Lets start with me….

Me, myself and I.

So in an earlier post, I gave a quick overview of who I am and what I want to help you achieve from this blog. You can read that here. This time around, however, I’m going to be going into more detail about me as a person, how I started fitness and my personal journey. This is so that you know there was no magical formula, that I started out like you with little to no idea what I was doing but with just a goal in mind. That goal? To become a better version of oneself. So, lets start.

Who am I to you?

Let’s start with the basics.

My name is Henry Harman, I’m a 21-year-old student currently studying at the University of Nottingham, England. When I’m not at university I’m at home in a little place called Richmond just outside of London. I would like to think that I’m 6ft tall whereas in actual fact I’m probably a little shy of that and actual clock in at 5ft 11″, I weigh around 75kg with a 28″ waist and look like I’ve actually touched dumbells in my lifetime.

However, it didn’t always start off like this…..

The beginning

So where did it all begin? Well, the fitness journey probably started out with my rowing career, now although I wasn’t exceptionally strong at this point, or even look particularly lean, but I was fit. I have always been a big guy, always the slowest and chubbiest to walk the school halls but once I moved from primary school to secondary school things took a turn. I joined the rowing squad, and to this day rowing has been one of the toughest but most enjoyable experiences of my life.

There was comradery, Teamwork, laughter, blood sweat and tears that made us like family. Anyway back to the story, pretty sure you don’t want to hear about all the times we rowed up and down that river, or the copious amounts of times Ergos we under went. One thing to this day I still have rowing to thank for though is my mental attitude and my cardiovascular fitness. I could row 20km without thinking and push my body to places I never thought I could.

If you ever get the chance give it a try.

So where did it all go wrong?

I quit.

It’s as simple as that. I quit the rowing squad, I had a row with the coach and I let it get to me. So instead of manning up or grinning and bearing it, I quit. This what at the age of 16. Let’s be honest here, teenagers have a lot of time on their hands… so what does one do to fill that time? Sport? Hang out with friends?

My life for the last 3 years had been consumed by rowing, it was my sport, it was my free time, my social circle. So what did I do? I became lazy, no more exercise, no more sport, I sat in front of the tv all day and played video games or watched rubbish daytime tv. What else happened? Eating… I didn’t stop eating. For the next 3 – 4 years, no exercise was done but large quantities of junk food were consumed and numerous hours logged on computer games.

All of this added up to one thing. I got fat, piling on the pounds like no tomorrow, never really worrying about the consequences.

What changed?

What changed you ask? What kickstarted my transformation? It’s very simple… I wasn’t happy. I was a 40-inch, 100kg 20-year-old who was ashamed to look at himself in the mirror. It was impossible to find any clothes that fit and the ones I did find I quickly grew out of because I’d put on more weight.

There is no excuse for that, It is not a consequence of genetics or the hand that life dealt you. It is a consequence of YOUR life choices. You can’t blame anyone else for your situation and you can’t expect anyone to fix it for you. These are your choices so grow up and take ownership of them. Do something to rectify them. There is NO EXCUSE for being unhappy, find your path and move forward!

A new beginning

Starting is going to be tough, but if you can keep at something for 28-days it becomes a habit. So please, please give it a shot. Don’t let your happiness come second, put yourself 1st.

How did I start?

I cleaned up my diet, I ate more wholesome foods. I became more conscious of what I was putting in my mouth, cutting out the junk foods. I started going to the gym, I didn’t have a plan in mind… you just need to get yourself into the gym, try out the cardio equipment, mess around with some weights but just START!

Once you can get yourself to the gym almost every day, you can think about starting a program. Once you’ve cleaned up your diet and are more food conscious you can start a lifestyle diet. Remember baby steps, It doesn’t matter how long it takes, it matters how long it takes for you to start. Don’t go into to hard and fast, you’ll fall off the waggon too hard and too fast to want to continue. Give yourself time to fall in love with your new lifestyle, to see the results of your hard work.

Soon you will become addicted like I did and from there? Easy, that is the new you…. the one on the road to happiness. Hold yourself accountable.

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me – Carol Burnett