Back in the gym!

Week commencing the 15th December 2014.

Weight – 168 pounds
Target weight – 147 pounds
Height – 170cm
Target Height – 185 cm
BMI 26.3
Target BMI 23
BP 112/76
Cholesterol 5.6, HDL 1.0 HDL 3.9
Number of chin ups (underhand grip) – 2 or 3, or one narrow grip pull up.
Target – 10 overhand wide grip pull ups.

So what's the skinny?

Why am I trying to lose weight (again)? Several reasons.

1. Health.
As a man of a certain age, I can no longer afford to ignore the real possibility of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. When one is younger, these things seem like a speck on a distant horizon, but in my early 40’s, they seem to loom large before me.
I am sure that much of my perception is coloured by my vocation, spending as I do much time amongst the sick and the sicker, but even so…..

2. Fitness.
I made a recent housecall to a local lady, 20 years my senior, and about 10 stone my weightier. She required her husband’s assistance to stand up from the bed, and the effort of doing so left her gasping as if she had done 3 rounds with porn star, Buster Nutner.
I don’t want to be like that (no offence Buster).

3. Vanity.
During a recent viewing of Casino Royale, Mrs Harker had cause to comment on the growing discrepancy between my physique and that of Daniel Craig, and I suspect that she would not crawl over him to get to me.
I used to be pretty fit, able to do three sets of ten pull ups without too much trouble, but when I developed thyrotoxicosis, I became weak and listless, and never really regained that level of fitness.

4. Keeping up with Mrs Harker.
In the last few months, Mrs Harker has begun to take her running most seriously and wishes me to accompany her in the spring.

My three-point plan?

1. Running
Behold our chamber of speed.

More gym

I have moved the TV and DVD player out of the cattery and into the garage, so Mrs Harker can watch nature documentaries while she runs, and I can watch horror movies.

This week, I watched the Hong Kong classics, “Seeding of a Ghost,” and “The Seventh Curse.” Check out the trailers. Bonkers!

2. Weights.
Behold our chamber of power.


Mrs Harker has devised me the following programme.

Incline bench press. 2 sets of 12.
Reverse flyes. 2 sets of 12.
Triceps overhead (single arm). 2 sets of 12 each arm.
Biceps with one foot on ball (exercise ball, not mine; I’m not a contortionist!). 2 sets of 12
Opposite arm and leg extension (aka bird dog). 30 seconds each side x 2
Oblique crunches on exercise ball. 2 sets of 12 (can only manage one set at present. It HURTS!)
Front planks. 30 seconds x 2

3. Eating less.
Hard one this. I am, and always have been, a greedy gannet; grannet for short.
My main weaknesses are crisps and biscuits, especially on a night shift. Home seems to be less of a problem, and Hrs Harker’s cooking is very healthy.

So there you have it.
Wish me the best of British and please, please, please leave me a comment.



About Dr Rupert Harker

I am the author of the Urban-Smith mysteries. Book 2, The Werewolf of Worttenham Wood is due out in June.
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2 Responses to Back in the gym!

  1. bex1769 says:

    Good luck with your new regime.


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