I did my first triathlon (a non-stop swim, bike, run competition) back in March of 2009. It was horribly painful and I was one of the last finishers. Although I finished the race, which was a huge accomplishment, I did not like the way I felt when I finished. I was a finisher who needed to lose 40 pounds of weight. It was then that I decided I needed to get fitter and healthier.
Over the course of the next year, I lost somewhere around 40 pounds. Dropping the initial weight was really easy, but getting to my goal weight of 150 pounds had and has been pretty much impossible!
I am always up or down 5 pounds, even after competing in 3 Ironman triathlon races (2.4-mile swin, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile run), 6 Half Ironman triathlon races, 2 marathons, and more half marathons then I can count, I am still NOT at the weight I want to be.
I have never had a weight loss or nutrition “plan”. When I train, all I am thinking about is getting calories in. I have a mindset that if I am riding 75 miles on a Saturday and running 15 miles on a Sunday, then I can have cookies and ice cream for dinner. Which leads me to my worst enemy (that I cannot seem to let go of) SUGAR!!! I am addicted to sugar. It’s really bad. I love nothing more than a giant bowl of sugary cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Another problem I struggle with is that I am pretty much constantly hungry and when I am in training mode I can be downright ravenous. I am constantly fatigued because I do not fuel my body properly.
I need a change. I need direction. I need to lose 40 pounds. More importantly, I N-E-E-D a plan. I need to know how to fuel my body with the right types of foods. I need balance in my diet. I need Rebalance in my life, to help me be successful.
Here it goes…
Franny G. – Intro – Athlete – Age 29 – Professional