My Half Ironman Campaign: Diet … Getting After It … with a Paleo Diet Reboot

  • As I noted in my last post, I decided to complete a Half Ironman in 2018.
  • A Half Ironman is 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13 mile run. That’s big.
  • I have about 8 months to prepare.
  • I’ve (mostly) decided on my training program. I’ll post it soon.
  • In this post, I’ll hit diet and body weight.

Diet and Body Weight

  • Diet and body weight are going to be important to my success. Why?
    • Diet
      • To be and healthy.
      • To fuel my body.
      • To recover.
      • To drop fat.
      • To support muscle growth.
    •  Body weight 
      • I weighed 232.8 pounds this morning. That was with my clothes on. So I’m probably a hair over 230 pounds. In the past 6 months, I’ve bounced between 220 and 230 pounds.
      • With the distance that needs to covered, 56 miles on the bike and 13 miles on the run, excess body fat is an anchor. I believe that I’m carrying 30 to 50 pounds of excess body fat. Imagine going on a bike ride or run carrying a bag of sand. That’s me right now when bike or run.
      • The excess body fat slows me down. That’s not so horrible. I’m more worried about extra force on my knees during the run.
  • I intend to follow a very strict Paleo diet.
  • I will fast one day per week.
  • With this and the intense training, I expect to drop 30 to 50 pounds. Why such a big range? I haven’t performed a body fat composition test. But based on my history and knowing my body, I know that I am carrying at least 30 pounds of excess body fat. I will evaluate as I go along and adjust as I see fit.

Paleo Diet Reboot

    • I’m well versed on the Paleo diet. It works well for me.
    • It’s allowed me to change my diet habits for the better. That said, I’m not as strict as I should be. Here are a couple of examples:
      • Sticky: I don’t have cereal, milk and juice for breakfast anymore – no exceptions and no desire to make exceptions.
      • Not so sticky: I eat bread several times per week.
    •  I purchased this book.
    • The book is “Paleo compliant”.
    • It offers a 21 day reset plan. I’m going to follow it. Why?
      • It’s a good plan.
      • “Clean up” my eating habits.
      • It is a simple plan, that I can execute against and track my progress.
      • I have found that I can maintain good eating habits (mostly) and body weight by “just eating well”. However, I need to be more intentional to drop body weight.
    • Rather than get into the specifics here, I’ll post as I go along.

Thank you for reading!

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