My Drug: Fitness
Its been a little over a year since my ankle fracture. As many of you know, it was nearly 6 months after the surgery until I could place my full weight on it. By this time, and to no surprise, I gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of muscle, especially in my right leg.
Although the timing was coincidental, by late December I felt that I was ready to start working out and eating healthier to get my weight back down. I wanted to get back to 180 lbs., a weight I haven’t seen since pre-2008.
When I returned back to Seattle, I wanted to track my progress through pictures.
To make a long story short, over the next 6 months this was my plan:
- Joined Seattle Boxing Studio (check out my Yelp view too)
- Restarted the “Slow Carb” diet from Tim Feriss’ The 4-Hour Body
This was my second time implementing the slow carb diet, and here it is:
- Avoid “white” carbs
- Eat the same few meals over and over again
- Don’t drink calories
- Take one day off per week
for more details, go here.
I wasn’t 100% true to the diet, but for the most part I did follow the rules. However, I did work out constantly, almost 4-5 days a week for months! Looking at weight is a bad metric to measure success, but since I can’t calculate % body fat it’s the only metric I can use aside from how I look and feel. Today, I now weigh 184 lbs.
Although I lost a good amount of weight, I still feel limited because of my ankle. Traditionally, my legs are the strongest part of my body. However, I have a difficult time doing “explosive” workouts such as sprints, box jumps, etc. Due to this, my cardio and leg strength/endurance isn’t where I’d like.