Sunday, April 5, 2009
Back on Target
Wow, my last post was a real downer. I am doing much, much better. I think that I do have some form of S.A.D. Anyhow, I didn't eat quite as healthy during that time. I kept up my running, but was not enthused. If I hadn't signed up for the marathon, I might have stopped running. I think it all fed off each other in a downward spiral of feeling down, poorer eating, and less exercise. I did gain a little bit of weight which also played into the whole mix.
I think I am back on track now. Again, I have signing up for the marathon to thank. I looked at how little time between now and Memorial Day weekend there was to get ready. I thought about how best to use the little time left to get ready especially in light of my flagging enthusiasm for running. I came to the conclusion that losing as much weight as possible by the end of April would be the best thing I could do. Less weight means less wear and tear on the body. In turn, that means more endurance.
In order to lose the weight fast (not my normal modus opeerandi), I have done what I refused to do from the beginning of my journey of fitness; I am counting calories. The first week, I ate 1200 calories a day. The second week which ends today, I have eaten 1500 calories a day. The next 2 weeks will be 1800 calories. The final week will be 2000 calories a day.
In addition, I will make sure that I do 1-2 hours of cardio each day. Also, I started lifting weights again. On March 30, I weighed 237. This morning I weighed 231. I am shooting to weigh 215 by marathon day.
The reason I am not restricting my calories in May is because I don't want to risk losing muscle during my hardest training days. I don't plan to go wild. I will just eat sensible as I have most of the time during my journey of fitness.
I am not sure if my plan makes any sense, but there it is. I guess time will only tell if it works.
Thanks everyone for your encouraging words.
"If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else."
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