Story 1: Weight Loss 2007
"The Figure Below"
|"The Figure Below"|
Where it all went wrongTracking was a good routine. Eating sensibly was a good routine. Weighing myself twice daily was not a good routine. I kept up these routines that I developed over these 90+ days and soon found myself way below my expected and hoped for weight (152 lbs instead of 165 lbs). Sure, it felt great to be slim and fit but 152 lbs is way too slim for my build. I was getting sick about every 3 weeks and could not keep warm. Yes, I couldn't stay warm. It was winter after all but Northern Virginia has mild winters. I just couldn't keep warm without any body fat. Sometimes a routine is good for a limited time and after that time, a new routine is necessary for maintenance. I got so attached to my routine that it was tough to stop. The same theme will come out in the next few stories....
Story 2: Rowing for beer
|More Data Tracking - Now tracking Rowing for Beer|
Each workout equated to a number of beers I could drink without any concern about weight gain or caloric intake. At this time, I was a pretty good weight - probably around 170lbs and not terribly concerned about weight loss/gain. Still, I wanted to track my caloric expenditures so I could counter a hard training session with an adequate meal to recover. A complete meal included a few malt pops and I could count my meal (in beers) after each workout. So, my routine got stronger. Of course it did! I paired a refreshing beer after a hard workout. Soon, I rowed more for beer than for enjoyment. The more beer I drank, the more I rowed; it became a vicious cycle and I soon paid a price. I also increased my intensity and decreased my duration - figuring that the trade-off for beer was far more favorable with that approach. You'll see in the figure above that the intensity increased throughout my entire training routine.
Story 3: Hypoxic Training for Aconcagua
Many of you reading this post might think that there is something terribly wrong with me and I suspect you are right. There are countless things wrong with me but the one thing that is not is behavioral change. I change. I can adapt to new behaviors and habits. What I cannot do is alter those habits once I establish them into my daily routine. Perhaps that is the point of this entire post. If you find yourself becoming stuck in your routine and you ignore signs that the routine is more harmful than beneficial, I strongly encourage you to find a goal partner who is willing and able to tell you to knock it off. I rely mostly on my own data collection but obviously that approach fails me at times.