Build­ing Blocks

Simon Hen­der­son used out­door train­ing and CrossFit to lose 46kg and build a new life

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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.

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