"Steve Austin-Astronaut. A man barely alive. We can rebuild him, we have the technology to build the worlds first Bionic Man... better than he was before, better, stronger, faster.."
Yep - that's me!
Despite eating well for most of my life and making sporadic efforts to keep myself in shape, at age 39 I was overweight, out of shape and beginning to have health problems. High blood pressure, skin issues, low energy levels and mood swings were all beginning to take their toll on myself and my family. Also my two children were beginning to grow up and I just wasn't physically able to be the Dad I knew I could be!
It was in April 2008 I finally decided to do something about it. I realized that it wasn't too late for me to make some major changes in my life and although I had no idea if I could do it, I knew it was definitely worth a shot!
I did a lot of research, thinking and planning, and finally developed a diet plan and training routine that could fit around my life and family. Due to work commitments I was only able to train at home and at that time I had very little equipment to use, just one pair of adjustable dumbbells found in the garage. Despite this I was able to put together an entire weekly routine that lasted me for the first two months of my cut. Of course I made a lot of mistakes in those early days but found motivation in the rapid progress I was making in body fat loss and strength gain. After two months, when I knew I was taking this seriously, I upgraded all my training equipment to include an exercise bench with leg attachments, fly and some much needed additional plates.
From that point forward I couldn't quite believe how quickly my body changed. I had always been a little bit fat ever since I was a teenager and had always wanted that "shredded look" I just never thought it was possible for me!
My first goal was to achieve a body fat level of 10%. Well I smashed through that after just 10 weeks and set myself a new goal of 8%. Two months later I achieved this and had the beginnings of a physique to be proud of.
The whole process from start to finish took just 4 months.
I now need help to maintain my focus and keep my new physique - hence this journal! Having achieved my original goal I quickly found myself falling back into old habits. So in January of this year I reset my long and short term goals and am, once again, looking to progress my overall health and fitness.
Four months on and I continue to follow my new strict diet and training routines. I now get up at 6.30am, 6 days a week, so I can get all my training done before my two children wake up and kick the day into gear. I then update my online journals to help me keep track of my on-going progress whilst having my first protein shake. My main personal objective from this point forward is to continue to make gains in muscle mass, strength and endurance whilst keeping my body fat level between 8% and 10%.
I've found the whole transformation process to be one of the most self rewarding things that I have ever done, so much so that I've since set up a website called The Bionic Files, to help encourage and motivate other people to do the same.
I hope to update this journal every day to make myself fully accountable for my own progress.
The attached photos show my progress from starting off on 1st April 2008, to half way on 1st June 2008 and the last photo taken on 1st August 2008.