Two and a half weeks into my eight week challenge I’m pleasantly surprised by the progress I’ve made. It’s funny how a change of scenery can really shake up how you feel. I’d been with Fitness First for 16 years and it had been a long time since I was motivated. The atmosphere at the new gym, combined with not wanting to let them down after they gave me this opportunity, has worked wonders.

The food preparation is still by far the most daunting and challenging part of the process. Trying to incorporate some variety into my diet while eating tonnes of vegetables and keeping the meals as healthy as possible and hitting the right calories and breakup of protein, carbs and fats is a lot to get your head around.

I wasn’t sure how much progress I was going to make but I’m doing three high intensity/cardio based workouts and three strength based workouts a week as well as eating right and cutting out alcohol. So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s making a difference. As of the two week mark I’d only lost about half a kilo (1lb) but I’ve dropped from 20.2% body fat to 18.1% and put on a kilo of muscle mass. More muscle and less fat is a good thing in my book even if it doesn’t in the end mean that I’ve lost much weight.

Let’s see how the next 6 weeks pan out. I’m feeling really good, sleeping like a baby and looking forward to working out. The vanity side of it is also good motivation. If I look and feel good in Europe then that is a huge win.