Embracing Your Inner Arnold

"Come to me, Arnold"
“Come to me, Arnold”

OK … I give up …

I keep trying to lose weight, trying to get under that 220 mark, and no matter what I have tried, no matter how clean I eat or how much I train, my body will not get under, and stay under, 250. In a fit of frustration I once more sought medical opinion, after much prodding from Jennifer, and got a complete panel done with Dr. Heim. I went back in for the review last Friday and was met with much of the same old problems I have been fighting for three years. Thyroid levels check out, estrogen now in range, but testosterone was a 99.

A 99??

When I first sought help back in ’10 my T count was 113, and at THAT level he was amazed I could function. But now, after weekly injections, it’s a 99?

“Probably a lab error or a bad batch”, he said. “I’ll give you a booster and see how you feel over the weekend.”

I did feel a bit better over the weekend, so maybe it was a bad batch, but it doesn’t explain the continued issue with weight.

And then, after looking through my weigh in numbers for the past 9 months, it hit me. I am not losing weight, but body fat is dropping and lean muscle mass is increasing.

It has been said by people much smarter than me that weight loss while training for endurance events do not mix. Your body will hold on to every bit of weight it has while being put through this type of training. It is inevitable that you will also gain muscle and not lose an ounce, in fact you’ll probably gain weight. A friend recently posted on the Facebook page a picture that illustrated this fact. In the picture it shows a marathon runner on the left, very thin, almost skeletal in appearance, and on the right a sprinter, muscular body, thick muscled legs and calves. The caption read something like “who would you rather look like?”.

Obviously the picture is meant for a reaction and is surely not representative as a whole, but it’s a good point. Watch the Olympics once and you’ll see this for sure. The endurance athletes will be rail thin and the sprinters will be muscular. Hell, just look at the sport we talk a lot about here; triathlon. Compare the average triathlete to a Tour cyclist, or a runner. The Triathlete will almost across the board be more muscular looking. Some of those cyclists int he Tour this year looked like they could be blown over by a good stiff wind.

This got me thinking. Do I really want to be a rail thin, 180 pound man again (I used to be that thin)? Do I want to keep fighting what my body actually WANTS to be, forcing it into a position it isn’t comfortable in? Even in the looks department, when I close my eyes for visioning exercises the man I see in my mind is not thin. No. He’s muscular. He looks like I did when I was in my mid 20’s.

So I have decided to stop fighting what my body wants to be. If Mr. Body want to have muscle, well, let’s give it to him. If he wants to go fast for short periods of time, well, let’s see how that fairs. The distances will still be there, but I think my training is going to be more interval based from now on, with one or two longer sessions period.

Nothing wrong with a re-boot now and then right?

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