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The Covid-19lbs

Has your health deteriorated during the Covid-19 pandemic? You’re not alone.

If you’ve one of those amazing people I envy/hate who have turned this pandemic into your personal metamorphosis, congratulations. If you’ve become a fitness guru, then stop reading.

On the other hand, if you’re like me your lifestyle has devolved into something that would have disgusted you 8 months ago.

I went from the best shape of my life in February 2020 to the worst shape of my life in November 2020. To the outsider I’m still within the observable margins of a healthy body-weight, but I can see and feel the difference. I’m weaker and getting more squishy. Worse, my back is killing most of the time now.

I don’t think I’ve gained the full official Covid-19lbs during the pandemic, but I’ve done more than enough damage over the past 8 months.

What the hell happened?!?

When I still went to the office, I used to walk about 10km per day (6.2 miles for my American friends) and lift weights 3 times a week. Now I barely walk anywhere and the gyms are all closed.

Seriously, I’m lucky if I can get 20 steps between my bed, coffee machine and computer in the mornings. From 7:30am to about 5 or 6pm I’m mainly glued to a chair that’s wrecking my back. And when I’m finally done work, I walk 20 steps to my living space.

I’m in my office chair all day because the work is flowing full force. Like many others, I’ve found that activity doubled once employers got the work-from-home infrastructure right. So, even if I had somewhere to go I find it hard to force myself to take a break.

Regardless, I have nowhere to go anyway. Gyms are closed so that’s not happening. I tried running and made a mess of that – I will try again once my ankles recover.

I work out in my basement sometimes, but I always half-ass it when nobody’s looking.

The only thing that has prevented me from reaching the full Covid-19lbs is intermittent fasting. Essentially, I fast for 14-16hrs a day. However, I was doing that before the pandemic so I’m still in the red.

I’m not making excuses. I’m just mad at myself for losing my grip on my health. This is more of a note to myself to get out of this fucking rut.

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