Friday, March 14, 2008

I have been a little undisciplined

It's true that I haven't posted like I should and it's all my fault.

The thing is that my new job is great but it is 110 miles from my house and yes I commute. That means that I wake up at 3:15am and leave my house at 4:05am. I get to work at 6am and work till 4PM if I am lucky I get home at 6:30 PM.

This doesn't leave a lot of time for anything really. I usually sleep about 5 hours a night because I stay up visiting with my wife.

Because of the situation above I temporarily altered my program a little bit. When I altered my program I learned a few things.

1. Doing the exercise without following a strict diet will make me glad I exercised but I will not lose any weight.

2. Following a strict diet with out doing the exercise leaves me more time for sleep but I do not lose any weight.

3. Doing the exercise while following a strict diet makes the weight fall off me.

I just can't get around it. I have to do the total program or I see no results at all.

I did also learn that I can maintain my weight. I kind of laid of of a strict diet and exercise for a week and nothing really changed, so that's good.

Last Saturday my wife and I ran a 5k race and it felt good. While I was running it dawned on me that I like running. When I was in the Army we had to run, a lot. I really got burned out on it and swore when I got out that I wasn't going to run unless I was being chased by something I couldn't kill. I really like the endurance thing and believe that we owe it to ourselves to be in good condition.

Because of the revelation above I have been considering training for a triathlon. I don't know if I am going to be able to do it because of the time commitment necessary. Most triathletes just skip out on sleep to get their training in but for me it is not an option. If I get any less sleep it will be a safety hazard because of the hours I drive.

So if I can possibly figure out how to do this I am going to shoot for the New Orleans half Iron man in 2009. That is a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 56 mile bike ride followed by a half marathon.
As amazing as it sounds to me it looks doable.


I have eaten the same diet every day except for the week ends. Also because of my hours I eat almost around the clock. I think this is helping my weight loss. My first meal is at 3:45 am and my last meal is a 9:30pm and I eat every 3 to 4 hours in between.

Oatmeal/Egg Whites
several servings of fruit
steamed vegetables
Brown rice
1 large chicken breast eaten in two separate meals
1 or 2 bowls of healthy beef soup

Exercise is the sixth week of the 16 week abs workout
I also do tabata sprints when I get home before dark.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm just, you know, a random surfer from France, I might never see your blog again. But, I just saw your March 3rd photos and I can definetly see progress. Bravo !! This shows discipline. Again, *bravo* !! KEEP IT UP !