Okay. My bad. It has certainly been awhile since I have posted, but that does not mean I fell off the wagon. Okay, maybe I fell off the wagon for two weeks while Jaime and I were on the mainland for a vacation, but even during that vacation we were still hitting CrossFit most of the time. So stop judging me with your eyes and your judgy expression.
What? You don’t believe me? Fine, we will jump right into the meat then. The below picture is from the CrossFit Oahu Nutrition Challenge Jaime and I participated in from 15 January 2013 until 28 February 2013. Yes, I had a ridiculous mustache and I might have, ummm, trimmed my chest hair down a bit, but you probably would to if you lost approximately 20 lbs. The key numbers here were 8 lbs of fat lost, 9 lbs of water, but I also lost 3 lbs of muscle. WHAT?! I am CrossFitting my face off and I lost 3 lbs of muscle. Turns out you are supposed to eat closer to the end of your workouts. And I had also been moderately training for my first sprint Triathlon which was on 2 March 2013 (I finished… at around 1 hour and 20 minutes… it was fun). Lesson learned. You can read what I wrote about this challenge here: http://crossfitoahu.com/blog/2013/03/paleo-success-despite-multiple-special-occasions/
So this is what I looked like BEFORE we went on the two week vacation. Fortunately, there was another CrossFit Oahu Nutrition Challenge that literally started the day we got home. The great part about it was an immediate shift back to our healthy practices. The bad… well, it turns out that I am beginning to get sick of the nutrition challenges. Jaime and I eat Paleo a good 90% of the time, and sometimes you just want a beer. And on a nutrition challenge, you don’t really have that option. And I like options. So here is what I looked like after coming back from the mainland.
Not TOO bad, but there was a certain amount of fitness decay there. This is a great example of how your diet is crucial to your weight loss or even just maintenance of where you are.
And now for the grand finale. I will write more about this, but I finished my first Olympic distance Triathlon (1500 m swim, 26 mile bike ride, 10K run), the Honolulu Triathlon. Jaime came out to support me, cheer me on, take pictures, and in general, just be awesome. She excels at those things. I trained with Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, so I got a cool purple singlet and tri shorts. Jaime took some photos, and as usual, I was pretty critical of myself about how I looked in spandex. And I thought to myself, “Self, I wonder how much I have changed in the past year.” It was a great opportunity to dig through some wedding photos from almost a year ago. I was amazed when I set them next to each other. Since we got married on 14 April 2012 (the picture below on the left is at our reception), Jaime and I have run a half-marathon, a full marathon, and a sprint Triathlon together. I have done an additional sprint Triathlon and today’s Olympic distance Triathlon. I felt pretty good about what I have accomplished, but wasn’t quite ready for what comparing the two photos meant. Holy balls. Clearly, I didn’t realize how far I had let myself go (from 231 lbs on the left to 205 lbs on the right), and I owe my beautiful wife a HUGE apology for not taking better care of myself leading up to our wedding. The good news: you can see in the pictures how good she is for me and what an inspiration she has been for me. I recognize I have a ways to go, but this is a hell of a start. Thank you, Jaime! I couldn’t have accomplished all of these things without you!