So introducing the weight loss series. Starting with part 3.
Early August I was at around 95.5 kg (Spiked at 97 kg) and pretty unfit. I didn’t do any sport and was not eating healthy. Often I was just eating cereal (müsli) for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and pasta or pizza in the evenings. Sometimes also just toast sandwich in the evening, so lot’s of carb and sugar. Earlier this year I was also drinking lots of energy drinks (Red Bull variations), often one per day and cola-zero was also something that I always had in the fridge. So in short: No good and if I stayed like that I would gain more weight.
I then bought the book Fit ohne Geräte: Trainieren mit dem eigenen Körpergewicht (English: You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises), and liked what Mark Lauren wrote about: Training without having to go to the gym and without need to invest in equipment. So I slowly got started and was active for a month time, then I started on swimming and kind of got away from the home training. (What a fail).
Around the same time I read The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss, this turned out to be a game changer for me. In the book I first time came across “Low Carb” diet. Sounded interesting and easy.
As a motivation I made the bet with my friend, just loose 2.5 kg and stay there, if I lost then he would get 250 EURO, if I win then he pays me pizza+beer (he shall be joining, so a win-win bet for him).
One and a half month later the bet was won, which I expected to happen, loosing weight is always easy in the beginning. But to my surprise I never felt as if I was on a hardcore diet. I tried some powder diets earlier; there you feel it all the time and don’t look forward to your meals. But with Low Carb I’m just eating a lot different food than before, and more healthy food and of course, no more carb. So no more bread, pasta and cereal for me. All turned out easy (I really need to do a post about Low Carb soon).
Spartan Race & Training
I will not go into details about this in this blog post, but early November I signed up for a Spartan Race Sprint, which will take place in April 2015 in Munich (Event info here). After a podcast by Tim Ferriss where he interview Joe De Sena and then after reading the Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life by Joe De Sena I did some research and came across the race in Germany. I considered it for a few days and signed up.
I have since then started almost daily fitness training and even started running (more about all this later). Again, a big change in my life, and a good one :-)
Below 85 kg
Around November 22nd I dropped below 85 kg, which felt great :-) The week after I did go up over 85kg (but didn’t reach 86kg) and now I’m around 84.2 kg, the change of around 11.5 kg is something I can feel. I had to add a hole to my belt and soon I will be buying new jeans. Nice side effect with loosing weight is that fitness becomes easier (I felt the difference big time when I recently went bouldering), so that just makes you feel like doing more fitness. Next goal is of course to get below 80 kg, which I should reach in the first 2 weeks of 2015.
My body’s fat also dropped below 30%, think about it, 30% of 85 kg is 25.5 kg, that’s lot of fat to carry around.
Stay on Low Carb?
Hell yes :-) I enjoy the food a lot, sure I spend more time in the kitchen now, but even that I enjoy. I might have to consider eating more carbs if I continue with my training but I will think a lot more about what I eat than I did earlier. But before I start to introduce more Carb into my diet I want to go below 80 kg, maybe even 75kg.
So what’s next?
- Stay on Low Carb
- More training
- Spartan Race
Oh, that’s a nice list of upcoming blog entries :-)