Friday, September 14, 2012
I have been really examining my journey and I have to say in alot of ways I have dodged a bullet figuratively speaking. The fact that I have lost over 110 pounds, trained for numerous races, learned to swim for a triathlon simply by "flying by the seat of my pants" is a miracle and testament that I think that everyone has a resident knowledge of what it really takes to move forward and if acted upon, will produce results BUT....
I think this is one reason why I have stopped making progress. you can only do so much shooting from the hip.
What I am trying to incorporate into my routine is that...a routine, an organized way, a methodology. I have a friend who I consider to be a mentor who, if he reads this, will probably think "well glory be... its about time" I am not one for following plans of any kind, however, I have hit a place that I think that my way will no longer work.
That is not a bad thing because todays problems cannot be addressed with yesterdays thinking.
I was and have been inspired by Ben Greenfield. He is an exercise physiologist, trainer / consultant, and body builder turned professional triathlete up to and including the Iron distance. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry has some sort of idea or diet plan but when people like Ben Greenfield or Joe Friel (another professional coach) talk, I listen. They train champions.
My history (briefly) At 385 pounds @ 38 years old, 6'2" tall, my resting metabolic rate was approximately 3150 calories. Meaning, just sitting around, it took that level of energy just to support my basic living without exercise. As hard as it is to believe, I never had an easier time losing weight. This was my honeymoon. With that many calories to play with, you have alot of wiggle room. I was able to get away with murder dietarily and still lose.
This is why I am convinced that the early stages of any major weight loss undertaking is largely mental/emotional and dealing with food addictions rather than true physiological trouble, speaking in a general sense not including genuine diagnosed conditions of course. All it took was an intuitive cleaning up - dump the pop, whole pizza before bed, drive thru etc..., take up some walking and biking and SHAZAM! The fact that I was a couch potato was actually to my advantage. When you are untrained, your body is extremely inefficient at just about any form of exercise and you naturally will burn more calories for the level of exertion. the weight started falling off. It took a month or so to start seeing anything on the scale but I did feel better right away.
Such easy wins lead to embedded sloppy habits because if it works don't fix it. Not to say that there have not been issues but I have managed to lose the majority of my weight within the first 2 1/2 years of my journey.
It is now 4 1/2 yrs later and I am far more efficient...harder weight loss...no worries though.
I have been looking over material and am putting together a training / dietary routine that I believe will put me on course. I wont bore you with details but since I have been lacking structure, this will probably work and I will go into it more once things start falling into place.
change takes time. the free ride is over, we will see what the next 30 days will bring. I believe it will be good things because I have never seen consistant effort go unrewarded.
I will take a shirt off "before" pic and then follow up with subsequent 30 day pics but I will not post them...yet, maybe in the future. I am still far too appearance sensitive to do that now. If it were possible to have a six pack for ones legs, I have them.. big time. MY legs are CUT and very strong but as for the rest of me... umm different story. soggy.
However, I am not driven by vain things such as looking good. That will come if I reach my training goals but that is not my drive. My drive is to be light and fit with the core strength to perform well at the 70.3 mile distance. If I lose enough, its off to the Ironman (140.6 miles)