One year challenge – 2019

11 Feb 1938, Haringay, Outer London, London, England, UK — A scene of a television production of, or Rossum’s Universal Robots, by Czech playwright Karel Capek, which introduced the term “Robot” into many of the world’s languages. (l to r) Connaught Stanleigh, Derek Bond, Larry Silverstone and front, Evan John — Image by © BBC/Corbis

This is a different post, scheduled to go live on December 31th, 2019. It’s different because it has been written thru a whole year, starting December 30th, 2018.

The basic idea is to keep track of my physical workout, to understand better what happened, and to help me to stay focused. I will turn 52 next February, so it’s time to build better foundations for my old age.

To start the challenge, my measures were:

Left thigh / right thigh: 50.0 cm (19.685 inches)

Left bicep: 32.0 cm (12.598 inches)

Right bicep: 32.5 cm (12.795 inches)

Belly: 96.0 cm (37.795 inches)

Chest: 109.0 cm (42.913 inches)

Weight: 83.2 kg (183.424 pounds)

Body Mass Index: 83.2 / (1.86) ² = 83.2 / 3.4596 = 24,049

According to WHO, “To achieve optimum health, the median body mass index for an adult population should be in the range of 21 to 23 kg/m2, while the goal for individuals should be to maintain body mass index in the range 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2. ” [link]

As of today, my measures are the same with a few exceptions:

Belly: 88.5 cm (34.842 inches), difference – 7.50 (2.953 inches)

Weight: 78.4 kg (172.842 pounds), difference -4.80 (10.582 pounds)

Body Mass Index: 78.4 / (1.86) ² = 78.4 / 3.4596 = 22.661 (difference – 1.748)

The bottom line is not about numbers, of course. It’s about to set up a year-long goal, keep it up the whole time, and get some visible difference in my body. In your face, Chronos!

The primary purpose of my job was to recover a decent muscle tone, with the idea that this would have put my body weight under control. So no increase in the thickness of the main muscle groups, but much more evident definition to obtain an adequate shape.  The next phase will be about getting a bit bigger.

This year has been a real pain for too many reasons (I don’t want to sum it up right here, so you have to accept my word on the subject), but I’m feeling better, and I’m ready to replay this challenge for 2020. It’s time to push the bar higher and see if I can do it back-to-back.

See you in 2020!

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