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Fitness Update #2|Fitness-Update #2

Well, my promise to update this blog soon™ (see last post) worked out rather well, didn't it?! Anyway, let's not dwell on my inability to share my life with the rest of the web (we do have Facebook for that, after all…) and instead take a look at my fitness progress.

After 9,5 months

We're getting closer to the magical 1 year since I joined the gym (another important anniversary is coming up shortly, but I will probably not blog about it here but rather on the company blog on nexTab.de – which is a *hint* in itself… can you guess what it is?). In case you aren't aware of the progress I've made so far and you do want to know, read Fitness Progress Aug 2013.
I have, for quite a while, given up trying to only eat low carb foods. I simply couldn't take it anymore and my craving for cookies, chocolate and bakery was simply a little too overwhelming. I tried to compensate for these sins by going to the gym even more often. Here's an update of my fitness calendar since August:

Once again, I worked out on the highlighted days (and today!)

That's me in the shape of my life (so far). :)Yes, I did go to the gym 22 times in December…

Without further ado, this is me in my (so far) best shape ever (pic on the right, obviously).

Lately, I had to deal with a nasty cold and I then spent another weekend in Leipzig which often involves lots of less healthy food and the occasional drink (or two) with great friends. This resulted in me gaining weight for the first time in the last months. Even worse was the fact that I added a centimeter around my waist, so in a way, I was going in the wrong direction. Since that's totally unacceptable, I've stopped eating chocolate and cookies and I'm going strong for… 3 days already. This is huge for me, I love chocolate, but well, fruit has to do for the time being.

Work has been crazy this year, which might have something to do with the fact that I set some “challenging” goals and am now doing quite a lot to reach them. I will talk about that some more in the near future (this time for real), but once again, I have to refer you guys to my company blog on nexTab.de.

So stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that I'll reach my goals this year!

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Fitness Progress|Fitness-Fortschritte

The past few months have been rather busy. Don't take this the wrong way, though, I enjoy being busy. Most of the changes I went through in these months (and I'm still going through some of them) have been for the better and I'm very much looking forward to the things to come.

I'm most proud of the fact that I was able to get my work life balance “in order”. I've been working out regularly since April – on average, I either hit the gym or went for a run on every other day, which can be seen in this screenshot of my fitness calendar.

I did some sort of work out on the highlighted days

I read The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss (who once again proved that he's more of a marketer than an author) and tried to follow some of the guidelines, which translate to: “Cut the carbs, eat more protein.” I'm usually huge on “German breakfast” and by that I mean all sorts of stuff from the bakery, like Danish pastries, chocolate breadrolls, etc., so that was a pretty big change for me. I tried to eat more eggs for breakfast, much to the delight of my better half who loves English breakfast…

A steak omelette was one of the highlights in my new breakfast routine!

Without further ado, here are some “before – after pics” to show you my progress first hand:

Now is that a happy face or what?! - February 2013Shortly before my 30th birthday in August, I'm in pretty decent shape.

I'm very happy with my progress so far and I'm not done yet. Hopefully, there will be a World of Warcraft TCG World Championship in November and I can show all of my international friends some more progress. We called out a weight loss competition and we posted some status updates on facebook tagged #rippedbyworlds.

We got some awesome competitors who already lost more than 40 pounds, putting my efforts to shame (I clocked in at 90 kg at the start of the year and I'm now sporting around 78 kgs, so I lost like 26 pounds). Still, I'm not mad and I'll continue to try and get this six pack going.

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