Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sorry I have been gone so long.

I have been less than disciplined in my posts but there is a good reason. As you all know we had a run of bad luck around my house that lasted almost a year. It culminated with hurrican Gustav putting a tree in my house and my wife totaling our vehicle that we had paid off two months prior. Oh and the minor knee surgery my wife had turned out to be not so minor. According to the doctor she will never run again. For someone that had just discovered the joy of marathon running this was kind of a blow. That is the reason that I was lax in my posting. I had to travel back and forth home every day to take care of her for a month and a half so I didn't workout either.

Throughout this all I kept my optimism but it was tough.

Since my last post I have been doing some training and other stuff.

I ran a half marathon in Maui. This was brutal. I didn't get to train at all for this. Imagine someone coming up to you and handing you running shoes and some shorts and telling you to run a half marathon. That is about what it was like. Against my wifes advice I didn't eat anything before running it either. I was a mess. I ended up walking about 1/3 to 1/2 of it. I just ran out of gas. On the last 2 miles I started cramping which was fun. I did finish though, in all of my fat shirtless glory I finished.

I also rode 150 miles one weekend to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. I did this with no prior training other than a 15 mile bike ride to get my bike adjusted. Believe it or not it was fun. The doctors are pretty optimistic about being able to get the bike seat out of the crack of my butt too.

I am going to start posting pictures in the next week or so.

Diet-

I have modified my diet yet again. I am eating considerably less than I was before. I think this will help drop the weight and I am going to let my body tell me when I need more calories.
I know what running and not having the energy feels like so I can use that as a gauge.
This is what I eat during the week. On weekends I slip a little bit but I think that is acceptable.

Breakfast.
1 bagel with 2 tablespoons of lowfat cream cheese- about 400 calories

Lunch
1 protien shake about 400 calories

Dinner
1 package of rice, vegitables and chicken otherwise known as a steamable pre-packaged frozen dinner. They are tasty have very few perservatives and only have about 400 calories.
1 bagel just like I eat at breakfast- about 400 calories

In total I eat about 1600 calories a day. I seem to stay pretty satisfied as long as I don't change my diet up too much. On top of this I have the energy to exercise.

I have been exercising as well.

My schedule will look something like this.
Saturday- Bike and run - currently 25 miles and two miles respectively
Sunday - off
Monday - Run - 5 miles
Tuesday - Run - 4 miles
Wednesday - Swim
Thursday - off
Friday - whatever I feel like I need

All workouts are at least 45 minutes to 2 hours. I know this seems like a lot for a guy that weighs 250. I am in pretty good shape I am just fat and that is all there is too it.

With my diet and the exercise I am running a calorie deficit of about 1400 calories a day. This should give me the weight loss I am looking for. If I start to lose any muscle I am going to add more calories via protien.