I go to the gym three days a week. You have to or else - I don't want to be the guy that dies shoveling snow - Douglas Coupland.
So I've made a horrible discovery this week. Gaining weight healthily is a really hard thing to do. Doing it unhealthy is a doddle, just call Domino's and then mainline a box set or three on Netflix. You'll easily pile on the kilos but you'll look like Jonny Vegas at the end of it. Trying to do it in a sensible way takes a bit more thought. For context I'm currently 57 kilos, and my fighting weight is around 69 kilos. So that's 12 kilos to gain and not be Mr Blobby. Chemotherapy does many things to your body but one of the main ones is stripping you of muscle mass. This is how cancer patients lose weight so dramatically.
Unfortunately there's only one sure fire way of regaining that muscle mass, the dreaded gym. This is how I ended up at my local centre being showed around by an enthusiastic man in a tracksuit called Paul. Paul detailed all the different machines and what they did, while I pretended to pay attention but I was really looking at the scarily ripped guys working out. These dudes had arms bigger than my thighs. The amount of weights they were lifting gave me heart palpitations just looking at them. And they weren't even breaking a sweat, like someone asked for help carrying their shopping home from Sainsbury's.
I'm going back to the gym tomorrow for an induction and a proper go at some of the equipment. As currently I get out of breath climbing the three flights of stairs to my bedroom, I think it might be a bit of a challenge. But however much I dislike the idea of the gym, I need to gain my muscle back, and my daily walks won't do that on their own. Also an upside of going to the gym is that hopefully I'll be able to ride my bike again. I feel a surge of jealousy standing at the bus stop seeing other cyclists whizz by, while waiting for my chronically slow 45. So that's a goal I'm setting myself, being fit enough to be an annoying cyclist again!
Tomorrow I'm also seeing my local Dietician. Hopefully she'll be able to give me some pointers on how to gain the pounds. I've already changed to full fat milk, soft French cheese and cooking vegetables with butter. It's basically a diet of someone living in Lyon.
Currently I'm... Learning all about brewing at London Beer Lab..Listening to History Hit! podcast by Dan Snow...Reading all about the ongoing horror that was last Friday in Paris.