Chris Lawrence: Soon-to-be Triathlete
I have always loved to ride my bike, however my weight often restricted me from riding too frequently and for too long. Even though I cycled about 2 – 3 times per week, I was unable to really take any weight off of my body. From 2008 to 2013 my weight fluctuated between 250 and 274 pounds (my heaviest point being January 2013). I ate horribly and even though I was riding, I never lost weight.
The good news through all of this is that even though my weight was bad, the cycling allowed my heart to stay healthy. During the fall of 2012 I made a decision that it was time to get serious about losing weight. In January of 2013 I met with a new doctor and a nutritionist and put a plan in place to help me change my diet (and my life). I completely changed the way I ate, what I ate, and how I ate. With the help of the nutritionist, I was able to discover foods that I had never even tried before.
My transformation began on January 5, 2013 when I weighed in at 274 pounds during my first visit with the nutritionist. We started by plotting out a plan that would set the wheels in motion (no pun intended) to begin my weight loss journey. The first step was a detox/cleanse which prepared my body for a new diet plan. From there, we instituted a 2200 calorie/day diet plan.
The rest was just execution. Part of that execution was riding, and lots of it. In 2012, even though I was 274 pounds, I still managed to log 340 miles on my bike. During my diet and weight-loss journey, I logged 900 miles in 2013. I also managed to increase my average speed from 15.5 mph to today’s mark of just over 19 mph. All of these stats were tracked within MapMyRide.
MapMyRide provided the extra motivation I needed. I was able to share my progress, my goals, and even compete in challenges against myself and other MapMyRide members. I was inspired to try new things – to ride further, faster, and longer. The social media aspect of MapMyRide was instrumental in helping me achieve my goals. Being able to share that information with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets only added to the motivation.
At my one-year anniversary, on January 5, 2014, my weight was 168 pounds. I have had a total weight loss of 104 pounds. On June 1, 2014 I will be competing in my first triathlon (a sprint, where I will be swimming 1.5 miles, biking 16 miles, and running 2.5 miles).
I could not have made the gains I did without the motivation and inspiration I found on your site! The image of me on the left is from August 2013, while the image on the right is from January 2013 – an 8 month difference.
Thank you for creating and maintaining a website and social media outlet that allows people to realize their potential while sharing it with others!