On my 44th birthday I signed up for a Sprint Triathlon race (750 yd swim, 13 mile bike ride and 5K run) as motivation to workout consistently. Like a lot of men, I had a busy career working extra hours, a family and sporadic exercise, often pushed to the weekends.
At 5-11 and 175lbs, I wasn’t that overweight, but I felt like the Pillsbury Doughboy, soft and pudgy. All the tricks I used when I was in my 30’s to drop the weight no longer worked. I just couldn’t lose those last 10 pounds. I avoided sugary treats, had several servings of fruits and vegetables each day, tried to boost my exercise, but nothing worked.
I remember attending a triathlon workshop for first timers and thought, “I can do this.” Instead of driving to work everyday, I started riding my bicycle the 10 miles each way 2 days a week. The other days, I would go for a walk/run or swim. I lost about 5 pounds during the 2 1/2 months of training.
I’ll never forget that first race. I finished in 1 hour, 45 minutes and was hooked! The event was so much fun, but after the high wore off, I was exhausted for the rest of day. And sore for the next 3 days.
I’m now 51 and have competed in more than a dozen triathlons since that first race. My weight fluctuated between 170-175 lbs, no matter how much I exercised or how well I ate, until 2 years ago when I made the decision to go vegetarian.
Like many of us, I thought I needed animal protein to maintain muscle, but after watching the movie Forks Over Knives, I was convinced that wasn’t true. I went on our 14 Day Detox Program after reading John Keefe’s story, figuring I could use a good “clean out” and dropped 5 pounds without even trying.
More significantly, I noticed I wasn’t as tired as I used to be. I could exercise harder and recover faster.
Eliminating animal protein, especially whey protein powder in my morning smoothie, made a BIG improvement in my life by lowering the inflammation I didn’t even know I was carrying around with me.
In the winter I do Tony Horton’s P90X full body workout program to rebuild muscle that I lose in the summer from the extra riding and running I do. In March, I decided to try Boost Testosterone to see if I could gain muscle mass and reduce body fat. I was hearing advertisements on the radio about Low Testosterone and the symptoms of it, and thought I’d give it a try.
I wasn’t expecting much, but boy was I pleasantly surprised! I noticed within a few days that I felt stronger. After just a week, my reps increased and in my 2nd week, I was lifting heavier weight, yet I wasn’t sore at all. And as a side benefit, my libido was climbing off the charts!
On top of all of the physical benefits, the icing on the cake was noticing my hair seemed less gray than it had been. My hair was actually un-graying!
It’s been almost 5 months (BTW, still the same tube of Boost Testosterone), and I’ve noticed I recover from workouts almost immediately.
In mid-July, I participated in a 120 mile bike ride called the Triple Bypass, starting in Evergreen, CO (just outside of Denver) climbing up over 3 mountain passes and finishing outside Vail, CO. I was tired when I finished 11 hours later, but I wasn’t wiped out. In fact, the next day I went for a 30 mile ride to “loosen up”. And the day after that, I went for a 5 mile run.
I expected to be sore, but I wasn’t at all!
Two weeks later I had a triathlon race, finishing in 1:28 and I wasn’t even tired afterwards. It felt just like any other Sunday – a far cry from my first race 7 years ago.
In the past month, the fat has started to just fall off my waist. I don’t know if it is because my testosterone has finally increased to the proper level, but I’ve added DIM to my hormone balance routine and I’ve finally lost those stubborn love handles!
At 51, I’m in the best shape of my life and I love it! I can run circles around my teenage kids, and I remember when I was their age, it was the other way around.
I’m excited and looking forward to 61!
President, Ask Dr Garland
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