Rehab. It feels weird using the word ‘Rehab’, given its negative connotations in the world of the celebrity these days. Whenever you hear that word, you always imagine some drugged up or drunk actor or singer paying thousands of dollars to ‘get clean’ again only to usually go and do it again. It’s not a pretty word. But I’ve been using it in the same terms as a wounded soldier or policeman. Not to rid myself of alcohol or drugs, but to build myself back up again.
Some months ago, I was admitted to hospital for nine days for what turned out to be a serious case of Sepsis in my leg. Now, my muscle strength -which had been built up considerably thanks to the Buff Dudes’ 12-Week Program- disappeared almost overnight. Even when the Sepsis was out of my system, and I was back home, my whole was weaker than it had been in a LONG time. I could barely lift my daughters let alone weights, and I was wheezing just going up a few steps.
So when my basic strength finally returned, I knew something had to be done.
To put it in Hollywood terms, it’s a reboot. Of sorts. I’m starting from the ground up again.
I’m working on a week-long workout program that I found ages ago in Men’s Fitness magazine (although I forgot to write down which issue, so apologies). The program was called “Get Big in 28 Days”, but it was filled with absolute basic weight-work, something which was necessary for me and my weak muscles. The idea is that each week I up the weights little by little. I’ve done three weeks of this, and I’m up to 12.5kg on each end of the barbell. That’s four days of the workouts, and then a fifth day doing anything that goes, mostly Deadlifts. I’ve missed deadlifting!!! I’ve also been trying planks every day, so far I’m up to 40 seconds at a time, three sets a day at the end of the workout.
My nutrition has changed as well. I’m no longer watching the calories, but watching the macros fully now, keeping track of my protein, carbs, and fats. I’m even eating things I never thought I’d eat, and actually eating WELL!!!
I’ve even gone crazy and worked out my TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and how much I need to eat and burn. It takes into account your height, weight, age, activity levels, all of it, and works out how many calories you burn in a 24-hour period. It’s a helpful tool indeed!
Along with all that, I’ve been working out with my wife doing some of Leslie Sansone’s walking fitness videos on her YouTube channel. On top of that, we’ve done Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day a few times again. Certainly felt the burn on that one, but it’s great to do it with my wife as she is extremely hot, and I love seeing her sweat….
I also keep meaning to get back to the Joe Wicks DVDs my wife has given me in the last year, and get back to following his YouTube channel as well.
You should all go and check these DVDs out, and their various social media presences! You won’t regret it!
As for this blog, I am trying to get back into it, and my social media as well, expanding things more. I will try to put recipes up here, as well as maybe workouts I find and interesting articles and videos throughout the interwebs. I will try to write weekly updates as I did before, but we’ll see.
So watch for further updates and content.
You never know, I may even vlog it all!