Losing Weight

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Inspiration, Training Days

You know one of the most critical things I needed to do before starting this journey was lose weight. This past March my weight was 208 now it’s 187. So in the past 5 months I have lost 21lbs! Not bad at all, but still need to lose some more to get to race weight.

Here’s what I did.

Lose_itAt first my wife started using an app called Lose it, and she was having some awesome success with it so I decided to start as well. If you haven’t checked this app out I recommend it. It’s a great way to not only record what you eat but it’s a great way to gain an understanding of how you eat.

It’s really simple. Tell the app how much you want to lose per week and it will show you how many calories you can eat in a day to meet that goal. Also you can record your exercise and the app will give you a good idea on how many calories that activity burns.

Lose it makes counting calories easy, but it still requires a commitment. Fortunately for me I have an awesome wife that cooks for me every night. Inside of the app it allows you to create recipes of your meals and shows you how many calories are in each serving. Honestly if I didn’t have Hannah this part would not be possible, I’m a horrible cook! But since Hannah took the time to enter her recipes for me I now know  how much of her meals I can eat.

So really it will take some time to set the app up, but once you do you will find it’s a lot easier to lose weight. I have never been a fan of diets. To me diets mean cutting something out of your diet that your body needs, and if you cut out to much of that (like carbs, fat) your depriving your body of a crucial substance. Now regarding protein, carbs, and fat those are things you have to work on adjusting to meet the needs for your training goals. If you are training for a Triathlon fat is not really an enemy nor is carbs. In fact both used correctly are great energy sources. But regarding fat I’m not talking about just any fat. You want to stay away from as much man made fats as possible (trans fats). Those types of fat are not processed very effectively through your body. Eat more of your healthy fats, like avocados! As far as carbs, you have probably heard the term “carb up” well that’s true but you don’t really want to just carb up right before exercise shoot for an hour or two before you exercise otherwise your insulin levels will spike and it can make you a little light headed. If you workout in the early mornings than eating an hour or two before might be a little difficult. But you still need something. What works for me is a small packet of oatmeal, but if you don’t like oatmeal than try a sports drink, or applesauce no sugar added, just something for a nice boost of energy.

Just give yourself some time to get used to this new routine, and figuring out what works and doesn’t work. Also a good tip that my wife and I still do is treat ourselves to one good dessert after dinner, just make sure it’s not going to push you over your calories for the day!

I truly believe that nutrition is going to play a big role in my success of completing a Triathlon, and it’s something that I will be adjusting as I go.

Happy eating!

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