417.5 lb is where I am now… Your guide to a cool summer street look

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So where do I want to end up?  The answer is that I really don’t know.  I have never been a ‘normal’ size as an adult or really even as a child.  I have no idea what my ideal weight is.  The BMI scale suggests I should weigh 185 pounds, and this seems low to me.

My goal is to be healthy and fit, fit enough to run an Olympic distance triathlon (ie. Food Addict to Triathlete).  For fun, here is a 2 second video of me on a kayak this summer at about 420 lbs.

 

So yeah I did this before…down to 325 Down from 390 lbs to 325 lbs in 2008

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Back in 2008, I was enrolled in a medically supervised weightloss program in Toronto at www.weightcare.ca. It was a great experience with Dr. David Macklin and his staff.  Over the course of 6 months, I did everything right including exercising and preparing (a little) for a Try-a-Tri Triathlon I wanted to do.

On Sept. 6, 2008 I headed to Wasaga Beach with my wife and about ten work colleagues and friends to give it a go. I came in 2nd last but wow was I proud of myself. (Check the bottom of the link…. :))

http://www.chiptimeresults.com/_raceresults/2008/msWasagaGITCly.htm

The Try-a-Tri was a 400m swim, followed by a 10km bike and a 2.5km run, it was hard and took me an hour but I finished!!!

The really interesting part of this was that this experience was the beginning of the end for me.  I had set out to run a triathlon and in my mind this fit the bill.  After this I slowly gained back weight until the launch of this project at 417.5lbs.  I will be talking more about this in later posts and videos.

 

 

Two Days Before Launch Nervous, excited and eating too much

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When you are about to something that is bigger than yourself, that you have waited your whole life to do, there is a level of anticipation, fear and excitement.

I have lost 50-65 pounds three times in my life: in 2008, 2001 and 1998. A few other times I put in some effort and lost 15-30 pounds.  I have always been a little afraid of weight loss programs, either because they are scams or because they restrict me in some way.  I have worked with a physician for two of the larger weight losses and I am ready to begin that side of the journey again.

This time I plan on using my 36 years of experience to my advantage.  Right now, I know that external forces are very motivational for me.  That’s where I will start.

 

Definition of Extrinsic Motivation: Taking action in order to obtain an outcome.  In the longer term, I do truly hope that I can exercise and eat well because I enjoy it, but it will take a while to get there.

And here’s a video about Extrinsic Motivation in Psychology. Enjoy.