Sunday Update – All New

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.  

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