Thursday, January 31, 2008

I managed to run for 5 minutes without stopping!

And then a few minutes more!
And my legs didn't tighten up!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This is gonna be tough...

So I went jogging today after 8 days of not, and my calves got so tight I could barely jog at all. I walked for 1 minute, jogged at 5 mph at a 1% incline for 3, walked 1 jogged 3, then I had to take 5 minutes out to run The Stick up and down my tender, tender calves. I got back on the treadmill to go again, but I only managed a few minutes before I had to stop and massage my calves again.

I know I can get over this hurdle with constant stretching and frequent exercise, but right now I feel frustrated because my cardiovascular system is more than willing to jog for much longer than I can right now. It's the damn musculature that is the weak link. Grrrrr.......

Friday, January 18, 2008

Yes, but look at the ONE month graph...

I know that if you look at my total weight graph o' doom since I started keeping track of it, it looks like I've gained about 5 pounds. BUT if you look at the one month graph, the results are much nicer:

This means I am holding steady. So far so good. Next step: a DOWNWARD trajectory.

I vow this, my friends: One Day we shall rechristen the graph. No more shall it be Weight Graph o'Doom, but rather it shall become the Weight Graph o' Delight!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A Jog and Healthy Meals

Good news bad news good news.

The good news is that I doubled my walk/jog from yesterday. The bad news is that "doubled" means I managed a mile and a half before collapsing, compared to my paltry 3/4 mile yesterday. The good news is that I have a lot of time until the 10-mile run in April.

I got ahold of the Beginner training schedule from a couple of years ago, and this is what the first week of training looks like:
  • Jan. 23 - 30 minutes
    Goal: Walk for 1 minute and then run for 2 minutes. Do this 10 times.
  • Jan. 24 - 21 minutes
    Goal: Walk 1 minute, run 2 minutes (7 times)
  • Jan. 25 - Rest Day
  • Jan. 26 - 32 minutes
    Goal: Walk 1 minute, run 3 minutes (4 times)
  • Jan. 27 - 24 minutes
    Goal: Walk 1 minute, run 3 minutes (6 times)
  • Jan. 28 - Rest Day
  • Jan. 29 - 36 minutes
    Goal: Walk 1 minute, run 2 minutes (12 times)
Once again, the bad news is that I am totally a beginner, and this training plan actually looks appropriate for me. The good news is that I am starting to train about three weeks before the training schedule kicks in, so I should be ready to go in a few weeks.

My meals today were good. A soy breakfast burrito this morning, a South Beach bar, South Beach chicken alfredo whole wheat frozen dealie, an apple. I did have a burrito from Baja Fresh, but it was after my jog and I was famished. The really good news is that I grilled a sirloin burger for dinner and ate it without the bun and it was DELISH. Then I had some baby carrots with hummus.

I'd say my calories for the day are around 2200, which is right on track. I have no idea what the Weight Graph O' Doom will say tomorrow -- I'm hoping for a green triangle instead of a red one -- but whatever happens, I know I did well today.

I think today's dinner provides a good model for the future. It's like a compromise: I can eat as much protein and veggies for dinner as I like, as long as I lay off the carbs. It'll work out because I can't see myself gorging on saturated meat or anything. Maybe two chicken breasts? A couple sirloin burgers with no bun? I'm not concerned.


Monday, January 07, 2008

Starting 2008 off right?

So that green triangular area up on the graph from last week, that was when I went home to Michigan and dropped about 5 pounds. Of course, I probably didn't lose 5 pounds of fat -- much of it was likely water weight -- but it shows that when I don't eat big meals late at night, when I don't eat sodium-filled meals, and when I generally curb my calorie intake, weight loss comes quickly for me.

As you may have also noticed, the graph has jumped back up to my pre-Michigan levels. This is because two nights ago I ordered Chinese food, and last night I had ramen noodles. Both carry massive amounts of sodium, so I have no doubt retained several pounds of water.

It is interesting to note that the General Tso's combo I had two nights ago was incredibly delicious, but after I consumed the entire thing, I was completely incapacitated. Apparently 2,000 calories (at least) of a fat-laden meal, consumed quickly, causes me to get very very drowsy, become unable to do anything, and fall asleep.


Some other interesting news: Yesterday I "began" "training" for the 10-miler in April, and I had an interesting finding... it seems I am unable to run a mile. Not because of any cardiovascular issue (my pulse didn't go above 120, when I am easily capable of maintaining 160+ for a long time), but because my calves were incredibly tight. This always happens after a long period of dormancy, and after massaging my calf muscles with THE STICK, everything worked fine again. But this shows that it will take me a couple weeks before I can get up to the distances necessary to properly condition my body for 10 miles.