Saturday, March 21, 2015

Oh Hi There

It's been 2 1/2 years since Rowan was born.  Since that time I've gained more weight than I'm willing to share and I have lost 100% of my fitness.  It's a sucky place to be and even suckier to acknowledge it and face it.  But here I am.  I've had a few experiences lately that have led me to reevaluate where I'm at in life.  I'm trying to incorporate some healthy changes and dust off the mojo.  I'm starting with some small goals (no fast food, do some form of activity at least 4 days a week), but if you know me at all, you know that I don't do small goals very well.  They are boring and feel like sandbagging.  Like setting small goals only serves to not be disappointed when I don't meet the big goals.  So my true, super top-secret (not so secret anymore) goals are to lose 80ish pounds and do an Ironman.  There, I said it.  Sorry, family.  Sorry, JaJa.
What am I doing?
Nutrition: Ketosis.  This wasn't really intentional, but I stumbled into it.  I'm a carb addict.  I should probably go check into a treatment center and do a 12-step program.  Seriously.  It's obvious that excessive carb consumption has probably been my biggest fitness downfall my entire adult life.  So I have opted to cut back on carbs.  I've been reading up a little on how to do it and started seeing all these references to keto blah blah blah.  My interest was peaked and I decided to give it a try.  I'm one week into the experiment, and from what I can tell, I've reached ketosis.  Or at least am heading in the right direction of getting there.  Except I'm now battling the so-called "keto flu."  I hear that's short lived though.
Exercise: I'm making up a training plan one week at a time.  My work schedule can be unpredictable with silly hours at times, so I'm only going to plan a week ahead for right now.  I'm trying for 3 swims, 3 walk/slogs, and 3 strength sessions a week.  Short duration.  All Zone 1/2.  No biking for now, as being on my tri bike is just too damn uncomfortable until I lose more weight.
How's it going?
This sounds ridiculous, but I've lost 10 pounds so far.  In one week.  That is completely unheard of for me.  I know it's all water weight, but getting rid of all that inflammation is still important.  To me, weight lost is weight lost.  I know this rapid loss isn't sustainable, but it is certainly a huge (and much needed) boost.  I also couldn't finish my lunch the last two days (salads).  That has never happened to me before.  Never.  I'm sold.