Saturday, December 17, 2005

Renewed Low-Carb Runner Creates New Blog

There's a new reader of the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog and he just happened to lose over 100 pounds on the low-carb lifestyle.

His name is Michael Whitt, a computer programmer from Kentucky, and he found my blog via my profile page.

Michael has an amazing story about how he overcame his weight problem by livin' la vida low-carb from December 2003 through December 2004. He lost triple-digit weight then and started running, but fell off the bandwagon when he got in a mountain bike accident and his wife had a baby.

It's funny how life can throw a monkey wrench in your health and weight loss plans.

Anyway, Michael has gained back about 15 pounds and said my blog has helped him get back the spark to live the low-carb life again and help him "redouble my efforts and get back on track."

"I have been reading your site and got pumped again about losing some of this weight that I have gained back," he wrote in a message to me.

As a low-carb runner, Michael said the carb loading that is so often associated with runners is way overrated.

"I get tired of people saying that low-carb followers do not have energy to run and stuff like that," he noted. "I am a big runner, 5 & 10k runs, and I can for one tell you that I actually run better on low carbs than when I carb load."

I completely support a regular exercise routine as part of your low-carb lifestyle. In fact, studies have found you lose more fat on a low-carb/high-protein diet.

To help others in their own journey, Michael has created a new blog about his experiences with the low-carb lifestyle. It's called Low-Carb Runner and should be an excellent stop for people interested in what it is like low-carbing and exercising.

THANKS for doing this, Michael! We'll keep an eye on your blog from time to time!

Michael said he hopes he gets a copy of my book "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" as a stocking stuffer for Christmas. THANKS, Michael! I'll even autograph your copy if I ever make it to Kentucky on my book tour.

God bless you, my friend, and you are welcomed back here anytime.

12-18-05 UPDATE: Michael Whitt returned the favor and blogged about me today! Check it out!


Blogger The Low Carb Runner said...

Wow, thank you for the posting. It is an honor to be listed on your site. If you get down to Kentucky I will certainly have to look up you and get that autograph.

Recently I was speaking with someone about dieting and weight loss. They couldn't believe how much weight I lost and I said that's nothing. I have started reading a blog about a man that loss twice as much as me and he call's it Livin' La Vida Low-Carb.

As you mentioned I had an accident and the birth of a new baby to throw a wrench in my weight. But the great thing is once you have lost the weight before and kept it off for over a year, you know that it is possible to lose it again. But sometimes it takes another's dedication to renew your own. And thanks to this site I have that renewed dedicatation. Thanks Jimmy.

Also to your readers trust me if you are considering following Jimmy's advice about Livin' La Vida Low-Carb but worried you will not have energy to exercise or have fun. Don't worry, you will have more energy than you know what to do with.

I was 315lbs when I started running. I was worried about what people thought about big old fat me running. But you know what, I started finding that I had energy even at my size to often outrun people 150lbs lighter than me.

Last year I won a 2nd place trophy for my age group in a 5k race, and at the same race this year I won 1st place. And I was by far the biggest person there. Why do I mention this? Because I think people of weight do themselve's a diservice when they do not feel that they can compete against (Skinny) people. Don't let your weight hold you back from discovering the joys of running and exercise.

That being said, just because you run doesn't mean that you are going to lose weight unless you also address your diet as well. As mentioned I have backslid from the low-carb lifestyle over the past 6 months, and even though I have maintained a steady running routine for the most part (4 mile runs two-three times a week) I had stared to gain the weight back. So you should stick with a healthy low-carb diet along with your exercise routines to optimize your fat burning.

At anyrate, sorry to ramble. Jimmy's posting got me thinking about a couple of things worth mentioning. Anyway it is a pleasure to be listed on his blog, and I do hope you guys make it by mine. By the way I have waited posting a comment on this blog for the past couple weeks that I have read it. But after doing so I am so happy I did.

Jimmy is a great guy and posting comments can only help us support him and the great work he does. So if you are a lurker like I was... stop lurking and post a comment to let him know you appreciate all his work.

12/17/2005 11:47 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS, Michael! I welcome feedback from anyone at anytime. :)

12/19/2005 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Gary Dempster said...

I am also a "low carb" runner with a blog. I just ran a 19:52 5k last night, so if you're wondering if you have to sacrifice speed to eat low-carb, I hope that gives you your answer! I explain exactly how I fuel up for my runs in my blog. Great to see others moving on from "weight loss" to "athlete" like I did! - Gary

6/12/2008 9:14 PM  

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