainers at different stages.  Although this thought makes me feel slightly ill thinking about it (it’s a lot!) at least it has armed me with the knowledge of what I need to do from both a training and nutrition perspective.

So I’m going to be blogging my way through this to see how far I can get.  I’m going to be realistic about it, my life is not conducive to giving up booze altogether, nor would I want to.  Which I think is the same as most guys right?  But I can definitely make smarter choices, drink less, eat better and work out more.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my progress as well as hints and tips and things that I learn along the way.  This is The Diary of an Average Guy Getting In Shape For Summer.

Let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions in the comments below.  I’ll also be making a vlog on my YouTube channel so don’t forget to subscribe here.