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Awesome Run and Breakfast

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2009 at 6:26 pm

3 Miles in 33 minutes and a great breakfast.  Had a smoothie with protein mix, 1 banana, 3 cups of  spinach, 1 1/2 cups black, blue, and other berries, 1 1/2 cups strawberries, 1 tsp bee pollen, and 18 bitter almonds (for the b15 and b17)  On top of that I had three eggs, half a cup of salsa and oatmeal.  I mix all of those up and eat them from a mini cast iron skillet.  I know that’s not appitizing for probably anyone but me, but I love it.  It’s eggs and a grain and salsa.  It’s just a different kind of grain than you’re used to mixing with salsa.  So what.  It’s delicious.  All together its 900 calories.  The run at my weight is -500 calories.  that puts me at 400 calories at noon.  I can eat another 1500-2000 calories and still be at a pace to loose just under 3 lbs. this week.  I can’t wait until I’m running 9 minute miles at this altitude.  If I can do that by the end of September I can probably make the LA Marathon this year. 

I’m down to 242 for the third time.  I’m going to make a graph in excel and start posting it on a regular basis here.


The Payoff

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2009 at 11:52 pm

This was the hardest week so far because the scale said I was gaining weight.  A week ago I was 242lbs.  This morning I’m up to 244.5.  But, I took off over two minutes from my running pace in just a week.  I’ve gained 2.5 lbs. of muscle in my legs.  My belt is looser even though I gained weight on the scale.  Last week I ran four miles at a pace of 13.56 minutes/mile.  This morning I ran four miles in only 11.5 minutes/mile. 

When I run by the beach, near sea level altitued I should find that I can run six miles in under an hour.  I’ll predict that by this time next month I’ll be very close to running 6 miles at 8000 feet in under an hour as well. 

I came close to giving up this week, yet now I feel better than I have for years.  I’ve got to keep this victory in my mind next time I feel like giving up.

Four miles and 5000 calories later…

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2009 at 6:55 am

Okay, so much for loosing weight today.  Mash potatos got me.  I ate about two cups of julian-cut string beans with it though.  Does that help? 

Oh, my third grade crush, who I’ve been avoiding getting together with for about eight months is coming to my home town and is so excited to spend “even just an hour” with me.  That’s going to be four weeks from now. 

She likes me a lot and is also super competitive.  Doesn’t take much imagination to figure out how this could go.

Why do we stop execise programs?

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2009 at 1:49 am

A few months ago I started running every day.  Then I began feeling the stress from a project that I had procrastinated on.  I have a couple of businesses and I’m somewhat ambitious, but I’m also a tard when it comes to paperwork.  So even if I had to work 10 hours a day on this program, which I assure you I did not, why couldn’t I run first?  I’d have certainly felt better.

I had a big project this week.  I had to take Tuesday off to recover from all the miles last weekend.  So, this time I just missed two days.  Hm, it felt like a log more than two days.  That’s probably a very good development.  Anyway, I so didn’t want to run this morning.  I had to force myself.  This so easily could have turned into weeks of not running. 

Of course it felt great.  I’ve built up enough stamina that I can actually run well for four miles at a high altitude and feel great.  Now all I have to work on is speed.  It felt great physically for the rest of the day and felt great psychologically too.  Why would I feel like stopping and not have this be part of my life for weeks or months?

Pushing through

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Two things kill me at work.  Graphics and layout work and data entry.  Luckily neither of these are part of my regular work.  But that’s all I’m doing this week.  If I made a certain amount of money for completeing these tasks that would probably lighten my spirits, add to this that my weight went up on the scale this week and I really don’t feel motivated to eat right or exercise.

The upsides are this.  My belt is on the same notch and I feel a little more comfortable in my clothes.  This is some evidence that the weight gain was in the muscles of my legs not my gut, from running so much over the weekend.

The other is that I don’t feel like pigging out because I like the way I feel when I’m not full of greasy garbage.  I’m still making smoothies which give me a feeling of well being–that sounds so new age.

248 what happened!

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm

My weight shot way up after a weekend of tough work outs.  My legs feel thicker, heavier. I used to run extensively up until three years ago.  I’ve heard of such a thing as muscle memory-muscle that was there grows back quickly.  Could it be that?  My jeans are still loose, I’m still on the same belt notch.  Oh well.  Will continue being careful and see what happens.

Up to 246, Recovery Day

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Jumped on the scale this morning and sure enough.  I’m back up to 246.  My legs have been very sore and I pushed hard and ran over 14 miles over the weekend.  My hope is that this is the most weight I’ll gain from bringing my level of running back up from nothing.  Still I want to see the weight on the scale under 240 soon. 

Tuesday mornings I eat breakfast with friends and I try to eat normally when I eat out, but, this morning, I had a bowl of oats while everyone else enjoyed the standard bacon or sausage, eggs, toast, and potatos of some kind meal.  I’ll be resting my legs for at least two days, maybe three, and want to see the weight back down to 241 by the weekend.  There shouldn’t be any more weight gain due to muscle until I start lifting weights in October or November.  Nothing too exciting here today.

Two Days at the Beach

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I’ve run another ten miles since my last post on Saturday morning.  six miles in one hour and five minutes.  That’s a 10:54 minute pace for the six mile run, then a four mile run that I couldn’t measure this morning.  When I left I was at 242lbs.  Between the slight inflamation of my legs from all the running and some biking and swimming and the fact that I visited a place near Pasadena called the Boat with some old friends from my high school days, I have no idea how much my morning weight will be tomorrow.  I can say that I’m planning on taking tomorrow off as far as exercise for the sake of recovery.

I believe that I’m at the point where I’m somewhat conditioned as far as running hard.  I’m still too heavy to be running for my joints but I believe the loss over the next couple of months before winter hits will be fast enough not to do any long term damage.

Good Morning 242!

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm

jaug1I forced myself to get on the scale today after a few days of not running and one day of not dieting at all.  Nice to see I’m were I’m supposed to be on my excel forcast chart.  I think I am anyway, now I’ve got to go check.  I’m a little concerned that the loss in weight might be from a reduction in swelling from not having run the past few days. 

Running and dieting and even getting on the scale daily requires some emotion, some enthusiasm and fight.  I can even get excited about loosing weight when the numbers on the scale jump up a little.  I’ll be more strict that day and run a little further.  However stress from work, finances can quash that enthusiasm.  I’ve got two businesses.  One is dipping and the other isn’t making as much as it used to because I was focusing on the other for the last three months because it was doing so well. 

So, when the scale showed me two pounds heavier than I should have been, I just didn’t have the strenght to fight it, let alone run.  All these things are tied together though.  My weight and my appearance affect my business.  About a month ago I met with a major client and his friend at a vacation condo near by.  I just don’t fit in with them.  I’m no saint, but I just can’t get excited about porn or strippers or peeing in someone else’s ice chest at a football game.   Anyway, I wonder if our lack of rapport has resulted in my getting less work this month.  If it has I guess that means I substitute teach for a few months to make up for it.  But, I really love the freedom I have working independently.

My guess is, that if I stay on track for a few days and get into the 230’s that could give me the rush I need to focus on my other source of income, and maybe even feel better about subbing if I have to.  In turn, feeling better about those things will help keep my enthusiasm up about loosing weight and exercising.

Later I did go for a four mile run.  Lots of steep hills; steep enough that you’d have to brace your steps on the way back down.  Total time from my house to the CT trail and back was 56:50 with 13:56min. miles. total distance 4.07

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2009 at 3:50 am