Progress Report

Well, a picture paints a thousand words, or so they say, so here is a picture of me in my size 10 jeans (left) and size 8 (right).  (See the table below for international size conversions.)

Sam 2 sizes

Although I lost about 1.8kg since Christmas, I put 800g back on, giving a net loss of 1kg. However, you can see from this picture that even a small weight loss combined with muscle building exercise can make a significant difference to one’s appearance. It has also made a big difference to my confidence. To be honest, I’m rather chuffed with myself.  Can I say that in public?

Weight: 55.0kg

US 4 6
UK 8 10

Experiment #2


Having announced a few posts ago that I had reached all my weight loss goals and was searching around for new fitness goals, I decided to buy some cheap fat calipers from ebay. Fat calipers, it turns out, are really hard to use in an objective and reliable fashion, especially if performing the measurements on yourself. None the less, after much pinching and squeezing I decided that my suprailiac fat measurement is ~13mm which puts me at about 27% fat. By adding in a thigh and triceps measurement and using an online calculator, I got a result of about 25% fat.

That’s OK, but it’s not really considered lean, and on top of that, although I am now a size 8 in Target sizes, I’ve discovered that another major retailer, Cotton-On, requires me to lose another 2cm off my waist to fit into size 8 jeans.

So can I defeat the tamoxi-tummy and significantly reduce  that suprailiac fat measurement? Continue reading

Please Respond!


If you ask a body builder or an advocate of the primal lifestyle they will probably tell you that “chronic cardio” is a very bad thing. The body builders will tell you that steady state cardio will result in  very little fat loss and quite a lot of muscle loss. The primal advocates will tell you that endurance cardio is just plain bad for your heart, not to mention your hips, spine and every other joint in your body. Mark Sisson maintains that we are simply not designed to run for extended periods of time, however, over at the debate rages as to whether 100miles of training a week is enough, or too much.
So where does the truth lie? What is the cause of this disparity in opinion?
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If It’s Soft It’s Fat, If It’s Hard It’s That.


That was my Grandmother’s way of diagnosing pregnancy; poke yourself in the stomach and if it jiggles, it’s fat, and if it’s hard then it’s “that”. I think she thought this was genuinely useful information for a sexually active woman. She had all sorts of other useful medical tips, like, red flannel (must be red) around the throat cures a sore throat, and break fast (pronounced as two words) spittle will cure warts. But there’s more than “fat” and “that” that can jiggle on your tummy.  Continue reading

Slow Muscle


When I was diagnosed with the Big C (I actually have a problem typing “Cancer”, so I’ll use this euphemism), it was a tremendous blow to my self esteem and confidence. All my life I’d tried to be fit and eat the right things, the things that are associated with low cancer risk, and it all seemed to have been for nought. The woman in the mirror had a chubby face, no eyebrows, and an important part of her sexual identity was missing. Every morning, where I had once rolled and leapt out of bed, I now hobbled and I began to say to myself, “Take it easy. You won’t win the Olympics now, you’re old.” and so I became old.

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