On that morning I weighed in at a personal record of 255 pounds that were surrounded by a size 44 waist. The waistline stretched my scrubs and made getting out of bed a slow process. I hadn't felt comfortable with my weight or appearance for quite some time. My lack of comfort few into concern with the BMI numbers added up to obesity. My BMI was 33.6, classified as Obesity 1 with a "high" disease risk. It was all so obvious and now it was coming into focus...as I approached my forty-eighth birthday.
What did I do?
I'm not big on long term goals when it comes to fitness but to stay motivated I knew I'd need one. Of course, the biggest and most important goal is to stay out of the casket. After a little research I decided that completing a triathlon would be the goal...by age 50 (2015). Thats two years from my start date. I started reading everything about triathlon on the web and bought a couple of books and was on the way to training for a sprint distance triathlon...with on change. We'll compete in the 2014 Rochester Triathlon rather than waiting.
After six months...
I can swim a 1.5 mile workout, bike 12.5 miles and feel good, and run a 5K with reasonable time. I'm now wearing a size 36 and weigh 219 pounds. My BMI is now 28.9 and while still considered overweight, the doctor has assured me (along with lab valises) that my disease risk is significantly lowered.
|The old size 42 pants|
The training schedules are now specific for triathlon and I'm focused on improving all three disciplines. I still have a lot of work to do before the Rochester Triathlon in August, 2014. Ideally my weight should be under 190 pounds - another thirty pounds to go!
For the short term I'll continue training and plan to run a few 5K's prior to the triathlon. After that...maybe a half marathon!
Of course, I'd like to stay out of the casket as well.