Over the past 6 weeks I have been able to lose 22 pounds. This is a good amount of weight but what really makes it impressive is that I have been able to lose this weight while training for an Ironman. Most people would think that since I’m doing a lot of swimming, biking and running that it should be easy to lose weight. I can tell you from experience that is simply not true. Last year I trained for Ironman Lake Placid and logged almost 2000 miles running, 3000 miles biking and 150 miles swimming and pretty much stayed within a 10 pound range between 230 -240. The more you train the hungrier you get. I fell into the trap of thinking that since I was doing all this exercise that I could pretty much eat whenever and whatever I wanted. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrating it was to do all this training, finish my first Ironman but look like a contestant on the Biggest Loser show.
This year I’m training for another Ironman and I started off the year determined that this time it would be different. By the end of January it was clear that nothing had changed. I was training my ass off and had zero weight loss to show for it. I was finally ready to admit that I needed help. My way was not working. I needed to try something else so I contacted Amanda, told her what I wanted to do and asked if she could help me. She said that she could and worked with me to analyze my eating habits and put together a new plan for eating that would enable me to both lose weight and have enough energy to do all my Ironman training.
Over the years I had looked at so many different diets that I had pretty much cherry picked the parts of all the diets that I liked. One example is Atkins, in that diet its ok to eat high fat meat. So of course in my mind it became ok to eat that way even though I was not doing the rest of the Atkins plan. I read that marathon runners should eat bagels and pasta so therefore they were part of my diet too. The bottom line is that I was just eating a lot of food that I shouldn’t be eating and had zero portion control. I would burn 5000 calories in exercise in a day and eat 6000 calories back. When Amanda sent me the new plan she told me to look it over and then call her to go over it. The funny thing was that I looked at it and saw that it was pretty similar to a plan that I had done with great success years before. She had modified it somewhat to account for my training but it was definitely something I knew I could do.
The first 3 days were tough adjusting to the new way of eating. Once my stomach shrank a bit and my body got used to eating clean it started to get easier. One thing that has really helped is having someone that I have to stay accountable to. I keep in constant touch with Amanda as needed and can run any questions I have by her as they come up. I know that I cannot trust my own thinking. My mind likes to lie to me and tell me that its ok to eat that bagel. The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. I’m sick of being insane. The other big motivator for me is that I’m just really frustrated with not having any visible results to show for all my effort. I’m now at the point of my weight loss where people are really noticing and its nice when I run into someone I haven’t seen in a few months and they want to know how I lost so much weight. Its hard to answer that question as there is no short answer. So to keep it simple I just tell them that its what I eat, when I eat and how much I eat. I’m about half way to my goal weight and will continue with Amanda’s help to drive to that number and then more importantly, STAY THERE!