During my senior year of undergrad I got I got tired of being overweight and decided to finally make a change mainly for health reasons. During that first year I lost a good amount of weight by changing completely how I ate going from soda and junk food to lots of whole grains, lean meats and fruits and vegetables. Also going to the gym became a staple of my daily routine. At my highest weight I was 267 lbs and got in down to 182 lbs through a lot of hard work and determination.
Since starting grad school, I’ve had my up’s and downs going from the 180-190’s up to the 220’s and all the way in between. I’m rededicating myself to healthy eating and I will look great when I walk across the stage for graduation from grad school sometime in 2013 hopefully. The one bonus since grad school is that I’ve become a long distance runner. Since 2009, I have run numerous 5k’s, 10ks, 8 Half Marathons and 7 Full Marathons and a 50 Miler. I never would have thought I would have been able to do this, but I’ve learned this journey is not a sprint it’s a marathon.
"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it" -Confucius
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. -Abraham Lincoln
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Confucius.
- Get Weight down to
- Reduce Body Fat to approximately 12-15%
- Run at least 1500 Miles
- Set new PR in the Marathon and 50 Miler if I do it again
- Continue weight lifting and get more definition and improve core strength
- Get better control of my diet in general especially my snacking
Woke up this morning and headed up to do a chilly long run. I had to move my long run to today because I have a friend in town this weekend and this would be the only time I could do it.
It was chilly out there, but I ended up doing my 19 miles at pretty good pace. Had to stop a few times for GU breaks and to stretch but overall a very good run.
Breakfast today went well, had a nice PB sandwich after the run. Lunch today went really well, I ended up trying this new thai place near work. I ordered Pad Thai and a huge portion came out. I instantly decided, I'm saving half for dinner which was a great choice. Go me on the willpower.
19 Miles @ 8:59 Average Pace
Pre Run: Banana, Multivitamin + BP Meds with Water
Mid Run: 2 GU Packs + Water
Post Run: 2 Slices of Granola Bread with 1 Tbsp Natural PB + Water
2 Small Veggie Spring Rolls
Small Triange Piece of Chocolate Cake, maybe 2" wide