Simon Henderson used outdoor training and CrossFit to lose 46kg and build a new life
THE GAIN My weight has always fluctuated, and over the last few years I found myself focused on work, rather than my health. I was living on a diet that consisted of a small breakfast then a late supper, which was normally takeaways, while drinking plenty of sugary drinks – and never doing any exercise. Before I knew it I had shot up to 140 kilograms, and I spent my days wearing tracksuit tops and baggy pants trying to hide the reality of what I was doing to myself.
THE CHANGE The wakeup call came when my daughter wanted her daddy to play with her, and this meant running around, jumping and struggling to keep up with an energetic one-year-old. Bending down to pick my daughter up became really difficult. I used to work for a fitness company and I felt that I’d lost the passion for fitness and training. Only upon leaving there, did I decide enough was enough, and I joined the gym, set my goals and started training. The inspiration was being able to carry my daughter without my back hurting and playing with her without getting tired.
THE STRATEGY I followed a healthy eating plan and hit the gym. Then I was introduced to CrossFit, and started following their workouts, which were amazing. Whenever I tried burpees, I used to call my attempts “hiccups” because they were not quite burpees. I loved training again, and could feel I was building a new body – not the chiselled physique we all dream of in our twenties, but one that was functionally strong and healthy. Next thing I knew, it was seven months down the line, and I had dropped 45kg and signed up to complete in the CrossFit Open. I no longer “waddled with rhythm” on the treadmill; now I was training for a half marathon.
THE REWARD The greatest gift is being able to play with my daughter, throw her up in the air and carry her with no back pain. I have a passion for the outdoors and love hiking and running for the first time in my life. I can even carry my daughter with me on a hike, which I would never have been able to do a year ago.
THE RESULT My weight loss so far is 46 kilograms. I dropped from a 46 pants size to a 36, I’m more confident and happy.