1,000,000 meters done

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Tony Cook » November 9th, 2020, 2:22 pm

Castu wrote:
November 9th, 2020, 10:03 am
Tony Cook wrote:
July 9th, 2020, 3:52 am
Well done Castu. I’m closing in on my 1M and it will feel good to get there.
Fortunately I have never had a problem with weight, but always being active and not actually liking ‘bad’ food probably helps. That said during lockdown I have consumed more ‘bad’ calories than I did before - mainly from getting into baking cakes, and then you have to eat them!
Even with that the 65-70k a week on the rower has taken 3kg off my weight and I can see a fat reduction.
Anyway, we are all different and what you have achieved is amazing. It’s great that you enjoy the rowing and I look forward to hearing how you progress and where you are at 2M metres.
I completed the 2nd million meters last week (and on my way to #3 now) and rowing is still going well. Over the last month I have set PBs on all the distances I normally row, including sub- 2:00/500 pace on 5k and 30:00 minutes (2:00/500 was a big barrier of sorts) and sub 90 minute half-marathon.

Weight loss went well for a while and I lost down to 215lbs, but over the last 2 months I have been bouncing between 220lbs and 230lbs. My body has been craving more calories and my mind has not been strong enough to say no.

Good thing is that even when I have eaten more than I should I have not just started gaining weight again, so while it fluctuates some, it has stayed around 225lbs. Bad thing is that I still want to lose 45lbs more and have made no progress for months. So my short term goal is to sharpen my resolve, focus my mind and make a push to get to 200lbs.

Anyway, it is definitely not easy, and rowing a lot while eating low calories has not been possible for me. On the positive side when I have eaten to many calories rowing has felt a lot easier and has helped keep my weight fairly constant. I am working to find the right balance and keep pushing forward.
Good targets and mileage still. You’ve obviously got the habit now.
I am just coming up to my 2M metres now, so still behind you.
Maybe you have found your natural weight - of course only you now what weight and look you feel comfortable with - but you’re obviously rowing 70-80k a week and so burning calories and will have improved your fitness.
Good luck with whatever you chose to achieve, I am sure you will.
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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by DavidA » November 9th, 2020, 5:22 pm

Castu wrote:
November 9th, 2020, 10:03 am
Tony Cook wrote:
July 9th, 2020, 3:52 am
Well done Castu. I’m closing in on my 1M and it will feel good to get there.
Fortunately I have never had a problem with weight, but always being active and not actually liking ‘bad’ food probably helps. That said during lockdown I have consumed more ‘bad’ calories than I did before - mainly from getting into baking cakes, and then you have to eat them!
Even with that the 65-70k a week on the rower has taken 3kg off my weight and I can see a fat reduction.
Anyway, we are all different and what you have achieved is amazing. It’s great that you enjoy the rowing and I look forward to hearing how you progress and where you are at 2M metres.
I completed the 2nd million meters last week (and on my way to #3 now) and rowing is still going well. Over the last month I have set PBs on all the distances I normally row, including sub- 2:00/500 pace on 5k and 30:00 minutes (2:00/500 was a big barrier of sorts) and sub 90 minute half-marathon.

Weight loss went well for a while and I lost down to 215lbs, but over the last 2 months I have been bouncing between 220lbs and 230lbs. My body has been craving more calories and my mind has not been strong enough to say no.

Good thing is that even when I have eaten more than I should I have not just started gaining weight again, so while it fluctuates some, it has stayed around 225lbs. Bad thing is that I still want to lose 45lbs more and have made no progress for months. So my short term goal is to sharpen my resolve, focus my mind and make a push to get to 200lbs.

Anyway, it is definitely not easy, and rowing a lot while eating low calories has not been possible for me. On the positive side when I have eaten to many calories rowing has felt a lot easier and has helped keep my weight fairly constant. I am working to find the right balance and keep pushing forward.
Congratulations on the 2nd million meters, the PBs, and the weight loss!
Good luck with the continued fitness, and some more weight loss. I think the fact the you have been keeping the weight down is great.

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by xam217 » November 10th, 2020, 11:21 pm

Just wanted to jump in an say that’s amazing progress. I hope it’s going even better now!
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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by MiddleAgeCRISIS » November 14th, 2020, 7:11 pm

Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm
I reached a million meters today since I started rowing in February.
I was 400lbs on December 1 and decided to eat healthier and less to be supportive of my wife who had started dieing on her own. I figured I'd lose some weight but it was not my primary motivation.
Near the end of January I was down about 40lbs and decided to go all in, lose down to 170lbs and actually get healthy and on a spur of the moment, having never rowed before, I decided to get an erg. Quick internet research later and concept 2 was the obvious choice.
Since February 2 I have rowed a million meters and dropped another 100lbs. Still have 90lbs to go but wanted to share my milestone. Ordered the t shirt a size small so I can grow into it B)

(For those curious, my diet is a combination of OMAD, ADF, and some extended fasts mixed in. No real miracle cure, except that fasting gets easier as you get used to it. It is mainly just a huge reduction in calories with the hope/expectation that my BMR stays relatively normal because of relatively high calorie meals when I do eat.)
Well done that's a great effort and fantastic results. I've done 4,500,000 metres since April and lost 3 stone. I havent changed my diet but plan to do so Monday.

I dont row very quickly as im trying to avoid gaining muscle - have you considered measuring your heart rate to see how your heart is performing?

Ive kept my heart rate intensity low and its really helped my endurance.

Well done again!

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by mict450 » November 14th, 2020, 7:23 pm

MAC, 4.5 mill meters & 42 Yank pounds!! Good for you!! Mazel tov!
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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by MiddleAgeCRISIS » November 15th, 2020, 8:12 pm

mict450 wrote:
November 14th, 2020, 7:23 pm
MAC, 4.5 mill meters & 42 Yank pounds!! Good for you!! Mazel tov!
Thank you. It has been mentally and physically challenging. hopefully aim to complete the season at this level.

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by ZKRING » January 9th, 2021, 10:24 am

Congratulations, your history helps us to keep improving

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Tsnor » January 9th, 2021, 7:23 pm

Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm
... Near the end of January I was down about 40lbs ... Since February 2 I have rowed a million meters and dropped another 100lbs. Still have 90lbs to go but wanted to share my milestone. ... It is mainly just a huge reduction in calories with the hope/expectation that my BMR stays relatively normal because of relatively high calorie meals when I do eat.)
Outstanding ! You have proven you have the will power to do anything you want.

140 lbs in year is way more than most exercise/diet programs envision -- they talk about a pound or two a week. Now that you are getting closer to your goal you plan to taper back the rate you are losing weight?

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Castu » January 14th, 2021, 12:30 am

Tsnor wrote:
January 9th, 2021, 7:23 pm
Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm
... Near the end of January I was down about 40lbs ... Since February 2 I have rowed a million meters and dropped another 100lbs. Still have 90lbs to go but wanted to share my milestone. ... It is mainly just a huge reduction in calories with the hope/expectation that my BMR stays relatively normal because of relatively high calorie meals when I do eat.)
Outstanding ! You have proven you have the will power to do anything you want.

140 lbs in year is way more than most exercise/diet programs envision -- they talk about a pound or two a week. Now that you are getting closer to your goal you plan to taper back the rate you are losing weight?
I didn't plan to slow down until actually reaching my goal but it has happened anyway. In part because of the holidays and in part because staying on a calorie deficit has become harder.
The good news is that even though I have failed at following as strict a diet with frequent fasting days i have stayed relatively stable in weight, hovering around 235. And secondly, i am still rowing daily, setting new PBs once in a while and still feeling better than i have in years.

So, for now, i am ok with letting my body get used to this weight and then push to lose the rest over the next year, hopefully. I want to lose more weight to make hiking and cycling easier. But i am feeling ok at the moment so not in as big a rush as i was before.

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