The FAT Project has failed. The FAT Project is Over

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The FAT Project is over. The FAT Project has failed.

This is a ten-minute video so I thought a brief summary would help.

I am ending the Food Addict to Triathlete Project because it has failed in its goals.

I am so grateful to everyone who helped with their time, energy and money. And hopefully this has helped people in some way. I am delighted by how many amazing new connections and relationships I have made.

I have not failed. I am fitter, healthier and stronger than I have ever been. I will still be doing an Olympic Triathlon next year but just for me. (I would be honoured as a friend if you want to join). I have learned so much, done so much because of the FAT Project and my only regret is that it didn’t work.

I still need to learn more self-love instead of self loathe. If you know me, you know I love being out in public and putting on a show. I am going to continue that in some fashion. (calling it www.iwillbeme.ca)

Thanks for the energy, the well wishes, the support of me and the FAT Project. I am in awe of that and eternally grateful.

 

Going forward:

  1. Eat how I want to eat for the rest of my life.  Not a ‘diet’, and all the baggage that comes with that. This enable me to lose the 100 lbs and then 30 year old habits asserted themselves and this became a diet that I cheated on a lot.  Every day is a new day.
  2. Be active everyday, especially with my 5 daughters. I am quite possibly in the best shape I have been as an adult.  I did a Try-A-Tri, and 82 km of a 100 km ride. I still have a very long way to go……

    Celebrating completing 82 km in 6.5 hrs on a cold and windy day in September

  3. Be honest with myself and publicly about my eating, my emotional state.  I am good at lying to myself about my actions and emotions to the point that sometimes I really don’t know how I am feeling.

The article below helped me get to a better place and the courage to end the FAT Project as a failure.

 

 

 

 

The Try-A-Tri On Sept 1 2018 - I completed the Guelph Lake Triathlon II

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And So the Running Begins… Join Christine and I on our way to 5k!

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Ever cognizant of the ultimate goal I have set, its time to get serious about my physical pursuits.  I like external motivation so I signed up for two events: Subaru Try a Tri at Guelph Lake (https://www.trisportcanada.com/races/guelph-lake-11/) September 1 and the Epic Tour (https://www.epictour.ca) to do a 100k ride on September 9.  I’m not sure I have fully wrapped my head around completing the events, in both cases, I told my wife that I thought I should of do them, so she signed me up. Go big or go home, I guess…

Back up two weeks ago, Christine and I started the conditioning phase of a learn to run 5k developed by Louise Green and published in her book Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have (Greystone Books, 2017).  The first week of conditioning, we dutifully completed our run/walk sequences as prescribed, but thought that another week of conditioning was in order. Last week was more challenging as we finished one of three workouts.

Conditioning Week(s)

5 minute warm-up walk

30 seconds run, 2 minutes walk x8

5 minute cool down walk

 

Nevertheless, we started Week 1 of the program this week:

Week 1

5 minute warm-up walk

45 second run, 2 minutes walk x6

5 minute cool down walk

 

We chose this program because I have never run before and we thought it was a gentle way to start out.  While the conditioning phase is gentle, that doesn’t mean that I found it easy to do; to be honest, I found it difficult but manageable.  So here’s to starting Week 1 – 45 second runs, I’m coming for you.

We would love to have a virtual group completing the program with us!  If you have ever thought of running, here’s your chance to start out with a gentle program and some online accountability and moral support.  Drop me a line if you are thinking of taking the plunge.

 

Photo by Jenny Hill on Unsplash

Meeting with a Counselor It was time.

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I had called EFAP two weeks ago, to try to get out of a bad place with using food to cope with life.  I have been struggling with emotions lately and not been dealing with it effectively.  Thankfully I was able to see a counsellor today and we connected.  You don’t always connect with a someone in this capacity so I am delighted to say I got lucky.

We had a good conversation for an hour around everything going on in my life and how I am using food to handle it.  She and I determined a few goals (see below) that I am committing to for the next two weeks. What I like about this process is I am enabling someone external to enter my life for the specific purpose of improving my well being.  There are a lot of things I do well, but self care has not being one of them!

Goals before the next appointment on July 5, 2018:

  1. Photograph everything I eat and post to the Fat Project’s Instagram (Yes all of it – even the poor choices). This will help me eat better so you may not see anything too poor – I really need a name for this beyond the Observer Effect.
  2. I will walk from Union Station to my office at 250 Yonge St. twice a week for the next two weeks.  We didn’t specify whether this was both ways 🙂  But I will assume the positive intention and assume it is both ways.
  3. Prepare a list of coping skills instead of eating that I have used successfully. (This will be the hardest and I am not yet sure where to start).

Sushi at my desk with miso #thefatproject #keepingitreal #postallmyfood

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