It has been a year since I sat down to draft my fitness journey on here. Twelve months ago I decided to take my health and fitness into my own hands. I had not been consistent with it, so I couldn’t track my progress until I made the decision to be more proactive.
Gladly I have taken the time to do my research on everything health and fitness. I have been keen to learn about foods, fad diets, body types, metabolism and types of exercises. With the use of apps I have been able to track what I eat (macros) as well as exercises to suit my body type as primarily an endomorph.
To be clear I am not a dietitian nor do I proclaim myself to be an expert on the field. I highly recommend a visit to health and fitness practitioners for an in depth and personalized consultation. Here is my personal journal.
MY FULL FITNESS STORY
I was really active as a child. I remember waking up, having breakfast and picking up my bicycle to meet up with my friends in the estate to play. We literally used to ride our bikes, skate, swim and sometimes play video games all day.
Then I got sent to boarding school when I was ten years old. This shift really took a toll on me. I had a hard time adjusting to boarding life and ended up losing a lot of weight and zeal. This went on till I went to high school. We were really engrossed into studying and hardly got out for any fitness or physical activity. Couple that with the primarily carb diet, It was hard not to plump up.
After high school I joined a sports club, that I’m still an active member of today. I was introduced to the gym and equipment and religiously practiced swimming and Tae Kwon Do couple of times per week.
I wasn’t a fan at first but I quickly came to love the gym. Constant criticism on my body from friends and family got me into an obsessive state of wanting to lose the weight. I got into an “end justifies the means” mentality. I hardly ate and when I did I counted each calorie. Of course I lost the weight (fat and muscle) 10 kgs in 2 months, I couldn’t have been more miserable. This wasn’t sustainable so I fell out of habit.
At university, I decided to start side businesses. Aside from studying and assignments, I also had freelance video and photo editing as well as makeup artist jobs on the weekend. I had a full schedule and it didn’t help with my fitness or physique at all.
MY WAKE UP CALL & FITNESS JOURNEY
My fitness wake-up call is certainly vain, but I’m glad it got me to where I am right now. I didn’t like how tired and chubby my face looked in photos. Considering I was creating a brand with my businesses I needed to look and feel sharp.
I got a job that required me to be there early and finish late. So I had to figure out what to do to get into shape. I joined a gym at a mall near the place I lived. Five days a week I would be at the gym at 5.30 am for an hour and head to work.
I took it upon myself to learn about health and fitness. The internet has been a huge help. There are a few YouTube fitness gurus I’d buy a glass of protein shakes for If I ever get to meet them. The Kenyan fitness community has by far been the most supportive one. At this point I was hooked with fitness and absorbed information about it like a sponge.
INSTAGRAM FITNESS INSPIRED ME
I was having a conversation with a friend who recommended me to his friend Gabriella Waugh. I was three photos into her Instagram feed and was completely fan-girling. Gabby is still one of my fitness girls. There’s also Nancy, a real life fitness birdie who’s currently nesting. If you check her Instagram you’ll get the joke. There’s also Alvin Lee who was two years ahead of me at University and was really into bodybuilding. He is quite agile and expert level at Calisthenics. There are so many other Kenyan based fitness gurus I’d mention on here, but I’d much rather have a whole post dedicated to them on the blog.
MY FITNESS JOURNAL | START TO CURRENT
This is from my fitness journal. I have tracked and noted down each stat on a literal fitness journal. Some may call It obsessive, I choose to view it as dedication.
I was 76.4 kgs, that is 168 pounds. BMI (28) was overweight with no significant muscle and very low cardiovascular health.
A FEW DEDICATED MONTHS AFTER
After a few weeks of good nutrition and an active lifestyle, weight is 64.6 kgs, that is 142.4 pounds. BMI (23.7) finally at normal weight with significant fat loss and average muscle tone. My cardiovascular health and endurance is at it’s peak.
I am quite proud of the progress I have made. My body image and confidence is very positive. There’s no magic secret just good old fashioned diet, exercise and patience.
This is still a work in progress and I still have some work left to do, but I am really proud of where I am now. I hope this encourages you to work on yourself. I will have monthly updates on my current progress and encourage you to share your progress too on the comment section.
Always remember, Be kind to yourself!