Monday, 3 September 2012

Just Keeps Getting Better

Well where do I start with this one.  I was going to post today about a new milestone I reached on the weekend, well a couple actually, and how far I have been able to push my mind and body, past anywhere I imagined in the last 13 weeks.  This weekend say me burn in excess of 4000 calories and yesterday I managed to ride my bike a staggering 80.5kms in 3 hours and 35 minutes.  That is something I thought impossible only 4 months ago.
I am sure this post would have been a great read, but to be honest I have lost my train of thought on it.  I received an email from the 12WBT admins today notifying me that I am in the top 20 finalists for Round 2 and if I would like I will be up on stage with the other finalists.  Would I like???  What sort of stupid question is that?  Try to keep me off there.  Ironically, I am a very competitive person by nature, must be the fact I am a Scorpio, but even if I don’t win anything on Saturday night, I already feel like a winner.

Why would I say that?  Well, at the start of this round I told my wife that I wanted to be on stage at finale.  This was not to be seen as a superstar or winner of sorts, but it gave me a goal or target which meant I was competing against others perse.  I had to make sure I did everything I could to lose as much weight as possible.  Whilst I don’t compare myself to others in relation to this, it was really a competition with myself.  I don’t worry about how fast you run your time trial, how long your wall sit is, how many kgs you have lost, I just need to make sure I have done all that I can.  Admittedly I have not done this on every occasion in the last round and I am still learning about the things that held me back and aiming to fix those.  But what I have learnt is far more valuable than any prize or recognition I may get.  I have learnt that I am more capable than I have EVER given myself credit for.  I have a very supportive wife and children that have been amazing through the last 13 weeks and I have made massive changes to the way I carry on my day to day life.  This is what I mean by already being a winner.

Obviously I would love to get on stage on Saturday night and be lucky enough to walk away with a prize, but being recognised for the effort I have put in, with my wife there to see it will be a huge lift and I will also get to meet Michelle I would think.  It would be nice to thank her personally for the changes she has aided me to make to my life.  She has been a huge help to thousands of people but not many of them get to say thanks in person.
Well I still have 5 sleeps and a weigh in prior to the big night.  That also means 5 training sessions so I can look my best for Michelle.  Not sure if the crowd will be ready for my before and after photos being put up on the big screen.  That will be more scary for them than me.


  1. Congrats Greg, awesome effort. I am lucky to have made the top 15% so I am stocked. best of luck on the weekend, oh and the 80k ride is awesome too!

  2. Grats Greg - that's awesome! Enjoy the evening :)