Here's what I did:
- Ate approx 1,700 calories per day of very healthy stuff. Veggies, egg whites, turkey pep, yogurt, fruit and tons of water (and my usual tremendous intake of coffee).
- I rode my bike twice, low mileage.
- I ran a total of 12.5 miles last week, in four separate outings.
- That makes 6 days of cardio in a week.
- I had eaten poorly the
6 monthsweekend before my initial weigh-in last Tuesday, so my starting point might have been a bit high.
- My running mileage was high for me...maybe too high. This is tied for the highest mileage I have ever done in a 7 day period. As I progressed through the week, I realized that I should have slowly built up to it to avoid injury, etc.
- I also ran at night and at mid-day. Same with cycling. It just doesn't work well in the desert. Yes, I got it done, but my speed and energy suffered big-time, making me dread my next workout. This is a dangerous thing for a heavy guy who is coming back into some good habits.
I say this because some of us bloggers start to compare ourselves with others regarding mileage, workout intensity, etc. and it can be discouraging. I know it may sound silly, but I fantasize about arriving at a 5k race starting line where everyone had the same bmi or height/weight ratios as me...now, that would be a race! How about showing up at your local bike shop for the Saturday ride and asking everyone to load up their backpacks with extra pounds to equal yours? Let's hit those hills and grind out 40 miles!
The good news is that 99% of the people out there are really just trying to encourage us heavier people to keep going and never give up. At race events or my bike shop, I don't feel judged because of my weight...I know that we are all part of the same club: "people who are working to improve ourselves". (But I will still bring an extra backpack and some bricks with me if anyone wants to start smack-talking!)
My Goals for this Week:
- Drop another 5 pounds.
- Diligently follow the Hal Higdon 10K training plan, Week 1.
- Exercise in the early morning, before it gets too hot outside.
- Maintain 1700 daily calories of good healthy food.
Make it a good week everyone!