Alec’s 10 week accomplishments
• Lost 10 lbs and 1.5 inches off of his waist!
• Lowered his 10K time by 7 minutes!
• Increased his push-up and leg strength by 115%!
• Nearly doubled his core endurance!
Why did you start exercising?
As a management consultant, business travel is common during my work week, and I stay in hotels and run (sometimes literally) through a lot of airports. I was looking for a program that would work with my travel schedule, providing me with simple, yet effective exercises that can be done in most hotels and at home on the weekends. I did not want to be tied to a gym or a specific type of strength training machine. I had put on several pounds over the last few years, and my running ability had hit a plateau. I wanted to shed this weight, reduce my time in races, and increase my distance in running.
What is your current exercise routine?
I have a strength training routine that I complete 3 times per week, and it takes me about 30 minutes. The exercises are simple and only require a bench and a couple of dumb bells. In addition to strength training, I run 3 times per week, using a mix of distance and pace with a new PR as my target.
What keeps you motivated?
My family, and in particular, the memory of my daughter who died from heart failure at 18 months. Remembering her smiling face is all the motivation I need to push a bit harder.
How has working with NPPT helped with your success?
I have lost 10 pounds since starting the program, about a pound per week, which is a good pace for long-term weight management. Also I had a 10K PR of about 55 minutes and just completed a race in less than 48 minutes. NPPT has also given me some great insights on diet and caloric intake that have been a huge help in achieving these goals.
What are your long-term goals with health and fitness?
First, I want to set an example for my son that health and fitness are an important part of being a responsible person. Next, I want to continue to be an active, healthy, and happy husband for my wife. Lastly, I have specific fitness goals which are to continue to lower my PR in the 10K, work my way up to a half marathon, and maintain my weight and strength.
What other helpful tips have learned on your journey?
The “journey” has ups and downs. Some days, you will feel tired, unmotivated, or both, and your workout may suffer. Other days, you may eat more than you planned or indulge a bit at a meal. It is important to keep your eye on your goals and not to be too distracted by a couple of missteps.
What advice can you offer to others that are just beginning their exercise program?
Put the scale away. I did not measure my weight for the entire first 10 weeks of the program. Yet, I knew that I was making progress. I could see the difference in my clothes and feel myself improving. Your body weight will fluctuate with daily activities, which can create some frustrating and confusing messages. However, if you stay focused on the program, you will get the results.
Great job Alec!