Monday, July 26, 2010

Diet Month 2

I apologize for my lack of updates this summer. I just came out of a 4 week stretch where my daily schedule was:
  • Wake up at 6:00 - eat, exercise (some days), go to work
  • Work 8-5:00
  • Family time from 5-9:00
  • Work from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am.
  • Repeat
Thank goodness I was on this carbohydrate restricted diet, otherwise I would have died from exhaustion.

Anyway, here are the stats from my first 70 days of restricting carbs and keeping track of everything. In week 5 I loosened the reigns of my severe carb restriction and added peanuts and veggies back into my diet. I've become addicted to dry roasted peanuts which is where the majority of my carbs are coming from.

The observant among you will notice my continuous calorie increase since week 3. This is consistent with every other diet I've been on. The willpower to resist eating only lasts a couple of weeks (a month if I'm really motivated). But this time I didn't care. I let my body and mind tell me how much to eat. An insightful friend commented that maybe the urge to eat is my body telling me it doesn't want to lose any more weight. I never thought of it that way before.

The graph below is amazing. My body weight is not rising at all with all the food I'm eating. In fact, my body fat is continuing to go down. I've been lifting weights 2-3 days a week and getting noticeably stronger. I'm sure I've added a pound or two of muscle mass in the last 5 weeks while my overall weight has stayed the same.

So far everything I believed going into the diet has been validated. I think the most obvious point I've demonstrated is that the nutrition establishment is wrong in their mantra "calorie in = calories out." The TYPE of calorie matters. If the establishment was right, I would have gained 12 pounds since week 3. Time will tell if my other health assessments (aside from weight loss) are positive from this diet.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

2010 Pickerel Lake Triathlon

It was another fantastic triathlon at Pickerel Lake over the 4th of July weekend. The common theme this year was lack of training. Well, lack of training for almost everyone.

When I started my carbohydrate restricted diet in May I decided to stop doing long cardio exercise and I didn't run or bike for the 8 weeks preceding the the triathlon. Many others admitted they hadn't trained a lick either. Paul admitted he'd been training specifically for this race for the previous 8 months. (I've got to at least jab a Paul a little here since it is kind of a tradition now) Paul also admitted to buying a wetsuit, getting a gym membership for winter training, and taking a swimming lesson!

We had absolutely gorgeous weather and a very good turnout. The swim went without incident and the PLT record was CRUSHED by a high schooler without a wetsuit.

I had a good swim of 10:31 and an awesome transition. I enjoyed first place for about 1/2 mile on the bike before getting passed by Paul and later Jason.

Paul, Jason, and I were within 30 seconds at the start of the run but Paul quickly took over and put us away. I was amazed how good I felt despite no carbs and no training.

Paul posted a great time and got the victory he wanted, but he didn't beat my 2008 or 2009 times so my record stands for another year.

PlaceNameOverallSwimBikeRunBike Pace (mph)Run Pace (min/mi)
1Paul Soper1:22:420:09:520:35:000:37:5016.290:07:17
2Matt Christians1:27:320:09:530:37:420:39:5715.120:07:41
3Randy Elenbaas1:28:100:10:310:34:370:43:0216.470:08:17
4Jason Schaaf1:31:250:10:260:34:280:46:3116.540:08:57
5Evan Steensma1:33:400:12:410:37:130:43:4615.320:08:25
6Jenny Scott1:37:330:12:140:38:210:46:5814.860:09:02
7Eric Plantinga1:38:310:12:000:39:580:46:3314.260:08:57
8Kyleigh Klaussen1:38:330:13:050:43:010:42:2713.250:08:10
9Matt VanHarn1:39:130:08:310:42:260:48:1613.430:09:17
10Mark VanHarn1:39:450:12:270:39:220:47:5614.480:09:13
11Steve Elenbaas1:41:370:13:040:38:020:50:3114.990:09:43
12Abby VanHarn1:43:560:09:230:48:570:45:3611.640:08:46
13Elizabeth Soper1:44:000:14:470:47:250:41:4812.020:08:02
14Darren Schaaf1:45:170:14:370:37:490:52:5115.070:10:10
15Marv Elenbaas1:51:470:14:500:43:450:53:1213.030:10:14
t16Derek Elenbaas1:52:230:19:390:42:580:49:4613.270:09:34
t16Ben Elenbaas1:52:310:17:410:43:550:50:5512:980:09:48
18Mike Johnson1:58:260:12:070:50:050:56:1411.380:10:49
19Lydia Soper2:05:000:17:070:59:090:48:449.640:09:22
20Claire Steensma2:07:570:16:200:51:450:59:5211.010:11:31
21Grace Elenbaas2:20:440:16:520:59:221:04:309.600:12:24

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