Good afternoon, friends and fellow (weight) losers! In the words of Rakim, “it’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you.”
I can’t believe this summer has flown by so quickly and that I haven’t given a progress report all summer! I’ve missed you all. Life happens and unfortunately my poor blog suffered in the process.
As always, there is a good and bad news and developments but I’m trying not to make those post too lengthy. Consider it a “Best of…” or a highlight reel of what’s been going on with me and my weight loss quest.
1. My blood pressure is back to normal. I took my blood pressure being high very seriously and I adjust my diet accordingly. I lowered my sodium intake, got my water intake up to a gallon a day consistently and just ate better overall. And you know what? It helped. I didn’t expect it to go down so quickly but by July, it was 120/80. Awesome!
2. I got my weight down to 293. This is great new considered I started the year at 319. Reducing my sodium helped with this as well because so much of my weight gain seemed too come from water retention. The day after a sodium packed meal or even the day after a cheat meal, sometimes I gain as much as five pounds overnight. While 26 pounds isn’t a whole lot over the course of 8 months, even the smallest victory is a victory for me.
3. I haven’t worked out all summer. Sad to say, I haven’t run, lifted a weight, done a push up or anything along those lines all summer. My excuse? None unfortunately. It was a combination of being unmotivated and simply lazy. I have started a new job recently though that keeps me very active. Not active as far as impact and intensity but active as in I spend a lot of time on my feet and walking. I downloaded a pedometer app for my phone and on average from the start of the day to arriving at home, including my work day, I take over 22000 steps, with at least 20000 steps being taken at work. That’s the equivalent of 10 miles a day, going by the rule of thumb that walking 2000 steps is the equivalent of walking a mile.
4. My diet has been pretty much on point though. That’s pretty much what kept me from gaining weight this summer. As soon as I got a hold of my diet, things started clicking. I was far from perfect, don’t get me wrong, and a few of my cheat meals went over board but overall, I’ve been eating pretty well. I’d say about 75% of the time I eat the way I’m supposed to. Also I’ve been waiting less. My intermittent fasting plan has me eating 4 times a day but I usually don’t eat more than three often not eclipsing 2000 calories for the day but I’m not starving myself. I just don’t feel all that hungry all the time. My cheat meals are actually beneficial in this case because they give my metabolism a jump-start to keep it from burning too slow.
5. I decided to push the 9+1 back to next year and focus on fat burning through the remainder of the year. As September has arrived, there just aren’t enough short-range options of races for me to complete the 9+1 before the year’s end so I’ m going to push it back to next year which would prepare me for guaranteed entry into the 2015 NYC Marathon. I also still want another marathon under my belt so I’m planning the Honolulu Marathon for next December. However, I will be applying through the lottery for the 2014 NYC Marathon. If I get in, then the 9+1 will be null and void and I’ll run in 2014 instead.
Other than that I’m just concentrating on getting back into the routine of working out, flexitarian living (ate too much like carnivore this summer), and sticking to intermittent fasting and getting into the habit of blogging more regularly than every 3 months.
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