“Daddy, Are We Ex­er­cis­ing To­day?”

Xavier Col­borne went from zero to su­per­hero by smash­ing our cal­en­dar chal­lenges

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THE GAIN I’ve al­ways loved play­ing sport, but I’ve never been truly fit. In 2009, I started eat­ing a lot of junk food, pulled more all-nighters and par­tic­i­pated in fewer sports. At the end of 2009 my son was born. I had put on weight in those two to three years, go­ing from 86kg to 116kg, and grow­ing from a 34 to a size 40 pants.

THE CHANGE I started walk­ing to build my car­dio fit­ness first. From late De­cem­ber 2011 and with the sup­port of my lov­ing wife, I’d get up at 4:30am and go to my lo­cal soc­cer grounds to walk a few laps. Walk­ing one kilo­me­tre to the ground was a chal­lenge at first, so I would drive there. Be­ing heavy, I would feel my joints cry­ing in the early morn­ing. In 2012 my daugh­ter was born and with the lack of sleep this be­came even more dif­fi­cult, but I just kept at it.

THE STRAT­EGY Sadly, I hadn’t lost any real weight. So in Novem­ber 2012, I made the de­ci­sion to not use any sup­ple­ments, fol­low any spe­cific diet or join a gym, but rather use what was around me. I started eat­ing high-pro­tein meals and hav­ing up to seven small meals a day. I com­bined HIIT (high in­ten­sity) train­ing, walk­ing and slow runs un­til I felt strong enough to run on the road. My first two-kilo­me­tre run took me 38 min­utes. I was dis­gusted and ex­hausted. I took the Men’s Health cal­en­dar and tore out ev­ery page, stuck it on my wall and in each block recorded daily ev­ery single work­out and rest day in or­der to hold my­self ac­count­able. This was the best step I made.

THE RE­WARD At the end of 2013 I had recorded a to­tal of 35 840 reps of all HIIT work­outs, 518.54 kilo­me­tres of walk­ing and run­ning, 204 days of train­ing, 43 in­jured days and 118 rest days and my fastest five-kilo­me­tre run was 32:38 min­utes. I’ve started trail run­ning and my work­out cal­en­dar still drives me – see­ing a rest day marked X tells me I’ve wasted 24 hours.

THE RE­SULT My to­tal weight loss has been 23 kilo­grams. My waist dropped from a size 40 to 34 and shirt size from XXL to L. Now my four-year-old son asks me daily: “Daddy, are we ex­er­cis­ing to­day?”

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