Monday, August 9, 2010

Who Wants Some CAKE?

It's late.

I am in a bit of shock, so this will be brief (you're welcome!),

My eating has been insanely disciplined in terms of staying at or under 1,700 calories. 

I went for a run tonight after neighborhood 5K route.  I told Mrs. Clyde and the kids that I was going for my fastest time.  And I crushed it.  Previous record: 37:06 last weekend.  Tonight?  35:30! 

Oh, and then, I rode my bike to a night meeting and back...4 miles!

My goal for Saturday's weigh-in is 285...I am betting on 283 now.  We'll see.

If you are at all reading this and have that mixture of kindness and hatred for my "in-the-zone" state that I am in, I understand.  I could guess as to how this switch gets turned on and off, but I would just be guessing.  While here in this magic place of motivation, I am going to make the most of it. 

And if you are not in that place, but want to be, please consider this:
  • 10 days ago, I weighed 5 pounds more than I do today and my motivation was missing.
  • When I went out for my run last Thursday, I kept thinking "I'm too tired.  I just ate dinner.  It is too hot outside."  But like Madame Cur recently commented:   Enjoy "the zone"! I wasn't there today, but I ran any way. Guess I can fake it.  That run became my personal record...until tonight!
  • Try following my little motto for this site:  Commit.  Train.  Results.  I have some 5K races that I signed up for this fall and a huge cycling race.  I've committed to certain goals, so now I must train for them.  And the results are really showing.  This strategy just happened spontaneously, but it is working for me and I am very grateful.
I want to know your specific goals or commitments that help keep you focused.  What are you working for?  A race?  A new low weight?  Do you have a timeline?  Please leave a comment and let us know. 

Keep moving, everyone!



William Hanson said...

Congrats on getting into that majical place... and best of luck in staying there as long as you can. And good luck with your weigh in.

I don't have anything that I'm training for at the moment. I know that helps to keep people motivated, but I haven't made that jump to commit to a race or anything. My end goal is to get my weight down to 220 and at this point I don't have a timeline. I'm just going week by week and it seems to be working well so far.

CactusFreek said...

Awesome job on breaking your best! People shouldn't be jealous of you being in the zone. It comes and goes for everyone. And you really SHOULD take advantage while it's there.
Good job!

Matty O said...

HUGE GAIN! Man, you are doing awesome!

I told you stick with it and the gains will come, just gotta remember you will have bad days.

My motivation is improvement. I want to know just what my body is capable of. I am surprising myself with my fitness and my own gains. So I keep pushing the bar a little further each time.

Keep up the awesome work!

Raegun said...

Woot - you killed your old record for the 5k!! Way to go!!

I had a smile plastered all over my face as soon as I landed on this post. That Cake song is one of my favourites and I always get a power boost (ya, I know it's lame but that's what I call it!) when I'm running and that song comes on my iPod. ;)

Apart from my goal to lose 15 pounds by Labor Day, I've been focused on running goals lately. The long-term goal that prompted me to even start blogging is to be able to run 5 miles comfortably and at whim by May 2011. That is a one-year timeframe. In the meantime, I'm working my way through the Couch-to-5k program and would love to do my first 5k by the end of the year.

Keep at it!

Tricia said...



Debby said...

Excellent post. Got me thinking.

No goals for me before I read this post, but now I've just checked out a Thanksgiving 5K walk. I do believe I'll register!

Kimberley said...

LOL@ mixture of kindness and hatred...I never feel like that.

I am always thrilled for people when they are "on!"

Loved that you kicked butt for your personal best!

Commit. Train. Results.

I commit to going to yoga tomorrow and Thursday. I haven't been for over a week and I NEED to go.

Can't wait for your weigh in. It should rock!

Allan said...

All good !!!

spunkysuzi said...

There's nothing like getting your mojo back! Woo hoo on the new PR.
My goals:
Do my best in a 5K walking race at the end of September
Maintain my health as i do have signs of early heart disease
Get back to my healthy weight but Jan 1/11

Christina said...

WOW! Great job! Did you run the entire 5k? Your running is coming along nicely, my friend. How did you feel on your bike ride? I did the ol' run and bike this morning, and my legs were sore from the run (lovely speedwork day), but not in a way that affected my cycling. It was nice.

My goal is fitness. My body can do some awesome stuff, and I plan to keep pushing it. It's fun! I have no time line, which seems fine because things seem to be moving fast enough. I still weigh 200, but my body is muscling up nicely. I'm not focused on the scale on one race. I just want to have the ability to do great physical things, and I want to do great physical things regularly. Great question!!

Big Clyde said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Christina, no...I didn't run the entire time. I ran the first 1.25 miles, walked about .25 uphill, then ran 70% of the rest of the time and walked the rest. I wonder how I'd do if I didn't face a hill at the 1-mile mark. Maybe I'll choose a flat course and see how I do.

Christine said...

I'm working towards my ULTIMATE GOAL WEIGHT! I'm already at the lowest I've ever I need to reach that special number. 100 pounds lost and healthy/normal BMI. And I'm only 12 pounds away! SO CLOSE!!!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I LOVE how I feel training after a few good days of eating, wish I could maintain it all the time. Congrats on your current zone.

Madame Cur said...

Thanks for the mention! I am still not there, but you've motivated me to go out this evening. Thank you!

Patrick said...

Well done Clyde... crushing records is a favorite thing of mine. My timeline is 1.5 pounds a week, each week, until i get to 199

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

Keep reflecting on the zone. You're going to want to know everything you learned while in it...and we do too.

Great job. What an inspiring update.

Zeusmeatball said...

Love me some cake.....the band of course, not cake cake..come to think of it I love me some both kinds! hence my current situation ;)

As Ever

Traci said...

Congrats on setting goals and reaching them! I have to admit that I'm extremely lazy when it comes to exercising for the sake of exercise, so I usually try to sneak some in by biking for transportation (such as your bike ride to a night meeting). I hate driving and hate running even more, so even though I admire those who set goals of completing marathons, I don't think I'll ever be one of them :) If at all possible, and depending on the suitability of the route, I try to bike most places that are 10 miles or less roundtrip. I want to try more, but that will have to wait until cooler weather since right now the combination of heat and hills are conspiring to kill me :)

Lucas said...

First, I LOVES me some CAKE! Second, I am training for a 39 mile bicycle ride, not a race, but I will be riding as if it were a race!

Nice work on getting and staying motivated!

Lesley Jones said...

New follower. Just found your blog. Impressive. Cant wait to catch up on the older posts. Personally,I am a goal-oriented runner, so I keep my schedule full of races... seems to keep me the right amount of motivated.

Mark said...

Hombre, you did crush it... you TOTALLY crushed it. AWESOMENESS!

BUT, 1700 calories? How do you do that? I have trouble keeping my snacks under 1700 calories.