I think most of us have ups and downs when it comes to our weight. It’s cyclical and from what I read, it’s human nature.
I’m on an upswing these days. I can say it’s because I’m busy (I just launched another company yesterday) but mostly it’s because it hasn’t been enough of a priority. I’m not at my heaviest (uni days when I was playing football at over 300lbs) but not my lightest either (Ironman years when I hovered around 220).
It’s funny, we gain weight over time and then expect to lose it instantly. Pills and powder can help with weight loss for a short period of time but most of the time you’re putting your health at risk.
Like I mentioned before, if you’re running strictly for weight loss, you’re fighting a losing battle. Usually you need a rallying cry or a low point. I’m not sure if I’ve hit it but I’m getting more and more motivated to get back in shape so I can perform better on runs, in workouts and on the ice.
The good thing is that I’ll have an opportunity to kickstart some weight loss later this month as I spend 10 days in Nicaragua working on a school in the hot sun. I’m also not sure how much food I’ll have access to. That could be a good thing! ;)
In my experience, you can try all the gimmicks in the world but you need something that’s sustainable. I guess that’s why I’m not at my uni or my Ironman weight anymore. Now I just have to settle in to something that’s healthy and viable for the long run.
I’m not too worried about the number on the scale to be honest, it just helps a lot when you’re doing long runs or triathlons. And with a few tris planned for the summer and the New York Marathon, I need to get on that!