I feel guilty for sharing this with everyone, but I was sort of shocked by it myself. I went to the doctor on Monday for a check-up, and they weighed me as part of the normal routine. I haven't weighed myself since around Christmas time, so I honestly had no idea how much I weighed.
The nurse threw me on the scale, ran the weights, tilted her head, and asked me to step off. She reset everything to zero, then had me step on again. She said, "That's odd - it shows that you're 71 pounds lighter than last time."
71 pounds. Holy crikey. I went from 279lbs in June of 2007 to 208lbs as of yesterday. I was shocked. Shocked that I weighed so much a year ago (I had been running, but not for very long), and shocked that I weighed 208. I feel heavier than that - I would've guessed somewhere around 220. I never really started the triathlon training with the intention of losing a lot of weight - I just wanted to be able to run for more than a few minutes without getting completely winded.
If I had to wager a guess, I'd say that biking has been the best thing for weight loss. I really noticed the pounds starting to drop in April/May of this year, which is about when I hit the 35-40 mile mark on my bike rides. I also notice that I burn the most calories when biking - a typical 50 mile ride will burn about 5,000 calories, and takes about 2.5 hours. A typical 5 mile run burns about 800-900 calories and takes just under an hour. A typical swim session burns about 500 calories and takes about 20 minutes.
Oh, and for those that have asked - here's my "secret" to losing the weight (there's no real secret - it's not much fun):
3x - 4x week = swim (1,000 - 1,200 meters each time; about 20 minutes)
4x - 5x week = run (3 - 5 miles each time; about 25 - 50 minutes)
2x week = bike (40-60 miles each time; about 2 - 3 hours)
Eating: I generally have:
- oatmeal in the morning (1 packet)
- light lunch (Subway turkey sub with lettuce/cucumbers; or a salad, no dressing)
- light dinner (similar to lunch)
I recently gave up soda and have been drinking water, unsweet tea, POM tea (pomegranate flavored tea) and/or Naked juice, but I usually try to limit myself to 3-4 of the juices per week, as they have a fair amount of calories in them. And, for the past 3 weeks or so, I've been trying to eat extra "clean" - a lot of fruit (kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, mango, blueberries) and a lot of water. I think that's helped a ton as well. I've slipped a little this week (enjoyed stuffed peppers and beef stroganoff), but I figure I can cheat a little. :-)
So, enough bragging. Sorry to do it here - just had to share, and "digest" the news by writing about it. I fully expect that within a year or so, I'll be back to being fat... my body seems to love putting on weight... :-D
Edit: Oh, funny little story about the doctor's office... my doctor is a bit of a "Mountain Man" - he looks sort of like Grizzly Adams and is a really straight shooter. Not a big believer in using pills to fix problems and so on.
So, he looks at my chart and goes, "See you've dropped some weight - that's great. What's your secret?" So I told him about the training and he said, "Are you trying to kill yourself?" He chuckled and then said, "No, that's great - I'd like to prescribe your program to some of my larger customers."
We both laughed about it, and then he started asking me computer questions, because they just got a new imaging system and he's not much of a computer guy... picture Grizzly Adams mashing his hands on a keyboard, and it's pretty much a spot-on impression of my doctor.