When I started working with Andrew I wasn’t beginning a dramatic weight loss journey or looking to drastically change my nutrition habits. I entered the world of fitness about five years before I met Andrew, and in that time ran a marathon along with many other running events, took up bodybuilding and placed in multiple figure competitions, and raced in dozens of triathlons of all distances, from sprints to four half-Ironmans and one full Ironman. I was no stranger to the impact of nutrition on performance, body weight, health, and general well-being. But sometimes there is a gap–and for me, a pretty big one–between “knowing” what’s right and practicing it. People often assume I can eat whatever and however much I wanted since I would just burn it off later. But I excel when it comes to “looking” fit rather than living healthy and fueling for specific needs. Even after years of leaving the bodybuilding lifestyle for an endurance one, I was stuck in an unhealthy pattern of restriction followed by epic rounds of “cheat meals” that had everything to do with habit and nothing to do with the type of fueling I needed to be successful in the sport of triathlon. My binges also left me feeling guilty, sluggish, and constantly “starting over again” with another round of restricted eating. I relied on my training rather than my diet when it came time to think about my race weight. My habits were so ingrained that I never considered any other options.
That’s where an expert like Andrew Dole can step in and assess unhealthy patterns, offer knowledgeable support, and suggest adjustments that promote balance. What Andrew gave me may seem simple, but for me it was profound: he motivated me to reassess my habits and understand how simple adjustments could make big impacts on my athletic performance and my well-being. Andrew provided an objective, informed perspective on my nutrition and goals that was always backed by science and research. He set manageable guidelines for me to follow and worked with me to leave behind eating habits that did nothing but set me back. Andrew also outlined training and race day fueling strategies for me to follow that have become staples of my training.
With Andrew’s help, I entered the 2016 triathlon season at my lightest and leanest race weight yet, and with a much better sense of how to fuel my body for both race success and general health. I ended my triathlon season with two big overall wins, including winning the Boulder Sunset sprint triathlon. Did binging less on entire pizzas and generally feeling mentally and physically better about my nutrition choices help me win the race? It certainly didn’t hurt! But more importantly, I learned there is no reason not to enjoy both healthy foods and treats, and that going overboard on cheat meals is just as unenjoyable and pointless as enforced restriction. There’s a smart way to fuel the body, and Andrew is my link between knowing that and practicing it.
*Andrew BFSPN – Even the fittest athletes can make giant nutrition gains. Another example of BodyFuel nutrition + consistent coaching + dedicated athlete