Quest for a Superbod: BLC Chronicles

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I am a weight loss veteran. I have lost weight for many reasons:

(a) Vanity. I wanted to look good for the dating scene.
(b) Health. High blood was giving me neck aches and causing me to be grouchy.
(c) Money. I wanted to win a weight-loss wager with a friend

Normally I win my weight loss battles. I just let go of my weight concerns once the original motivation has gone. This time I am losing weight for Performance (athletic performance you green mind!)

I want a Superbod not because it is eye candy and picture-friendly, but because I want to swim, bike and run faster. I do not want a dumbbell-pressed, machined-crunched, creatinine-induced biceps, abdominals and pectorals that are good only for posing and preening on the beach. I want, need, seek muscles that will bring me closer to my half-ironman dream.

Biggest Loser Contest Season 2 (Battle of the Abs) was conceived out of this vision. This time, we do not only want to lose weight. We also want to encourage lean muscle mass. Muscles that actually help us perform better. The Biggest Loser is the one who has the biggest combined drop in weight and/or body fat percentage. For Season 2, I will contend with these people:

                       Natz(L)                              Jet(C)                              RJ (R)

                         Junar(L)                          Angel(C)                      Topher(R)

                       Carlo(L)                            Jan(C)                          Tracy(R)

                                           Izie                              Marga

                                   Ronald                                         Sid

So how am I doing in my quest to be a Superbod?

I lost a couple of pounds already. But I am really pumped up by this Sub-Rico Challenge: Beat Rico in BLC 2 and win Php500! Sorry this is for BLC 2 participants only. But you can always try to beat me vicariously. BLC bandits my cheapskate (frugal daw) friends call it. Haha. I am not yet at that income level where I can offer this to everyone! I suppose this challenge is a win-win proposition for us BLC participants. I badly need to win (or at least do well) to avoid being debt-ridden.

I have approached BLC with a three-pronged strategy. When I think BLC I see RED. Rest, Exercise and Diet. In the past I lost weight mostly by running my ass and belly off. I supplemented it with dieting, but I exercised myself to exhaustion mostly. Problem with this is that it is Pyrrhic victory – I lose weight but I burn out in the end. Burn out is also an issue I have with dieting. After feasting on oatmeal you tire out eventually.

BLC, BLC , BLC. How do I win and not burn out in the process? Just like in marathons, the key I discovered is in even pacing. I exercise hard and diet seriously, but not to the point I puke out from difficulty. Rest – physical and mental – is something I have learned to value. I have tried successive hard or long runs, but the weight scale would not budge down. I invested hours in sweating it out, but that robbed my body of the time to recover. Under duress, my body protected itself, converted to fat whatever little food I fed it, and gave me lingering muscle tightness. Stupid, counter-productive exercise. I gave myself two days of rest a week and the weight scale cooperated. Now we’re talking. The two rest days, consider them as my Galloway walk breaks ;-)

I started calorie monitoring via Daily Burn, long enough to be familiar with the calorie counts of my usual diet, and short enough for me to realize that my restricted diet is still not enough to create a calorific deficit necessary for weight loss. They say that if exercise is king, diet is the queen. True, very true. I can still change my diet and accelerate the weight loss process, but I resolved to do it the sustainable way. I substituted refined carbs like rice and bread with natural sugars and healthy fats in fruits. On training sessions I munch on monggo hopia, lotus seed mooncake, or granola bars. I feasted on fibers and vegetables to feel full. I increased my protein intake a beat. More fish, yoghurt and soya products to repair the muscles I routinely tear down as I attempt to speed up.

Five more weeks till BLC 2 finals (Mar 28). I am banking on my EQ, negative split and strong finish to claim the title. I have trimmed down enough to muster the courage to buy myself a tri-suit. I considered wearing it in Century Tuna Superbods, but propriety prevailed over me. Maybe I can don it on the Ateneo Aquathlon.

Tri-suit...a month back I wanted to lose weight simply to fit into one.
Tri-suit... I look at it now thinking of what I can be and what I hope to become:
A Superbod. Abs that slice through waters, V-shaped back that can withstand a 90-km bike ride, and quadriceps that permit a sprint with a smile to the finish line.


Run Kick Smash February 23, 2010 at 2:57 AM  

Goodluck sir Rico. When all else fails, our strong heart will push us through! :D


tracy c. February 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

Naks, congrats, Rico! :-) No wonder you're getting faster and stronger with running. BLC helps! :-)
Thanks for sharing that RED tip. :-)

Ironman, here comes Sheerwill! :-)

Rico Villanueva February 23, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

Hey Sid, right now R.E.D is working. But true, the heart will push us through. Todo na ito!

Yup, BLC helps. Thanks for pacing me in the last run. Let's try to aim for PR in the Globe Run. Then we can further show that BLC really works :-)

:) February 23, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

Good luck! your determination is inspiring. You can do it!

Let Guieb February 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM  

You can do it Rico, you have all the motivation to do so. We will be waiting or your superbod and for those abs. ;)

gerard February 23, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

BLC has taken you a long long way Rix! Great work on losing all the weight!

I have to admit, you look great!! laglag panty na mga girls sayo ;) (in a non-gay/queer way)

Gingerbreadman February 23, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

Rix, payat mo last time I saw you. Panalo tong line na to - Vanity. I wanted to look good for the dating scene. WOHOOO! Actually, I had the same motivation before as a 200 pounder hehe :D Keep it up bud, and soon you'll be back to your old career as a commercial model :P :P

Nathaniel February 23, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

I think I'm losing already. I just ate Snickers again this afternoon.


Rico Villanueva February 23, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

Hi Joy, glad you appreciate the post. Thanks.

Let, kailangan talagang lumabas ang abs? Pressure ito ah. Haha.

Ge, mas malaki pa rin ang pinayat mo. Di pa tapos ang weight loss duel natin. Haha. Natawa rin ako sa last line mo, but thanks. Haha.

Luis, are we all vain? Haha. Commercial model? Yay! Hahaha =)

runningpinoy February 23, 2010 at 6:15 PM  

Looking good Rico! Keep it up! That "superbod" you're seeking is just around the corner! :D

Ian February 23, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

Looking good bro! With the way you're training. I'm sure you'll be ripped come August D-day.. Heard you had your Half marathon PR @ Superbod run.. congrats!

ronald February 24, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

talo na ata ako sa BLC...

...wala kasi akong tri suit!


Anonymous February 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM  

nice Rico. . . pang PERFORMANCE level ka na ha . . . (i mean the green perfomance) hahahaha

i'll be back on my diet after BDM. . .

good luck to all!


Rico Villanueva February 24, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

Hey Natz, paminsan-minsan lang ang Snickers. You are a weight loss champion yourself, so I'm counting on you to spur us all to lose more!

Thanks Dens. Actually my photo there is the Initial Weigh-in Photo. I lost a couple of pounds na after that :-)

Ian, me ripped? Hopefully my body won't cause my tri-suit to be ripped off. Yeah, I did a PR on Century Run....finally!!! haha

Ronald, haha. Sa dami mong shoes, gadgets and gear, wala pang tri-suit doon? Bili na! Haha.

DocT!!!! I have always Performed well. Haha. Wag masyadong kumain sa Bataan, ha?

rachel February 24, 2010 at 3:18 PM  

Hey Mr. RicoV! wow, you're really so focused. Go go go (fats and pounds). I like your mention of King E and Queen D. So true, the two should always go together. Just like love and marriage.. go together like a horse and carriage.. (uh-oh, just revealed my age)

Jan February 25, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

Way to go Rico! Good luck to us!

truman February 25, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

happy calorie counting, rico! :) if you follow it by heart (and continue to exercise regularly), you're a sure winner! :D best of luck!

jetpaiso February 26, 2010 at 12:01 AM  

sub-rico! sub-rico! sub-rico! hehehe

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