Good things come to those who sweat!
It was a backpacking trip back for a friend’s birthday. Just a 10-mile trip to Sykes Hot Springs in Big Sur. Though I had not done this particular trip at this point, I surely can do 10 miles! Or so I thought. My pride was a lot bigger than I was. Which is hard to imagine since I weighed in at around 265. I was a big boy. Needless to say, I did not make it. I made it halfway. I spent the night by myself that night. All I could think about is how I will not let this happen again. Ever. So thus sparked a weight loss extravaganza.
While living in Monterey at the time I would go on 30-mile bike rides roughly 3 times a week. Joined the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team (MOCOSAR). Got in shape and loved my outings with MOCOSAR.
Fast forward a couple of years and I get a job in the bay area. I move and promptly stop doing all my extracurricular activity because I had not established my fitness habits. The food was amazing! You know how this story goes. I promptly gain 30+ pounds. I gain almost half of what I originally lost. I panic inside and get myself back on track.
The first thing I do is get my diet back under control. No more eating out. More cooking at home and with whole foods. Shopping around the grocery store instead of what you would find in the middle. Lots of chicken and less beef. Diet is back in check. What to do next?
When I lived in Monterey, I had my own business. Getting time free for a 30-mile ride was not too difficult. Working in the bay area means a lot less time to schedule such a long ride. Plus, there was no ocean easily accessible as I live roughly 25 minutes away not instead of 5. I had done some time at CrossFit East Bay in Jack London Square but the price and timing made it difficult. Great place though!
A new gym opens up in Walnut Creek. Orangetheory Fitness (OTF). What is this all about? I go to a free session and was immediately hooked! It’s HIIT style in 60 minutes. Half cardio and half weight training. You quickly learn the terms base pace, push pace, and all out. You wear a heart rate monitor throughout class. It tracks your heart rate on a big screen alongside everyone else’s heart rate. Though you quickly realize that there is no competition with anyone else. You compete with yourself! You try to go faster or get a higher heart rate every time you go to a class.
So I join and it’s become my habit. I go a minimum of 5 days a week. Just look at the below graph.
When I started tracking my weight before OTF and then during. You’ll see that I quickly lost weight but I then gain it. What?! Oh no, I still lost fat but gained muscle. Yes, muscle! Then you’ll notice that my weight loss only accelerated from there. The title of this post is something one of the trainers will always say and it’s so true.
I quickly got in the best shape of my life! I am friends with everyone there and love going because we all help each other to basepushallout together. It’s an amazing family. I say this because we are working hard and feeling the burn only to finish together with a smile and determination to return for another burn session. I found my staple workout. Feeling great. My pride is as big as my confidence and this time my body can back it up. Thank you Orangetheory Fitness Walnut Creek!
I hike the John Muir Trail in September and OTFWC has gotten me ready for this trip! I can’t wait to hit the trail knowing that this time I will make the entire trip and enjoy every step of it.