For the past 8 months Daniel "Cubicle Dad" Malinski and I have been running away the pounds as we train for his goal, the Chicago Marathon. Watching his progression has been amazing and to date Dan has lost almost 100 pounds! We are now the same weight, different heights, but the same weight, different speeds, but the same weight. I am 6'4" 235, he claims to be 6'0" 234, though, I think he is measuring himself with running shoes on.
Size does matter. We wear the weight different, however, now that he has caught me, I want to chase him.
We run together, but now we are also racing each other in weight loss. It's the tortoise and the hare of weight loss and in this game Dan is the fast one. In the time he has lost 100 pounds, I have lost 25, both of our goals are to hit 210 by race day.
In an effort to keep us both healthy we are working with super nutritionist Beth Shutt. Beth has been working with Dan since the beginning of his journey and will be acting an a nutritional Switzerland, forged between the battling superpowers of food.
In all the things I have done, I have never worked with a nutritionist, though I have always understood how important it is in the world of endurance sports. If I have a dollar for every time I called it the 4th discipline in triathlon, I would have about 148 dollars! I have been a nutrition loner and a junk food junkie. It used to make my old coach Adam Zucco crazy "Oreo's are not a recovery food," he would bark at me. In the Ironman, I have a picture of me running with a bag of Jays Potato Chips in my hands! It's salt!!! Leave your judgments at the door please!
Anyway. More than weight loss, more than getting faster and more than beating Dan's pale white butt in this "race," Beth has already motivated me is a new way. " This isn't just to make you a better athlete, but a healthier person, you are building a new foundation of health that will help you for the rest of your life." Beth shared with me in our first call.
"Find the special thing that motivates you and use that as your guide. Dan has an obvious motivation, you need to find yours." Beth told me. "Just because you are an athlete doesn't mean you are exempt from things like heart disease and cancer, a healthy diet can help prevent these types of things."
Having a history of both in my family, Beth's words really hit close to home. As I looked at the men in my family, I am about 2 years late for my first heart attack. With a 10 year old and a 1 year old at home, I would like to be around for both of them and their kids as well.
So game on! I am starting with a food log for Beth to get an idea of what I eat, how much of it I eat and when I eat it. All of these things are important in planning your nutritional goals. Beth told me, "we need to figure out the quality of the food you eat as well as the quantity, once we figure out quality, the rest will fall into place."
This is not a starve fest, but a nutritional Kentucky Derby
between two Clydesdales. Along the way, you will be able to learn a
lot more about nutrition in sport, from both of our blogs, as well as
bet on who you think is going to get to 210 first. The winner will get
to take those earnings and donate it to their charities, Dan's- The American Heart Association, mine- The Pathways Foundation.
Beth is a triathlete, a runner and understands our nutritional needs and lifestyle, I am excited to be working with such a pro.
I type and eat my last Oreo for a while, it's game on, Tuesday July 6th
to 10-10-10, who hits 210 first. Dan will have details on Cubicle Dad on how to bet.
To get nutritional counseling or find out more about Beth click here or on her name above.