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:

This was my second time implementing the slow carb diet, and here it is:

  1. Avoid “white” carbs
  2. Eat the same few meals over and over again
  3. Don’t drink calories
  4. 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.

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