Sunday, February 10, 2013
It's a few days short of my year's membership of SP. I know this because I joined a couple of days after my birthday. I was a few weeks into the fat loss at that point - but I decided to use SP to track and blog in preference to some other sites.
Coincidentally I share a birthday with Abraham Lincoln (for those who don't know about him a few years back he was a leader of one of the UK's former colonies and he did some Ok things there). I will be hitting 52 in a few days..
After six months of SP I I'd lost 60 pounds and hit maintenance. My biggest challenge was never losing the weight. it was always what followed... "maintenance"
Maintenance meant gradual improvement for me. I wanted to be faster, stronger and be injury free and a routine was developed for that purpose. I truth the routine changed slightly over the last four weeks. I put in some extra cardio in anticipation of a ski trip. If you look at the tracker in my "Staying Power" group you can clearly see the upsurge of activity. The early evidence (after three months of the routine ) was that I am getting more athletic.
My weight wobbled a little - I think due to colds and flu. After six months of maintenance I am just a couple of pounds off my lowest weight. I am three weeks off my next weigh-in and with he skiing I might drop some more weight
Preying on my mind is strength,I know if I ate more and reduced the cardio I would be getting stronger a lot quicker. But the goals are still clear in my mind. They are
1] To not go over a certain weight
2] To get faster with running
3] To build endurance
4] Build strength
5] All with reduced risk of injury
I know that "pushing it" in any one endeavor can lead to minor injuries and I have no need for that
My body fat is unrelentingly obstinate. I am at the "lean" part of the spectrum for my age. My face does look a little gaunt in some lights but I can fill either a tight "compression shirt" or a well cut suit very well. Swings and roundabouts.
Of surprise is time. As I get older time does fly. The focus and intensity of weight loss seems to "extend" timescale. In maintenance/marginal improvement mode the visible changes in my body are small and timescales blur. Gym sessions do tend to mergr despite the fact that the routine is heavily periodised and varied.
In archery I shot a PR of over 500 (years target is to shoot 520 consistently. A bow presents interesting psychological challenges. Physical discipline clearly helps. Even in a club with a few county level archers there's still some hope I can make the 2020 Olympics judging by what they consider training... :)
This time last year I met up with friends from school (known me 40 years!). There was the occasional comment then about "carrying a gut". I guess there will be further comments this year on my metamorphosis.