I have been thinking a lot lately about this blog and my journey to becoming a triathlete. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m trying to do things out of order. The name of the blog is Fat2Triathlete. I think I wanted to skip the fat part, skip all the hard work that will be needed to get in shape and go straight to triathlete part.
This plan just hasn’t worked out all that well for me.
So, I’ve decided to go back to the beginning and work my way to the end, taking each step as it comes. I don’t have to be a world class athlete tomorrow. I don’t have to be perfect right away. It’s a journey – one I’m going to take. And I’m going to enjoy the ride.
Gayle is reading ChiWalking: Fitness Walking for Lifelong Health and Energy and on Sunday she read to me an analogy from the book that fits my situation perfectly. When you are baking a cake, you don’t throw together all the ingredients and toss it in an oven that has been turned up to the highest temperature and expect to have the best tasting cake ever 15 minutes later. Instead, you carefully measure the ingredients in the proper order, turn on the oven to a proper temperature and let the cake bake slowly until it’s done. Then, and only then, do you have a cake that is tasty and worthy of eating.
This blog will document my JOURNEY from fat to triathlete. Every step, every trial, every learning experience. I want to document it all. I have come up with a few steps that I want to concentrate on as I progress. They are detailed in the graphic below.
My focus for the first few months of 2013 will be gaining a base fitness level and eating healthier. To that end, I have joined a gym and will be working out 5 days a week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be cardio (walking/running on the treadmill). Tuesdays and Thursdays will be weightlifting. I need to increase my muscle tone to support my joints. Muscle also burns more calories than fat, so that will help with my weight loss.
In addition to all this, I am walking with Gayle in her 50K at 50 Challenge. We will be walking a 50K in the month of January (the month she turns 50)
I am hopeful that the acknowledgement of where I truly am and the realization that it will be a process to get where I need to be will bring me great success and health.