Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 33 - The Hard Loser, Blood Test and Active Recovery

March 11, 2013              245 lbs

So even though I woke up feeling thinner, I actually gained some weight today. This is to be expected but it is still slightly disappointing. However, I will remind myself that my body is resisting the weight loss, (as it always does!) and forget about it. I am a "hard loser". Meaning no matter what I do my body resist. Some people give up soda and lose twenty pounds or make some other slight modification to their diet and drop tons of weight. Not me. And I have tried it all. From the fad diets and "extreme" workout programs like P90X and Insanity: Asylum to calorie restriction that had me literally starving. Even when I became vegan, I only dropped about ten pounds and have since gained most of it back. For some time, I have suspected that my issues were due to an overactive thyroid or a hormonal imbalance. Yes, it can happen in men to! Cortisol from stress and too much Leptin production can all have effects on how your body holds on to fat. Of course, I'm just scratching the surface here. Since I don't have insurance, I haven't been able to verify yet. Another thing that affects my daily weight gain is the amount of salt I take in. I normally don't take in very much salt so even eating a little more than normal and I retain a couple more pounds of water.
To say it is frustrating is an understatement, because no matter what happens, try to tell someone you have "tried everything" and watch the look of doubt that immediately shrouds their eyes. Weather they mean it to or not.  A good friend of mine whom I haven't seen for some time told me the other day that they have lost almost seventy pounds in the last six months because of giving up soda and eating healthier. That makes me very happy. It also reminds me of my own struggles. Sooner or later I will figure it out and I have faith in my eating and my coach. I believe that all this Zone 2 business will help my body learn how to burn fat as its primary fuel source and that may help. I am open to sponsorship donations in case any physicians/labs in the L.A. area would like to donate some free blood testing.

Today I am on a rest day. However I am still supposed to do an active recovery swim.  Active Recovery is a light workout that raises the heart rate for a short period of time. Say 15-30 minutes. At least that's my understanding of it. I'm to swim for 40-45 minutes.

My ankle feels better today but it is not ready for any running. My workout log for the week has several runs scheduled so I contacted Chris Hauth and he told me to replace the running with easy rides. Well I'm off to complete my active recovery swim and then probably hit the hot tub.

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