Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 329 - Big News For Our Hero and Blissfull Boozy Scary Stuff

January 1, 2014               ???

New Years Day! Big news sports fans.

But first, why did I stop posting my weight? Originally, I stopped because I was doing an experiment to see how much I would lose if I didn't micro manage my weight on top of the training and the blog. Basically, it didn't work. Other stressors came into play and I enjoyed not having the additional stress of the daily weigh-in failure. I also wasn't getting much sleep and I began to spiral into a very dark place, worrying. As a matter of fact, I began drinking on a regular basis and realized that I was becoming dangerously dependent on the booze to get through my day. For a person with my history of addictive issues and OCD, I knew I needed to stop. So I quit.

I yoyoed a lot, but ended up right where I began. So here I am on the first day of the new year, the same year as my Ironman, ready to try again. All the training I have done up to this point has helped, as my body has changed putting on more lean muscle under the fat sheath. So even though my weight may be similar to where I began, I am sporting more muscle density than at the beginning. I guess I have failed so far at the weight loss thing, but I will crack the code that is my wacky self. I will not cross the finish line at Ironman overweight. Just me, nothing against anyone else.

And speaking of weight loss, onto the big news.

Toro Performance Nutrition, LLC is now sponsoring me! Toro is a sports nutrition consulting company founded by Jennifer Lentzke MS, RD, LD, a registered and licensed dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She specializes in sports nutrition and wellness with an emphasis on endurance sports. AND on top of being a nutrition expert, she is also a Pro triathlete and eats plant based herself!!! On top of all that, she is a wonderful person. One of the very cool things her company offers is Metabolic Counseling. Basically, you get some blood drawn and lab work done that she will use to determine problems in your nutrition and diet.

Jennifer has put together a plan for me that relies on a 2000 calorie diet for my base nutrition. Training nutrition is in addition to this. But basically I'm shooting for about 60 gm of carbohydrates on less intense long workouts of 90 minutes or more and 80 gm of carbs per hour for more intense workouts. Six meals a day, including three snacks, spaced out about three hours apart. No processed food, organic and fresh with the exception of plant based protein powder. I'll post the actual meal plan another day.
I am very happy to have Jennifer helping me out in this crazy journey of mine. Thank you Jennifer! If I can hang in there until eating according to the plan becomes second nature, and not bail after three weeks, I will have a washboard by November. I am a bit nervous.

Here is The Puppy after a run.

Until tomorrow my friends!

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