Out on parole


England is starting to open up again. Non essential shops are open, beer gardens are open, hairdressers are open. Most importantly to me, the gym is open!!!!


I woke up like a kid at Christmas, I was so pleased and excited to finally be able to train again. Not only is it important to me to try to get my body back into some sort of reasonable shape, but also weight training is important for my mood and mental health. The gym is one of my happy places and has been for a few years now. I have really missed it and the buzz I get from going.


I had my temperature taken as I entered the gym, and I was presented with a microfiber cloth and some antibacterial spray to clean the weights/equipment as I went along. Ear buds in, music on, happy. I managed to weight train for an hour, followed by 30 minutes of cardio (I hate cardio).


The feeling I got when I lifted the weights for the first time, was epic. My mind cleared, my mood lifted and I felt at home. I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass since last year. I trained sensibly using much lighter weights than I normally would just to build up my strength without injury.


I need to start eating much cleaner than of late. Cakes, crisps, alcohol and general junk has been my go to of late. I am having a beer as I write this, but I have eaten much better today. No raw egg whites just yet!!

About catmann1973

Hi, I’m Martin. 47 years old, living in Suffolk. I have three amazing grown up children. I have the best family and friends in the world. I am a football fan, love going to the gym and I am a motorcycle pilot. I’ve had mental health problems all of my life. This site is about my past, present and future. I’m hoping to make it easier for people to be able to speak freely about mental health. It can affect anyone at anytime.
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