teamE4E

Fat Slow Triathlete?? teamE4E???

So, who are we?

The term “Fat Slow Triathlete” has little to do with weight, quickness, ability, or even triathlon’s. It is meant to provide an inclusive atmosphere for the adult onset athlete, where support and acceptance can go a long way in bringing everyone to a healthier lifestyle. It’s way of thinking that doesn’t allow for obstacles to get in the way of the things you want to achieve. If you’re “fat” … so what? “Slow”? ….so what? It’s a way of saying, yes I am Fat (or obese, or overly tall, or old, or young), and I am slow (or injured, or tired) but I can get off the couch and train, and I can compete in and complete any race I set my mind to complete.


My Beliefs

A large portion of my lifestyle is based on getting my life together. By that, I mean deciding that enough is enough and making the effort to change your way of thinking and living. Although hard, it is not as difficult as you may think, once you get the initial “lethargy” over with as your body is readjusting. The hard part is facing the shaking heads, the tuts, and clicks of tongues, from people who at first ask you how you’re losing so much weight, and then when you tell them how, proceed to tell you how that is not going to work, despite having proof right in front of them to the contrary. It is amazing to me the reaction you get from people, especially those closest to you when you try to share with them what you have been doing to change. It’s as if they take offense to the fact that you are improving yourself like they are being personally attacked. They tell you all sorts of things: You’re neglecting your family! You’re obsessed and that is not healthy! You’re being a zealot! They don’t see the full picture.


My Story

On September 2nd, 2013, I turned 50 years old. As with most people these days I do not feel like I am in my 50’s. I have very little gray, and the gray I have is in my beard. I have a full head of hair. I have no wrinkling. The man looking back at me cannot be 51!

But, alas, he is … And this is where my concern for friends and family come in …

When you go through life you expect certain things to happen. You expect at some point to bury your grandparents. You expect to bury your parents. But as the oldest in my generation, I do not expect to bury sisters, brothers, cousins, children. I should be the first to go. Now, I know life doesn’t work that way. I am not naive. The older you get, though, no matter how you look or feel, the more you are faced with the reality of your own mortality. At the age of 46, I was 303 pounds. Something clicked one day, and I decided that I was not going to be 300 pounds anymore. My younger brother, Michael, who has always been active, said it best to me once. “If I am going to die young,” he said. “It will not be because of something I could have prevented.”

As I stood looking at myself in the mirror that day I understood what he meant. At this point, we had both had our cancer scares (mine was thyroid, his testicular). The only difference being that mine caused weight gain. The wrong part was that I used that fact to explain my laziness and slothfulness and to dismiss it as an effect of cancer. Don’t get me wrong. Anyone that has had thyroid cancer, or even hypothyroidism, will attest to the fact that it really screws you up. You feel tired all the time. You can’t focus. The last thing you want to do after working all day is to get on a bike or go out for a run. The “will” may be there, but not strong enough to get over the lethargy that sets in. But the result in doing nothing is a weight gain of 120 pounds. Shortly after this decision to end this spiral I was driving home and heard a radio show with a local doctor as a guest talking about the thyroid issue and its effect on testosterone production. Even though he was not in my insurance plan, I made an appointment and paid out of pocket for the test and consultation. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Not only were my thyroid meds out of whack, my T level was 180. So after adjusting the Thyroid and adding T Therapy, the weight started dropping. He was also the one that initially suggested that I sign up for a triathlon that was a year away (Escape from Fort DeSoto 2011). I did. And the rest, as they say, is history.

My weight leveled off for a year, and that’s where I discovered, though my Triathlon Coach, the Vinnie Tortorich podcasts, and through that the books “Wheat Belly”, “Good Calorie Bad Calorie” and a few more. After changing my eating lifestyle to No Sugar and No Grains (#NSNG) the weight started falling off again. In addition, my energy levels shot through the roof, and I am finding my body is recovering from workouts, even long strenuous ones, much faster. So, a breakthrough, and one I should share right? That has not set well with a few people. They try to poke holes in the eating method. They say it won’t work. “Calorie in calorie out” is the only true method, they posture. The problem is that, even though I am standing right in front of them as proof that “calorie in calorie out” does NOT work for everyone, it doesn’t phase them in the least. They stick to their food pyramid. You can show them the science, point them in the direction of numerous studies and academic papers explaining how wheat and sugar increases fat storage in the body, and they still stick to the old thinking. The proof, as grandma would say, is in the pudding.

We still see Facebook posts, and Twitter feeds, about people “carb loading” before a race (which has been proven NOT to work), or indulging in bad eating because “they burned it off during their workout”. A wise woman told me recently that I cannot take it personally when these guys listen to you and still go the other direction. All you can do is offer advice, and hope they listen, but if they don’t, then that’s their choice. It’s a good way to think, and easy to do when it’s the odd man on the street, or casual acquaintance. Not so easy when it is someone you care about. I want these people around me for a long time. I don’t want to see them in a box. I’d prefer, as is the course of life, for them to see me in the box. I don’t think they understand that this is the place I am coming from … maybe selfish on my part because I don’t want them to leave me that way … but it comes from a true place.

If you have ideas for the blog or general questions about anything I write about here or discuss on the Endurance For Everyone podcast or Facebook page, please shoot an email to teamE4E@EnduranceForEveryone.com.


Mission Statement

It is the mission of Endurance For Everyone, LLC to promote the healthy participation in endurance events regardless of current fitness level. The leadership and members of teamE4E believe with proper and appropriate training, nutrition, and motivation, along with the support and guidance of a team, that everyone can complete, and even compete, in long course events.

8 thoughts on “teamE4E

  • January 15, 2016 at 6:05 pm
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    Well im using Onecast to listen to you guys. It only has the back of the pack stuff from episode 100 till now and I have Fat Slow in my Que to listen to next. You guys reference the old podcast a few times and thought it would be cool to see ( hear) it unfold from the beginning . Thanks for the tip on Octane-Athletics I will check that out . I am taking everything slow , doing a running app , spin classes and i took some swimming lessons so now all i have to do is get in the pool . Keep up the good work your podcast is a hoot .

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    • January 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm
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      Appreciate it James. Anything we can do to help you let us know.

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  • January 15, 2016 at 5:51 pm
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    Glad I stumbled on you guys . I’ve set a goal this year to participate in a triathlon and to lose 50lbs the right way through healthy eating and working out . Im 250 lbs 32 years old and have minimal experience in any of the events associated with a triathlon . I joined a website that has training plans but listening to you guys is encouraging and fun . I cant get any of the early Iron Man Year one stuff off the dougboy website though . It just wont play . Any other source for this stuff ?

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    • January 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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      Other than our Back of Pack Endurance I do a solo show called Fat Slow Triathlete (also a blog at fatslowtriathlete.com). Another GREAT resource us the guys at Octane Athletics (podcast … their site is octane-athletics.com). Be careful with training plans online. I know some of the older stuff won’t play. Did you try through a podcast app instead of through the site?

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  • July 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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    I am 5″7, 250 lbs and I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have struggled with binge eating disorder since I was a kid. I am very interested in learning how to properly train and learn about nutrition. It is definitely an inside job. “Move the body and the mind will follow”. I radically increased my exercise since my best friend Denny was found dead of a drug overdose a month ago. The depression that followed was very dangerous for me. I had to combat the urge to comfort myself with food and just push myself to follow a basic exercise routine. I am 31 years old and I know that unless I can successfully combat my disordered thinking surrounding food and exercise, I will end up dead from suicide. I have to battle all the think I know about health, myself and who I am, as well as what I am capable of. I welcome any help or support I can get.

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    • July 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm
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      Jessica …. are you on my Facebook page by chance? The reason I ask is that there is a fellow FST there named Tyler that may be a good person to talk to. Contact me through there and I will get you in touch.

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  • June 5, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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    So glad I stumbled upon you from Fit Recovery. Looking forward to reading through your blog. Sounds like someone I can relate to–except I cannot seem to get the weight off.

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  • May 3, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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    Yes! Racing is for everyone! Looking forward to meeting you in real life 🙂

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