Why do I do this...

Why? To be better...

1. I promised (only a few people will know what this means, and if you don't, you will).
2. I am better than this.

Personal Bests

Santa Race November 25, 2012
5k 30:51 min/sec 6:11 pace per km

Boxing Day 10 Miler December 26, 2012
16.09 k 1:42:22 hr/min/sec 6:23 pace per km

Road 2 Hope Half Marathon November 4, 2012
21.1k 2:16:41 hr/min/sec 6:27 pace per km

Road 2 Hope Marathon November 5, 2011
5k 34:18 min/sec 6:52 pace per km

Around the Bay March 25, 2012
5k 32:07 min/sec 6:26 pace per km

Burlington Runners Good Friday 5k April 6, 2012
5k 31:22 min/sec 6:22 pace per km
(Garmin Race Time 5k 31:12 min/sec 6:14 pace per km)

Imperial Glass 4/8K Grey Cup Run November 26th, 2011
4K 26:55 min/sec 6:44 pace per km

Non Race Personal Bests

2.4km 13:19 min/sec 5:31 pace per km
July 17, 2012

5k 28:13 min/sec 5:40 pace per km
Nov 15, 2012

10k 1:02:25 hour/min/sec 6:15 pace Aug/29/2012

Challenge Start: July 18, 2011
Start Weight: 286 lbs
Current Weight: 208 lbs as at November 11, 2012
Total lost: 78 lbs
Goal Weight: 197
Last Cigarette: June, 2011

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stress is FAT!!

For my life, I have battled my weight but have I really stopped to understand it, and I don't mean from the learned way i.e. environment. What I mean is the way I deal with everything and the way my body responds to it. So my newest theory is I am fat because either I thrive in stress or I create stress and in turn it causes weight gain or maybe even loss.

Don't get me wrong here, my weight is based on choices, the way I was brought up, possibly genetics, and my level of physical activity. BUT, many times I have almost conquered these other elements in my life. Twice in my life I have gone from morbid obese to slightly overweight (based on BMI). So if it was everything that I discussed above then I should have it figured out? Right? That would be a big NO!!

So what I am saying is I know the formula to get there and maybe even stay at the ideal weight but this has not been the case. Why? Really I still do not know because I have not got to goal yet but last week I spoke about a light bulb moment, and its impact. It made me turn a corner and I realized its in regards to stress. This is my failure...stress...time after time...stress.

I had plateaued with weight loss on or about December 12, and then the holidays came and I gained somewhere between 8-10 pounds. Now a lot of this was water but still that is a big number and what bothered me the most was that I was not being a complete gluten over the holidays. I certainly did not go without but my past indulgences where much greater.

So why the crazy gain when we all know it takes 3500 calories in excess of our resting metabolic rate to gain weight and I continued to exercise throughout the holidays?

Then January 3rd came and I began to work harder and harder with little weight loss. Then I was working so hard that injuries were building and getting worse, and it did not feel like my fitness was increasing/changing. So what was going on.....light bulb!! Its was stress.

What is Guenther saying here?

I am saying I was working too hard, and putting too much focus in certain things (not enough in others). Running on an injury--stress!! Trying to run faster--stress. Trying to run with better form...stress. Trying to run further...stress. Just like work, fitness and health has to be fun (limits apply) and enjoyable. If its not, we have a physical response which we call stress and it makes it harder to do the things we want to or are expected to do (IE deadlines, targets). My body was not changing because I was asking too much of it without the appropriate amount of rest, nutrition and healing.

So what has less stress done? Since Jan 23, I have lost eight pounds and surpassed my Dec 12, 2011 plateau by 3 pounds, which I am very pleased about.

Everyone talks about listening to your body, listen to the signs,  and find the balance but do we? I say listen closely, make small adjustments, keep it intense, change it up, do what you like, and most importantly have fun because if its a chore, likely it is starting to cause physical stress and you may not even notice it! LISTEN and progress will happen!!


  1. Woohoo!!!!

    This is a huge psychological break through and it's going to make a world of difference.

    Our bodies also produce more cortisol when we are under stress - good or bad - and cortisol inhibits weight loss so there is also a physiological reason this makes sense.

    1. Yep and Yep. I have read about stress and its affects many times but it did not make real sense until recently. In other words I couldn't apply it. I am getting old!

  2. Congrats on your third week with crossfit! Hopefully it's helping you out with that stress monster at least a little bit. I find nothing is as relaxing as walking away from a workout that had me throwing around something that weighs almost double what I weigh. Look forward to possibly hearing about your experiences in the future! xx