When you started training, what sequence you introduced activities?
Did you start with just running and then move on to strength training or classes?
Did you notice any type of training that really made a noticeable difference or was it all very gradual??
HOW I GOT STARTED
I looked back at my first blog post here. It was October 2008 and I’d started exercising regularly 3 months before. My BMI had reached almost 25, and my Dad brought it to my attention by saying I looked ‘comfortable’.
Settling down with Fit Girl, and going out drinking and eating lots was taking its toll on my body. Although I was happy, I was 67kg and not feeling I’m the best of shapes. (See my weight loss journey for more info).
I was already sort of active. I went to the gym a few times a week and did an uneducated routine and I played basketball a bit. It was time to up my game. In 3 months I’d already lost 5kg, simply by doing more activity, and I was aiming for more.
I decided to enter some events: a couple of 5ks in the first 6 months, a 10k and a sprint triathlon. I also set about raising money for charity for the three events. All of that was plenty motivation to increase my activity up to between 6-9 hrs of exercise a week (with one rest day a week).
I started focussing on running. On the treadmill I got up to being able to run 20 mins non stop (with walk run intervals). Then I did 20 mins, walked for 5 then ran 20 again. I reduced the walk time until I was eventually running for 40 minutes non stop. Then I took my running outdoors, and ran with friends, and the rest is history: 10k, 10 miles, half marathons, marathons and ultras! (In 4-5 years).
Marathon training allowed the weight to drop off without me even planning or thinking about it, culminating in me getting to the weight I am now, and maintaining that weight for a few years now.
At the same time I found out what my weakness in triathlon was (bike) and focused on that too. Bike sessions in the gym, and I bought a road bike and did early morning road sessions.
I got 10 x 3000m swim sessions to do and worked on my swimming twice a week. I included fun and hard interval type work in basketball and I did weights and
I had a day for each activity:
Mon Run day,
Tue Swim day,
Wed Bike day,
Thu basketball and fun day,
Sat Swim bike run,
And I did weights on Monday and Wednesday. I did this from about January to September 2008 and high levels of activity (with others usually) became HABIT and A WAY OF LIFE FOR ME.
I created training plans for myself and the events and fundraising acted as motivation to keep going when it got tough. I slowly got fitter and lost more weight. in addition to the exercise I was doing, I was keen to be active in other ways, walking to and from work, always taking the stairs instead of the lift and doing other activities like hill walking and other things with friends.
I liked the variety of training for triathlon and its usually meant that I don’t over do things and I tend to not get injured much (touch wood).
WHAT HAS HELPED ME IMPROVE?
Things which have helped me, are probably activities where I do them with others: social runs, workouts with Fit Girl and Jackie, spinfit with Helen. Spinfit (interval training) has definitely helped my cardio and running. Intense circuits have been good too.
HAVING MORE TIME AVAILABLE
In 2008 I was lucky enough to get a good job close to home. A commute of an hour a day, turned into a 20 minute walk to and from work, plus lots more spare time for me. I can train at 630am and still have time to get into work for 9am. Or I can leave work and be home for 530pm to train right away. Get a good work life and family balance that works for you. If it ain’t working: change it. 🙂
INCREASED ACTIVITY, SOCIAL INTERACTION AND FUN
Training with others not only gets you out of your bed in the morning because you have people relying on you, but it also helps you get perspective and helps you to have fun too. Going to classes is a good way to meet people, and get a good workout at the same time. The social interaction, feedback and chat you get from others can sometimes be worth a hundred hours of working out on your own.
WEIGHT LOSS (AS A RESULT OF INCREASED ACTIVITY)
Probably the thing which has been most gradual, but has helped me the most has been losing all of the weight. 24lbs perhaps doesn’t sound a lot when you hear people saying they’ve pat 5 stone etc. But I have lost 16% of my bodyweight… almost 11kg or a small child. It’s got to make things easier for my body! Think of that the next time you lift up a 10kg weight.
In addition to increased activity, I’ve also changed what and how I eat and drink. I gave up drink in 2009, I couldn’t handle it anymore. And I’ve slowly been learning what foods are good and tasty. I quit diet coke and fizzy drunks when I realised they were crappy too. I try to eat in terms of what nutrition I can get from it and I try not to eat grains or wheat where I can. But I’m not restrictive and I eat what I want and I crap too: Chinese and mars bars.
TWO PACK PEARSON? 😉
I’ve now run over 5,000 miles since I started (2008), I’m pleased to say I’m very fit and healthy and I’ve lost all of the weight that I have and my body fat is down 10% (down to 20%). I could even go as far to say I have a ‘two pack’ (in a certain light 😉 ).
I’m still working hard, focusing on running and strength work, and I’m always keen to learn new things about how I can improve. I appear to be at my ‘set point’ weight now, or the weight I’m meant to be. 🙂
Imagine not having 10 or 11kg to carry around? That’s how much lighter I am in 5 years…10.45kg! It’s been a long slow process or journey, but everything is a lot easier and better for me now. 🙂
POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
I’ve gained an immensely strong mental attitude to believe I can do anything I set my mind to. I believe everyone has Super Powers and my Super Powers are strong with me. 😉 If you think I’m ‘Super Lorn’, I think you can be Super whoever you are. You just need to set a few goals, work hard, believe in yourself and achieve great things.
Think about your life and realise how lucky you are. Take my Super Human Test and see how Super you really are. 🙂
I feel great that I can get up one day and just decide to go for an unplanned 16 mile run if I want. I don’t get DOMS all that much and although I work hard, I’m also keen to take it easy and have fun with friends and get to know others too.
I have a good level of perspective, and life is great. Life appears to be slotting in to place in all areas of my life 🙂 – like all of my hard work, optimism, good deeds, blood donations and smiles are being repaid to me. I’m grateful for everything I have, receive and am.
MY SECRETS TO BEING SUPER
Gradual progress and variety – along with putting in the hard work and always learning, appears to be my secret along with a bit of fun and craziness along the way.
HOW DO YOU GET FIT / LOSE WEIGHT?
Here are my 10 tips to get to be the best you can be:
2. Enter events if they help motivate you, but most of all, exercise with others (if you can) and have fun.
3. Eat for nutrition, don’t diet. Always look to improve one thing a week in what you eat or drink. Don’t make it too complicated, food should be simple.
4. Measure your progress. Weight, body fat, body measurements. Body fat and body measurements going down can be a great motivator. Don’t focus on the scales too much though, if you do all if the points here, your weight and body fat should decrease as a result (as mine did). I’ve lost inches as well as lbs and you can too. 🙂
6. Strength train. Circuits, body pump, body attack, Mefafit, weights in the gym. All forms if strength training will help you to burn fat and calories daily. Do my crazy intense circuits or my Super 8s Strength.
7. Learn. Always keep learning about what will work for you very new things, read about what you’re interested in: my books are all: running, triathlon, nutrition, fasting, cycling, weight/ strength training, swimming, positive thinking. Continually improve the special and Super person that you are and can be.
8. Set little goals, bit by bit you’ll get there. I never dreamed I would be 123lbs / 20% body fat. I aimed for 135lbs / 23% body fat, and training and other changes in my life made me lose another 12lbs / 3% body fat. Make this a lifestyle change not a fad or 4 or 12 week programme.
10. Don’t take life, training or anything too seriously. It doesn’t matter if you miss a workout here and there, or if you get a cold or an injury that puts you out for a bit. Take the time out and come back stronger. In the grand scheme if things it doesn’t matter, and you can and will still achieve your goals. Make time for friends and family in your life and have fun.
I’m now helping others to hopefully get fitter, healthier and happier. It’s been a long journey, but I’m glad I’ve done it and I’ll. contrite to exercise, be active, eat well and have fun. It doesn’t have to be running or triathlon, it can be walking if you hate running. Find something (or some things) you like…and do them! Or challenge yourself to get up and running, challenge yourself to do something you thought you’d never be able to do.
Now will you join me on a journey to Super healthy fitness and happiness? It doesn’t need to cost lots of money, or take loads of time. Just get a plan together, set aside some time in your life (get up earlier, or do it straight after work), and get support from your friends and family.