On Fitness

At the end of 2014 I had just undergone my first real surgery (gallbladder removal) and I used to weight around 182 pounds by the time I left the hospital. I don’t know what happened in the next few months, but by the time I really started looking to realize I gained weight, I was at 205 and in denial. Andy and Craig mentioned several times just how much weight I had gained. I let it keep going for a little while longer and then one day, out of absolutely nowhere, I just started running.

I don’t know if you have ever decided to just “try” and go out running, but it’s by far one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. To see just how little you can do in the beginning is disappointing and downright embarrassing. The pace you go, how heavy you feel and just the amount of noise you make trying to gasp for more air is terrible. The hot and humid South Florida weather didn’t help either. I could have let all of that stop me and just give up. I, however, did the exact opposite.


I didn’t care how much I ran, as long as I went out and did it. In the first few weeks I used to run nothing but a quarter mile. After being able to run more than half a mile in a row, I amped it up and just ran 1 whole mile. I waited until I was able to run a mile in under 12 minutes until I amped it up and started running 2 miles. Over the weeks I started seeing some really great progress and I made a promise to myself that I would be able to run 5 miles a day by the end of the year. And I did it. January 30th, 2015 I completed my 500th mile. My Nike+ log is actually very awesome to look at.

In those few months I lost a little over 40 pounds (I’m at around 163 right now) and have started my next fitness goal – to gain some muscle mass. I gave up on the gym after not being able to find a decent workout routine, and started doing Crossfit instead. So far so good. Even though everyone at Crossfit is doing a lot more than I can, it’s a great feeling to know you’re able to do the workouts and to know that you will gain results.

The secret to fitness is rather simple – go out there and try. You will definitely feel like a failure in the first couple of weeks, but if you truly stick to it, you will see incredible results – no matter how little you’re doing. Because at the end of the day, no matter how little you’re doing, you’re still lapping everyone sitting on the couch.


Quick thoughts:

Keep track of progress. Take pictures, measure your arms, legs, etc. My biggest regret is not taking more pictures and having more data on the whole weight losing journey.

The hardest part of all is mastering your diet. Although I wish I could say I have a perfect diet, I’m very far from it. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to make a follow up post on how to properly diet.

If you want to see my full Nike+ log to see how I increased / decreased my paces, email me. I’ll send you a list of all the runs that Nike+ allows me to export.

About Raphael Caixeta
I've been programming ever since I was 13, learning Visual Basic. After a while, Visual Basic got really boring. A friend of mine started learning PHP and showed me some cool little sites he was making. I started learning PHP the weekend after. 4 years later, I'm was able to create amazing websites using PHP, MySQL and jQuery. I started iPhone development a few months after the SDK was out, and that's how I became an app developer.