The April Pledge Tag-On

Posted: April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have another item for my April pledge.

In the same way I’m committing to my body this month, I have another goal I’ve really been slacking off on. I intend on bringing about major movement in my biggest goal of all – my BOOK!

I’ve been writing a novel for over 1 year now and I’m only half way through. My new goal is to be at 65,000 words by the end of the month (currently at 47,000 words). I will do this in the lunch breaks and my Saturdays I have to myself.



Well it’s begun. Just as promised last night, I have begun my April Pledge with a semi-smooth start.

My schedule overcommitted me from the get-go as I could not do my chest exercises last night. Reason being very fair: IT TOOK TWO HOURS TO BUILD EVERYTHING and by the time I was done my back felt like it was about to split in two. I decided instead to rest early and get my morning workout in.

Which I did 🙂

Tuesday’s are CORE days. So I started this morning with 30 minutes of upper and lower abs. I did drop sets of
10 weighted situps,10 free sit ups
10 leg raises,
9 weighted situps,
9 free sit ups
10 leg raises,

Etc until it was 1 weighted situp, 1 free sit up and 10 leg raises. This was done without rest and I did it at the start and end of my workout. In the middle I performed 1-min planks couple with 15x leg raises as a repeating set with 30 seconds break.

Tonight is this above again combined with some plyometric and leg-work.

On an emotional note – I’m really dedicated to getting this done. I looked back on my blog and my body has REALLY gone backwards in the last 2 months… Very sad to see but just a reminder that a body to be proud of is something you have to put in the work for.

On the bright side, I’m just thrilled about my new piece of kit, so thrilled I thought I would share photos.





…because I got married last year and my anniversary is approaching? No.

…because I nailed a recent conference, impressing several of our industry’s biggest players? No.

…because I ordered my Bowflex 1090 set including incline bench and mat from the internet and it arrived in less than 24 hours? HELL YEAAAAAH!

I have literally been at my desk all day, dying to get home to build this mother and get it all set up. I’ve had youtube videos going on in the background while I’ve been working talking about form and technique to get me amped for a hardcore new regime.

Most importantly, I’ve followed me own advice – make a plan – and execute. I’ve written myself a little spreadsheet called my “April Pledge”. It’s got a plan for the next five weeks of this month and it has tickboxes for “yes or no” on whether I followed that day’s plan. It’ll go for the next five weeks and the hope is that I’ll be able to show you folks a solid before and after picture as well as a sheet filled with circled “Y” boxes.

The hope for the result of my April Pledge:

  1. Kick my body in the ass and get back to old-school GottaGetFitter attitude
  2. Feel better about myself
  3. Get ripped for my anniversary

Again I just wanna say thanks to everyone following. I know some of you are spammers but there are also some really good folks amongst you who have been seriously supportive (hello Ice Badger) so thank you!

GGF – out!

Hey all!

Just wanted to update you that the beast is back. This week is conference week so getting to the gym is tough but Friday night will be MY NIGHT! I’m aiming for a 3 day blitz before getting back into the normal rhythm.

They beautiful news is – all it took was one or two trips to the gym, and it’s like nothing changed (Attitude-wise).

Just a short one but as a reminder for all:


it might be all you need to find yourself again.

I’m going to put this bluntly. I fucked up.

I haven’t been to the gym in over a month, which given my personal health goals, is appalling. On top of that I continued to struggle with my relationship with alcohol and have probably had less than 5 days in the last month I have not had a drink. My relationship with alcohol is linked so very much to my depression and the only thing that holds both of those at bay – is exercise. When I gym – I completely lose the will to drink alcohol. My body feels too fired up to drink (as alcohol is a depressant).

I have known for a long time that I should get back to the gym and my wife and I have been saying it for some time. For the first time in a while though, I started to feel the “spiral” everyone talks about. As my job prospects got worse, I got more depressed, which made me drink, which made me sad when I was at work the next day, sucking my energy to work out, so I would drink and so on.

Well last night – I finally felt the best about myself I’ve felt in a long time. My comedy has been going really well, my wife and I started planting fresh plants on our balcony, making the house so bright and yesterday I had two job interviews that went really well. I mean REALLY well, where a billion-dollar company is trying to sell ME the job, and not the other way around. I came home and finally I had a moment of sanity

I could celebrate by having another drink. Or I could finally get my ass back in the gym.

And I’m proud to say that I finally made the right choice. I went back to the gym and (despite the vomit when I was finished) I felt fantastic. Don’t get me wrong; my bench weight has gone down A LOT. My strength has deteriorated massively over the one month period. The worst part was that it’s my normal gym so all the regulars are there and they could notice I was struggling to bench more than 5 reps for 40Kg (my previous build-up weight up to a 70Kg 5-rep ambush).

But hey… fuck them. I’m not here for them. I’m here for me. I’m back. I’m badass and I’m going to make this happen. My bosses are in town next week and they are staying with me during this conference but I don’t care. Saturday and Sunday, I am gymming. Tuesday and Wednesday when we have no evening meetings, I’m gymming. Friday when they leave, I’m gymming.

I’m fired up, the booze is taking a back-seat for a while and my healthy mind is back in charge.

I may be feeling weaker and I may be aching…………….. but I – feel – fantastic.

My Second Ever Standup

Just did another standup last week (okay it’s not the gym like it should be but hey – it’s still a healthy hobby)

Watch and enjoy as I talk about massages and naked beaches.

Link  —  Posted: March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
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My First Comedy Standup

I haven’t posted in a while but here, I give to you, as my way of saying sorry….


My first ever Stand-up comedy at open mic night here in Shanghai.

Link  —  Posted: March 7, 2014 in Uncategorized
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