OK, now that all these race shenanigans are behind me it’s time to buckle down and get serious about weight loss, debt payoff and getting faster with my running. I was reflecting on why my weight loss has stalled. The majority of the 35 pounds I’ve lost this past year were lost on the South Beach Diet. I went off it when I started running more than 6 miles at a time because I felt sluggish and like I needed more carbs for fuel. I’d prefer to lose weight by eating healthy and exercising, but I apparently need a little more structure to drop weight at a faster pace than one pound a month. Which is healthy, I’m sure, but not very gratifying.
My plan starting tomorrow:
1. Start South Beach again. I’m not running further than 6 miles for a few months, so the low carb thing should be ok. I’ve bought the food, planned my meals and even pre-cooked my egg/bacon/cheese muffins. I know I can do it.
2. Weight & circuit training twice a week.
3. Running 3x a week 3-4 miles at a time, with no walk intervals.
4. Refocus my budget, save hard for my trips in the fall and cut back on non-essential spending.
My teenage son is running Expedition Everest with me in May, so I need to figure out how to sync up my runs with his. He’s up to one mile right now, but needs a lot of encouragement to get trained up for the 5k.
My next race is a local FICPA tax day 5k in April. I’d really love to be able to run it in under 30 minutes. I know I can do it, I just have to train smart.
I’m all blogged out after catching up on the race recaps. Stay tuned for an update next week.