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Stop Smoking Campaign: How to deal with the fat!

Cheltonian readers it is 4 months since I’ve stopped smoking and rather than feeling hugely better, I have that dreaded feeling of now being - fat. I have decided though to take complete stock of the situation and have recently started working out once a week with Chris Pound, a personal trainer who works at Fitness First based in The Brewery. I am going to be writing a monthly blog on my progress as I know this is an issue which concerns so many people wanting to give up smoking. I have had 3 sessions with Chris (and though I have already told him I really don’t like him), he is so far a great motivator and actually a hugely nice person!

Eight years ago, Chris was obese – he weighed 16 stone and therefore fully understands the difficulties people face with changing eating and exercise habits for a healthier lifestyle. Chris explained to me that I need to shake up my normal routines in the gym and need to introduce circuit training with 3 good bursts (only 2 minutes of each) of high intensity cardio.

Session 1: All started very enthusiastically from my side but I soon realised I have been doing everything hopelessly wrong for months, probably years and I’m just setting myself up for injury. When I ran my 2 minute bursts, Chris told me to run on the balls of my feet, not my big plods. What a difference that has already made. My calves are stronger and firmer and though I can’t run quite as far as normal, I know that with a bit of practice and time I will be going a lot faster.

Session 2: Chris has to change a few things during the routine just because I was struggling somewhat and he was determined not to let my old habits injure me. I looked like a boiled tomato by the end. I don’t think I’ve sweated so much but am beginning to think I quite like the feeling.

Session 3: The best so far for me in terms of enjoyment and knowing this is making a difference. My legs are definitely leaner from the change of running stance and the extensive arm routines have a feeling of impact immediately. I think it’s already working. I am exhausted but an hour later I am feeling on top of the world. Let’s see if this can continue…

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