Ok, so the crew at work has finished our 12 week weight loss challenge on Monday. I lost 3kg (6.6 lbs), the biggest loser lost 11.1 kg (24.5 lbs). He is buying us all donuts next week! (We all paid in $25 and the winner takes (or took) all. What I’m happy about is that I lost pretty much nothing (maybe 1/4 lb) for the first 6 weeks or so, but as I completed the C25k and started to make a serious commitment to eating and drinking properly, the weight has just started to slip away. I wonder what could have been, if I had hit upon this working combination earlier. I had been trying things, but kept getting derailed.
I’m happy for the guy that won the challenge, he lost more than I had set as my goal, and even if I had lost my targetted weight, he would have still won. My goal now is to keep at it, maybe even ramp it up a little, and flaunt a beach bod when the southern hemisphere summer finally gets here.
So what did I do differently? Firstly I found a youtube video from a guy named Scooby, that sent me to his website that is aimed primarily at beginner bodybuilders which has a lot of nutritional advice that I found really helpful.
Since finding Scooby’s site, which recommends cardio daily I began to run every day, but I hit two obstacles:
The forestry contractor closed access to the forest that I like running in.
I started to aggravate an old knee injury.
Through another page I have started reading recently, I discovered Steve Kamb’s Nerd Fitness – Level up your life one day at a time. This had a lot of motivational type posts on it, and a few that expounded theories on nutrition that were pretty similar to Scooby’s. By this time there was only about a week left in the weight loss challenge so I haven’t been following along for very long at all.
Then I saw a couple of days ago that Steve had posted a blog about a friend of his that lost a crap ton of weight. Steve mentioned the Paleo diet and a site called Mark’s Daily Apple. I’ve spent the last couple of days looking around the site, and while some of the imagery might be a little over the top for some, it seems to make a lot of sense and his ‘primal blueprint for fitness’ seemed to ring a few bells for me particularly since I started to get injured when I upped my running schedule.
The principle of gradually increasing the workouts from starting somewhere that sounds far too easy also seems to sit well with me, since when I first started the C25k, I thought the earlier stages were too easy, and I should have jumped in a bit later down the track. As it was I started in week 2. Looking back on it now I think that if I had started further into the program I would have likely got burned out early, and given up. The staged progression was actually pretty good.
I am still enjoying running, and intend to keep it up. I am not going to run every day, and may not even do the every other day thing like I was doing during the C25k. With the forest closed off (temporarily I hope) I am running on concrete around a small lake. While the park is pretty, I still much prefer the forest, and the dirt road in there is much easier on my body.
Another thing is that Mark Sisson abbreviates his Primal Blueprint to PB. A great fit for pB . So I have decided to start. I will need to shift a few of the days around to accommodate my shift patterns, but it should be doable. Today was a a day of play with an hour of Karate (see fits my lifestyle already!) Tomorrow will be a day of Lifting Heavy Things”