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Kirbyson’s Korner – Starting Back!

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It was a perfect storm of unhealthiness – a week in an all-inclusive Mexican resort, following two months of the worst flu I’ve ever had right after starting a new job.
In a matter of a few short months, so much of the progress I had made since first doing Grit to Glory in the fall of 2015 was gone. Not all of it was my fault, of course. (At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.) It seemed everybody had some kind of energy-sucking flu this winter and a new job often comes with different time demands that can cut into your workout schedule.
The week in Mexico, however – with its never-ending buffets and bottomless glasses of delicious, ice-cold beer – that was all on me.
The result was I now tipped the scale at 220 pounds, up more than 20 pounds since I finished G2G. I was more than a little disgusted at myself.
Luckily, I knew the solution.
It was time for another 12 weeks of challenging – and sometimes tears-inducing workouts – at Aspire Fitness. Perhaps more importantly, it was time to start working out with a knife and fork again. Most important of all, it was time to stop quenching my thirst with so much delicious lager.
As Jay Penner tallied up my measurements, he assured me they weren’t as bad I thought.
Sure, I was a couple of pounds heavier than when I first walked in Aspire’s door but after 18 months of drinking the Aspire Kool-Ade – hey, I bet that would be delicious! – I was in better overall shape.
My body fat was 16.4 per cent, down from 20.5 per cent at the start of my first G2G (I finished at 13 per cent) and my lean body weight was 184 pounds, up from 171 pounds – that means I had 13 more pounds of muscle.
But my waist was 101 centimetres, up from 99 cm. This was not news to me because my belt reminded me of it every morning. I finished G2G at 89 cm. My hips, for reasons unknown, were 107 cm, down from 111 cm.
I didn’t need to be a rocket surgeon to figure out I needed to pick up the intensity of my workouts and pay much closer attention to the food and drink I was consuming.
“Don’t worry,” Jay said to me. “We’ll get you back where you want to be.”
It’s reassuring to know he and Aspire’s team of experts, Jeff Kearns and Erica Wilken, had my back. For the next 12 weeks, they also have my stomach.
The first time I did G2G, I documented the story in a three-part series in the Winnipeg Free Press. This time around, I’m going to blog about it on the Aspire website.
It’s game time.