The last time we heard from Andrew Staton he had lost more than 140 pounds, put one Ironman triathlon under his belt, and was logging 9 hours of cardio and an hour of weight training a week—even after being a heavy guy all of his life!
An Ironman is no easy task—but neither is weight maintenance. So, we caught up with Andrew almost 4 years later to see if he had managed to stay fit.
Where He Stands Now
Andrew currently weighs 167 pounds—6 pounds lighter than he weighed 4 years ago!
How He Kept It Off
“I wake up every single morning and think ‘what am I going to do today to prevent weight gain?’” explains Andrew.
Andrew thinks goals are the key to weight maintenance. “I always make sure I’m striving towards a new fitness goal,” he explains. “Since the article, I’ve done 15 marathons and five Ironman triathlons—and I want to do my first 100 mile trail race this summer.”
That’s not to say it wasn’t a struggle. “I had a foot injury and couldn’t run for over a month. It really tore me up,” he says. But that just meant it was time for another goal, like starting a nonprofit organization working to prevent childhood obesity. “It doesn’t need to be a fitness goal, but it needs to put health, fitness, or nutrition at the front of your mind.”
His Method of Maintenance
“I modified my training into a CrossFit model,” he says. “When I took a break from my triathlons, I needed another way to mix it up.” He stuck with CrossFit over the years because he prefers the vigorous, varied nature of the workouts. Some days he does squats and presses and other days, a run with pullups, squats, and pushups—totaling 3 hours of running and 3 hours of CrossFit per week. “It’s perfect because I never know what it’s going to be.”
As for the diet: It changes with his training schedule. But he knows he can’t drop the ball. “In general I’ll eat a high protein breakfast with protein pancakes, cottage cheese, and eggs, and a high protein lunch—like a turkey burger. For dinner, I’ll usually have a salad. I know I’ll gain the weight back if I don’t!”