# I Went From Being 30 Lbs...
- Author: [[@andymewborn on Twitter]]
- Full Title: I Went From Being 30 Lbs...
- Category: #tweets
- URL: https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581850279415808
- I went from being 30 lbs overweight to an Ironman after 4 months of training.
I'm going to tell you the 9 main tricks here so you don't waste a day listening to bogus fitness advice. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581850279415808))
- First things, first:
Why the hell did I sign up for this?
• a 2.5-mile swim
• 120 miles bike ride
• Then 26.2-mile run
All in under 16 hours.
Well... I felt fat. I was having a baby in a month. And I wanted to set a good example as a dad for my newborn.
Onward papi... ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581853114757122))
- 1/ Diet is everything
Big surprise huh?
All I ate for months was the following:
• More electrolytes
And... the occasional Chick-fil-A LFG ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581855782309889))
- 2/ Stretch
I stretched for at least 30 min/day.
• prevent injuries
• make you run faster
• helps with recovery
And if I didn't stretch coach would be mad. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581858512826369))
- 3/ Electrolytes
I was going pee at least 10X/day.
You have to hydrate before AND after a workout.
And the more water you drink... the less food you wanna eat.
Very underrated tactic for my fellow dads with a big appetite. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581861369122820))
- 4/ Zone 2 Training
Most people think you are Usain Bolt sprinting for every training.
You are always looking to stay in a Zone 2 heart rate for hours at a time.
Think of it as a heavy power walk uphill heart rate. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581864061865984))
- 5/ Get a coach
I had 4 months.
There was no time to play.
I wanted to prevent myself from getting hurt.
And to 10X anything you do... accountability is always the secret.
Coach even thought I was crazy... but said it's possible if my head was in the right place. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581867052187648))
- 6/ Sleep
The best thing for muscle recovery?
Get 8 hours every night.
I happened to have a baby right in the middle of this training... LOL
But lucky for me his first 3 months he slept through the night. Blessssed. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581869971652608))
- 7/ Massage 1x per week
Again, super helpful for recovery.
Also never hurts to have an excuse for a massage.
This could get pricey... so if you are on a budget I recommend getting some leg compression things.
Or if your partner is up for it... ask them. Ha! ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581872718909443))
- 8/ Mindset
Not feeling running that day? Walk.
Not feeling swimming? Doggy paddle.
Not feeling a bike ride? Do an indoor one.
The important part is keeping up with the habit and the movement. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581875793354752))
- 9/ Find your rituals
5 hours into a bike ride you'll want stop.
So I'd repeat to myself:
"Stop listening to yourself. Start talking to yourself"
This ritual got me affirming I am basically the sh*t!
Try different rituals and see what works for you. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581878561599489))
- And that's a wrap papi!
1/ Diet is everything
4/ Zone 2 training
5/ Get a coach
6/ Sleep 8 hours
7/ Massage 1x/week
9/ Find your rituals
It's going to challenge you.
But challenges is where growth happens. ([View Tweet](https://twitter.com/andymewborn/status/1630581881400881153))
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