I’ve been thinking about something a lot lately.
- In the past 7 years I have completed 5 marathons and an Ironman, not to mention a few half IM’s and a slew of shorter races. My job requires me to walk often all day. I am extremely active hiking, canoeing, rafting, gardening. I never sit still.
- In the past 7 years I have gained about 25 lbs. It comes on all sneaky-like, really slow. But, that’s over 2 pounds a year, right now I’m at 155 lbs. I am 5’1″ tall. I should be completely round with this ratio, but I’m not. I’m more…chunky.
This really pisses me off.
Here is the other thing.
When I weighed in for IMLP last year, I was 154 lbs. That is after 20 hour training weeks, 1000’s of bike miles, 100’s of running miles, hours of driving to the pool to flash the life guards, and really counting calories and watching what I was eating.
What did I lose?
Like I said, I currently weigh 155 lbs. This is after a SEASON of sporatically working out and eating not so clean, but I wasn’t having pizza, wings, poutine, and beer every night either.
SO basically, I gained a pound.
I am back to my pre-Ironman weight. I guess that is good that I didn’t go beyond it into the 160’s.
In general, I was eating oatmeal in the morning, a sandwich for lunch, and pasta with a protein for dinner. Nuts for snacks. I don’t drink soda.
Yes, I had a candy bar or ice cream here or there, but it isn’t like I was hitting that shit every day.
After 6 weeks of being consistently at the gym, running, spinning, and hiking, I am in the same freaking place.
It is depressing.
I was starting to feel like it doesn’t matter how many mornings I wake up at 4am to drive the hour to the gym, how many hours I spin or run or swim, or how dedicated I am at training – I still struggle to lose even a few pounds.
But I keep going, because I don’t really know what else to do.
And working out makes me feel good, helps me keep my sanity – so I will continue to do it regardless of the results.
Besides music, I started listening to podcasts as I was working out (I do this so no one will talk to me, I am the most anti-social social person you will ever meet). But I was getting bored with podcasts, when I stumbled across this fitness podcast that I freaking LOVE – Vinnie Tortorich’s The Angriest Trainer.
He and his podcast partner Anna Vocino talk about all sorts fitness (and non-fitness) related things, and they are thoroughly entertaining. I laugh out loud at least once every podcast, usually more than that.
What caught my attention is what Vinnie consistently says about weightloss:
“You want to lose weight? Cut the sugars cut the grains.”
I would tell you more about why, but I would probably screw it up. Check it out if you are interested.
Basically I cut sugars (not including fruit, I mean refined sugars) and drastically reduced my carbs (no more pasta every night) and focused on trying to get more protein and fat into my diet.
In two weeks I lost 3 lbs. I haven’t counted a single calorie. I am not hungry and feel really great.
I’ll keep you posted.
Also, if you want something to think about, check out this video put out by the BBC with Jacques Peretti, The Men Who Made Us Fat. There are 3 episodes, but it kind of hammers home the way sugar has affected us as nation, and how it came to be so prevalent in pretty much everything (processed) that we eat.
I’m off for a run in the snow. Yes. SNOW.
Shouldn’t be a surprise, I do live in Caratunk, Maine after all.
Thanks for reading!