“Daddy, Are We Exercising Today?”
Xavier Colborne went from zero to superhero by smashing our calendar challenges
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?”