16Aug2011, Current Weight 224, running 25k/week bike 40K/week eating clean'er' and not starving
Throughout my life I have always been an active and passionate or determined person. If I was going to do something I had just as much chance of overdoing it than keeping things in balance. This has served me well in some aspects of my life but not so well in others. I now have a wonderful wife and partner who understands, and supports me and two young boys who are active kids always wanting another adventure with mom or dad. My weight issues go all the way back to when I was kid, but my issues with food really started when I was a teenager.
It was at that time I began running with a local track team and loved the competition and camaraderie I had with the people I competed against. I never made the provincial or national teams but I was always knocking on the door. I trained hard and with people who seemed to do better than me and didn't understand why. My coaches tried to warn me with statements like “You are a little heavy for someone who runs 50 -80 miles a week” or “Easy on the soft drinks they are not helping you” but I couldn't or wouldn't listen I was slim enough and if I wanted to lose weight well I'd just work harder and burn more calories. During my time in high school I even read nutritional books like Eating to Win, and while the chemistry of nutrition like carbs, fats, and proteins stuck with me I somehow ignored the message and thought those are the rules that affect other people not me. At my highschool graduation I weighed about 180 pounds was full grown feet 5 Feet 11 Inches. Even though graduation was close to the finish of the outdoor track and field season I was already 10-15 pounds over what I weighed for the provincial championships.
As I entered university my times we not quite fast enough to get a partial scholarship and I struggled academically. I gave up running in my second year of university, focused on my education and started hustling job to job and summer work to pay for it all. I thought I was so smart balancing it all and with that cockiness came my nickname Crafty. Unfortunately in choosing to focus entirely on Academics I dropped off the running and the physical activity and picked up some bad habits (read as outlets or coping mechanisms). I was a world champion 1-2 pack a day smoker for about 8 years, I began to drink fairly regularly, and my eating habits which weren't great to start changed in that I ate much more meat and carbs. In fact my motto was if I didn't have meat then it wasn't a meal, and seafood and chicken wasn't real meat. Real meat had fat! My weigh crept up to about 200 pounds during this time I think, but I wasn't going to do something stupid and step on a scale to find out
After graduation from university I started a career in botany research. I was outdoors and active a lot early on, and liked to golf (a lot) in my spare time. Unfortunately there were winters and my weight Yo-Yo'd around with the seasons. Not a lot but I would gain 15-20 pounds in the winter and shed it in the summer. Also, post graduation I quit smoking and as a previous runner I had lost so much of my lung capacity I attributed all my fatigue and lack of endurance to smoking. I figure that quitting smoking cost me about 20-30 pounds in gained weight that never really disappeared. But I could at least start to jog (or even walk briskly) again and I thought that was all I would need to get back to being fit. It's been about 12 years since I quit smoking and I haven't come any where near being fit.
Not long after meeting my future wife two things happened to me that made me think I may need to make some changes in my life. The first thing was that I started getting back problems also known as SI joint dysfunction with sciatic pain the second was allergies . In fact I think I topped out somewhere around 270 which happened very close to the time of our wedding. I was so happy and felt so good at this time nutrition just wasn't even worth thinking about. Not long after Jo and I got married we started exercising in the hopes that it would make pregnancy easier to achieve and easier to follow through on. Again nutrition wasn't something I cared about, I just wanted us to have a healthy baby or two and then I could switch from running back to golf.
A bad back and dream job that turned into a nightmare partly due to allergies to the pollen of the plants I worked with turned my small fitness gains into losses. I didn't start smoking again but I did definitely over-indulge in food and spirits. Eventually I got a wonderful office job that I love and was able to get my body away from the things that made it feel so sick, but the drawback was that I wasn't burning the calories that I used to in the summer and so my weight gain wasn't seasonal it was permanent. My consumption of beer and wine didn't abate either.
In those years of being smoke free I would always find myself trying to find a reason for my shape or condition, not being a smoker any longer I attributed it to the choices I made with alcohol. And I had some previous experiences pointing me that way. About 3 years ago while in my office job I started increasing my activity level and I switched to light beer and I dropped my 35 pounds over the summer. Since resuming the drinking of whatever I wanted I had gained back between 15 or 20 pounds to find me at my current weight which is usually between 240 and 250. This spring I made a pledge to myself to cut out alcohol for 3 months. I was so sure I would feel better and lose weight. Fell better yes, lose weight no.
During my three months of temperence I have come to accept that it isn't just beer that was responsible for my poor condition, the amount and type of food I was putting was a real blind spot. I am hoping to change this over the coming months as I learn to eat healthy again.
Citius, Altius, Fortius and more flexible with a higher energy level.
Would like to run finish and survive the local 1/2 marathon in 2012.
Running 3-4 times a week
Riding my bike to work
trying to stay active with the kids on the weekends
I am married to the most beautiful and intelligent girl in the world and we have two high energy, gregarious, and intelligent kids.
Do or do not there is no try - Yoda
There is no such thing as can't, only won't - Allan Taylor (my Uncle)
| current weight: 261.0
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, Kevin. You are too kind. Keep your family in your sight and you will achieve your dreams and goals. All the best.
1664 days ago
Woohoo Kevin -- I love hearing about how this is all coming together for you -- and your family.
Thanks for reading The Spark -- I appreciate it!
1698 days ago
I came across the following quote while "googling around" the internet a few days ago and think it's message is so important that I want to share it with my friends!
"All of life is a journey; which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there." From A Little Book of Happiness
1756 days ago
I just dropped by to say hi and to see how you are doing. I hope all is going well and that you continue to work hard to reach your goals and enjoy life.
1765 days ago
I suppose carrying golf clubs DOES burn calories. And I figure time on the course is time you're not eating? Double threat, LOL. Have a great weekend.
1772 days ago