Firstly I apologise for the lack of posts of late.
I hate to admit this as I know I am a source of inspiration to many of you. In the last few weeks I have fallen back into my old bad habits.
The only excuse I can offer is my job which requires me to travel a lot. I have completed almost 20,000 miles already this year. I do feel this is a flimsy excuse.
Today I faced the harsh truth of the weighing scales when I hopped on and saw I was 16 pounds over my goal weight. Remember my euphoria when I hit 180 pounds? I am devastated.
So what went wrong?
I put my weight gain down to 4 factors.
- Increased alcohol consumption. – Last week my good friends from the UK were over and we spent 6 nights in Vegas! Need I say more. Healthy Shane went right out of the window, I drank Jack Daniels like it was going out of fashion and partied till 5am most mornings.
- Straying from a plant based diet. I started eating meat again a few weeks back. Initially white meat..then steaks then those god awful sausages. Now I am not saying you cannot lose weight by eating meat, just for me I keep the weight off if I cut out the meat.
- Not enough exercise. I took my running gear to Vegas with me and guess how many times I exercised? Zero! Nada. Shocker! The reason…I was waking up with a hangover each morning which started the cycle of eating crap then drinking etc.
- I lost my mental focus. Somewhere along the line I thought’ yeah I have my goal weight so I can relax now’. Of course there is nothing wrong with some treats but in moderation. Fried Chicken is not the way forward!
I saw a photo of Phil Staples the other day and I read comments about him putting weight on. I sympathise with the guy. The juicing is only one element of the weight loss playbook, the rest is being mentally focused on your goals.
Luckily there is a silver lining here.
Tonight, looking at the scales I was disgusted with myself. Before 2010 I probably would have said ‘ok I will join a gym next week and sort this out’. Of course next week would never come.
Tonight, I threw on some running clothes and got my fat ass out there. My shirt felt tight which did nothing for my confidence, I felt as if other runners were looking at me and thinking to themselves ‘Aww a fat guy running!’. The same thoughts I had back in 2010 when I started this whole weight loss campaign. Really devastating.
The good news is that I took immediate action, I got out there running and on the way back bought fruit and veg to get back into juicing. I also ran 9 minute miles. My average pace is 9.30 min miles. So thats good, even though I have piled on the pounds I still have my running fitness.
So tonight dear Running On Juice reader I am announcing my Sweet 16 campaign.
I am committing to losing 16 pounds by the time of my next half marathon in San Francisco in September.
YOU are my inspiration, I feel I have let you all down so the least I can do is show you that us juicers can take affirmative action when needed. I also don’t want to let the naysayers, those ‘experts’ who condemn juicing as a fad win. I always love the fact I can answer these negative folk by asking them to justify how I lost 70 pounds and kept it off. It’s time for action.