I was always an active kid: swimming, dancing, and playing softball and volleyball. Even as I continued to gain weight in college, I played rugby. But as the old adage says: "you can’t out-workout a bad diet." I was the prime example.
I worked out before starting my journey in November 2009, but it wasn’t smart. I would go to the gym for hours, spending time on the stair climber or elliptical until the calories burned allotted to over 1,000—and follow it up by bingeing on junk food as a "reward."
Once I joined Weight Watchers, I started working out smarter. For the first three weeks of the program I focused on getting my eating habits in check. Then I gradually added in 45 minutes on the stair climber, elliptical, or treadmill three times per week to earn my WW activity points.
As I got more comfortable in my body and the weight came off, I decided to try a cycling class with a friend in summer of 2010. I was down over 30 pounds by that point, and was able to get myself through the door because I had a friend with me. I had a great time and loved the class. I would go three to four times per week around my work schedule. I would also try workouts like Zumba and dance (hip hop) occasionally whenever a friend wanted to go. One friend and I found a Zumba instructor we really liked, so we made a habit of going to class every Tuesday for a while.
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In December of 2010, I herniated a disc and had to stop working out, but I still lost weight by following the Weight Watchers eating plan. During this time I started my blog, Weight Off My Shoulders, as a place to chronicle what I was going through, and built an online support system through my readership.
While I was laid up my wife decided she wanted to start running, so I decided to join her once I was recovered. In June 2011, I was cleared to start running again. I did seven runs total over that month. I wasn't supposed to push it too much, so the distance ranged from two to seven miles. From June through the end of 2011, I did 15 races, mainly 5Ks and some 10Ks. I was hooked.
My workouts today really depend on what I am training for. Since 2011, I have completed 58 half marathons, 12 marathons, 15 triathlons (including two half Ironmans), and an ultramarathon (40-miler). If I am focusing mainly on a marathon, I run three to four times per week (which includes a long run on the weekend) plus cycling class, boxing, Pilates, and even swimming. I love to get together with friends to try new classes so I'm constantly trying new, fun things.