Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Please Like Me On Facebook

I've got a favour to ask all of the readers of my blog: Please LIKE me on Facebook. It's for a good cause: Club Physical, the sponsors of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge are highlighting some of the best results in their Real Results application, and the person with the most "likes" get prizes.

Please go to this URL, http://www.facebook.com/clubphysical?sk=app_229406767073165 and then login to Facebook if necessary. Click through to my page, using the David Pomeroy photo, and then at the top of the comments area on that page, click the "Like" button. By doing so, you'll be voting for me - and highlighting that my results were indeed fantastic! I do appreciate it.

Have you been reading this blog and found it inspiring? Have you shared the blog address with others? I'd love to hear your stories and learn whether or not you're now undertaking your own gym program or transformation. If there's any help you feel I can offer, please do let me know. Email me at davidpom@iconz.co.nz.

Friday, 10 June 2011

12 Week Transformation Challenge Results

As the Club Physical 12 Week Transformation Challenge Night of Champions Event was held last night, I'm now able to reveal my personal results of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge. Last nights Night of Champions event at Club Physical Albany was inspirational, and it was great to hear so many positive improvement stories. My congratulations to my fellow Top 14 finalists, and to the Top 3 placings - wow! I was the last person to be called up on stage before the Top 3 were announced. Some people would say therefore that I came "4th" - but we were told that the 11 people called up first were in no particular order. The actual number placing is not important to me in any case: I'm a winner regardless.

For a 3 month investment in an intensive gym program, I've added YEARS to my life. My weight has drastically dropped, my measurements have dropped, my blood sugar has dropped - but my life enjoyment has gone up, my enthusiasm and energy has gone up, and my confidence has gone up. All of these are good things!

So, what were the final results? Weight Lost 20.8Kg (exceeding my original target my 0.8kg), blood sugar down from 11.5 to 4.8, blood pressure down from 126/80 to 120/70. Measurements went down as follows: Waist down 15cm, small waist down 14cm, hips down 19cm, chest down 12cm, each arm down 8cm, and each thigh down 8cm. It's hard to visualise these figures on their own, so here are my before and after photos.

Front before


Front after


Side before


Side after


Thank you to Club Physical for their support throughout this challenge - the teams of people at Club Physical Xpress especially have been awesome! Thank you to the sponsors of the prizes I won at last nights event: Horleys, Flight Experience, Dane Baker, and Hubbards. Thank you to my awesome Personal Trainer Sugar for helping me to get such excellent results. And thank you to every reader of this blog: your comments, emails, and encouraging comments really made a huge difference! I'd encourage anyone needing to lose weight to consider a 12 Week Transformation Challenge for themselves - it's certainly transformed my life!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

12 Week Transformation Challenge Night of Champions Event

The 12 Week Transformation Night of Champions Event is being held this coming Friday night (June 10) from 7pm, at Club Physical Albany. This is the event where all participants in the recent Club Physical 12 Week Transformation Challenge will find out how we've got on as far as results go. I'm personally interested just to find out how many people were on the challenge across the gym chain: I expect it was several hundred or more. The 12 Week Transformation Challenge was fantastic for me, and I'm fitting clothes I haven't worn for years. I would HIGHLY recommend it.

Regardless of how the results and any placings turn out, I'm expecting the Night of Champions event to be a night of hope, inspiration, and fun. After all, the challenge was difficult in parts and certainly required lots of discipline - so the celebration of it ending should be enjoyable! I'm also looking forward to seeing inside Club Physical Albany for the first time - I've heard it's quite something! It's a free event to attend, which I think is fantastic. That means friends and family members can come along and join in, which can only be a very positive thing.

If you're attending the Night of Champions event, feel free to drop me a line - or I'll just see you there. And remember to follow the blog if you want to know my end results, which I'll be publishing after the event next week. :-)

For those of you interested, I'm still attending the gym on a regular basis despite the challenge part being officially over. The 12 Week Transformation Challenge was a fantastic kick start towards my long term weight loss goal, but it's important to keep going and not give up. I want to ensure that I continue to go forward towards my goal, and not backslide into old habits. My intensity has decreased a little, but my motivation remains high. Getting life's vitality back is worth the effort!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

The Results Are In...

So Week 12 has now been completed, and the results are in! I was going to publish my results this week, but I've been told to keep them a surprise until around mid June, after the Night of Champions event. Let me just say however that I am very pleased with the results I acheived, and that I'm surprised at just how much weight loss and definition is possible in three short months!

I couldn't have made this journey so productive without the support of everyone reading, and the fantastic gym team at Club Physical Xpress - so a big thank you from me, to you. I'll place official results here in mid June. Sorry for the suspense...

Whilst the 12 weeks is over, I'm continuing to train, as I'm simply not willing to put on any of the weight I've lost with all this hard work to date. I'm determined to keep going, albeit at a slightly slower pace, until I hit my goal weight. Whether that takes 3 months, 6 months, or more, one thing is for sure: the old me has gone, and a new and more vibrant life awaits!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

12 Week Transformation Challenge Nearly Over

Wow, it's amazing how fast the last four weeks have passed. Tomorrow is my final weigh in for the 12 Week Transformation Challenge, and I'm feeling a mixture of nervousness, relief, and excitement. During the last four weeks, I've really stepped up my game, after being so inspired by my week 8 results. I've worked harder, with slightly longer workouts too, to break through a time of plateau which occurred around the Week 8 to Week 9 period of my weight loss. But I've only weighed myself a few times since then, deliberately, so I'm not really sure what tomorrow holds.

I haven't blogged for about 3 weeks or so now - which was not deliberate. Changes to my work schedule, and more time spent in the gym has limited my ability to update the blog entries a little. But saying that, perhaps it's been a good thing. It's allowed me to keep focused on the task at hand, improving my overall health and losing excess body fat, without having to be concerned about finding time to write blog entries. And, whilst I'm all about openness and sharing my progress on this journey for my own interest and the benefit of others, as it's near the end of the challenge, keeping a few secrets / progress updates to myself possibly isn't a bad thing. Regardless of these thoughts, tomorrow is the big day. The results will speak for themselves, and anything I say or don't say won't change them.

I have a feeling that I've done pretty well - and I'm very hopeful of acheiving my original 20kg goal - or at least coming close. I'm wearing the smallest clothes I've been able to wear for YEARS, so I know I've lost a lot of weight and waist size. And I've also had a number of people comment recently, with comments like "Dave, you're wasting away!", and "Have you been working out?". Wow, what a blessing. To go from only 12 weeks ago and often getting random strangers calling me "fat", "big boy", and often worse, to making POSITIVE comments is just fantastic. Words have the power to help or harm people - they really are very important things.

My blood sugar when tested this morning was just 5.0 - that's a HUGE decrease from my 11.5 start reading 12 weeks ago, and just a few points away from non-diabetic standard range. If that's indicative of my overall health progress during this 12 week challenge, then the other measurements should be just as encouraging. In Week 1 of the challenge, I was able to do just 10 sit up crunches in 1 minute, and I was really tired afterwards. Just last week, I acheived 41 sit up crunches in the same time. I'm looking forward to the LifeStyle fitness test which I'll endure tomorrow to see how much progress I've made there.

Regardless of what my final results show tomorrow, the 12 Week Transformation Challenge has definitely been worthwhile. I've acheived some fantastic results that will give me real health improvement, and improve my diabetes control. And on that basis, I can highly recommend the 12 Week Transformation Challenge to others.

Roll on tomorrow! I'll try to post these final results later in the week. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement to date. And a big thank you to my fellow challenge participants, who've helped to keep my spirits and motivation up, during some pretty tiring and trying gym sessions. Together, we've acheived great things - and added years to our lives!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Diabetes Information, As Requested

I received an email from a fellow diabetic the other day, in response to this blog recently appearing in the Club Physical newsletter. She asked if I'd mention whether I am a Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic. Type 1 diabetics are insulin dependent, whereas Type 2 diabetics produce their own insulin - but take prescription medicines to decrease insulin resistance in their blood cells. For the record, I'm a Type 2 diabetic.

Why is this important? Exercise and diet can affect different diabetics in different ways, and what's healthy practice for a Type 2 diabetic may be different for a Type 1 diabetic. In general terms however, exercise within reason and healthy eating will benefit both groups. As with any exercise or diet program, please consult your doctor before undertaking any challenges such as the 12 Week Transformation Challenge, to ensure that you're not taking any unnecessary health risks.

Keep healthy and happy - and look out for my next blog update a little after Easter. Which reminds me, have a very happy Easter everyone! And if you're diabetic as I am, take it easy on those hot cross buns and easter eggs!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Week 8 of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge Complete

Week 8 of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge is now over, and whilst it sometimes feels like a long road, it is certainly a worthwhile one. I’ve now lost a full 13Kgs (or, as I personally like to visualise it, 26 packets of New Zealand full cream butter), which feels great. I’m really starting to notice the body changes now, and others are too. Whilst looks are a consideration, how you FEEL is much more important. I’m happy to say that as each week goes by I FEEL better, which is one of my primary aims of the Transformation Challenge.

Looking at the statistics and measurements, which I like to do from time to time, it’s no wonder. There have been HUGE changes in my body composition over the last 56 days (and 96 gym sessions). When I began the Transformation Challenge, my blood sugar levels were high, at 11.5, and I was feeling unwell from time to time as a result. Today my blood sugar has dived to 5.8. Whilst that’s still not under 5 (which would be fantastic), my Doctor is happy. Doctor’s consider a range of 5 to 8 appropriate for diagnosed diabetics, and I’m getting to the lower end of that range. Which reminds me: have you donated to Diabetes New Zealand yet? See the on-page links throughout this blog, to donate.

Blood sugar is just one indication of returning health. I now actually ENJOY the exercise I do (never thought I would say that), seeing each session as a personal challenge, with my goal being to complete each session safely and to exhaustion, to maximise weight loss. I’m very blessed to have a fantastic trainer, Sugar, at Club Physical Xpress in Auckland, who’s such a joy to work hard for. And the reducing body measurements speak for themselves. Just look at the progress so far:

At start of the Transformation Challenge, in February 2011: Waist 141cm, Small Waist 131cm, Hips (Butt) 142cm, Chest 127cm, Arm Mid 44cm, Thigh Mid 66cm, and weight 143Kg.

At the end of week 8, in April 2011: Waist 131cm (10cm lost), Small Waist 123cm (8cm lost), Hips (Butt) 130cm (12 cm lost), Chest 120cm (7cm lost), Arm Mid 39cm (5cm lost), Thigh Mid 62.5cm (3.5cm lost) , and weight 130Kg (13Kg lost).

I haven’t taken new photos this week, but I’ll try to support these measurements with a visual image in the next blog post. Not only have the body measurements greatly reduced, but I’m also noticing large reductions in the FAT percentage on my body overall. I’ll keep these statistics until the end of the challenge when they will be the most pronounced, but I expect them to be significant. I haven’t had my blood pressure checked during the challenge period – but again I’m expecting a healthy drop in readings there.

At the moment I remain on target to reach my 20Kg weight loss goal. That’s been my plan since day one (a stone a month weight loss goal), and I do think it’s achievable – if I keep going, day after day, and view each workout as a small step on the journey back to health. I’m not perfect, and I’ve had the odd small treats along the way: a Mongolian BBQ meal a few nights back with friends, a drinks and dancing night a few weeks back – but on the whole, I’ve been very well behaved and disciplined on this challenge. And for me personally, that’s been a key part of the whole experience.

Change is hard, and I keep reminding myself that the 12 Week Transformation Challenge is only the first step in my overall mission to get my weight down significantly. It’s about throwing out my old unhealthy lifestyle, and replacing it with a whole new way of living that’s healthy, that’s supportive, and that works with my body rather than against it. So far so good. I’m gradually forming healthy habits that I hope will enable me to not only lose this excess weight, but keep it off for the LONG term. Every time I feel like having a biscuit or chocolate or other unhealthy snack, I look at this 12 Week Transformation Challenge blog, and it reminds me of all of my hard work in the gym to date, and of where I started. I never want to return to the old me – so junk food will have to wait!

Thanks as usual for your support, comments, and donations. All are appreciated. Thanks also to Club Physical for making it all so easy, and for providing gym facilities where I truly feel I belong, and staff that live the brand promise. That kind of supportive environment is such an important element of weight loss that it makes me want to recommend the Club Physical chain to all Auckland residents seeking diet and lifestyle change. And on that basis, here’s a link to their website, so you can make your own enquiries. Club Physical New Zealand Website.

Have an awesome week, and I’ll update you all again next week on my progress with the 12 Week Transformation Challenge here in Auckland, New Zealand. And by the way, have a very Happy Easter!