Happy Birthday, Michael!
Quote of the Day: “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” Buddha
So I pulled from my files a training schedule for marathons. My choices included “The Rookie Plan” or “The Veteran Plan”. I’m definitely a rookie. It’s a 16 week plan and I traced the calendar back from May 19, my marathon date, and wouldn’t you know it, my start date is January 30, which is my date cleared for running and tennis. I’m sending the plan to Taylor in Guatemala. He wants to be ready to run the St. George with Joe and me in October. It will be a push with him coming home end of August but I would love to run my 10th St. George with Taylor and Joe.
My blog has become a great resource to me in that if I commit to something on it, it’s a motivator. Maybe I care too much what other’s think but if it works for losing weight, than why not embrace it? I would like to lose 10 lbs. and so here’s my commitment. My goal will be to weigh 10 lbs. less than I do today when I step to the starting line of the marathon. I pulled up an article about dieting from The New York Times Magazine called The Fat Trap. It’s one of the best articles I have read regarding weight gain and taking weight off. One thing that the author, Tara Parker-Pope, said that really hit home was that unless you are really ready to commit to taking weight off, don’t start a diet because it is such a difficult task and you really need to know what you are in for. Also, it would be better to just eat healthy and exercise and be content with that. Now, I know that 10 lbs. isn’t that much weight to lose but I’m so close to my goal weight and my set point is firmly set so it is difficult. Parker-Pope went on to say that you shouldn’t look at weight loss as a temporary phase thinking that maybe you will be doing this for only 8 weeks or so because if you do, you will regain the weight. You have to be ready, with the circumstances in your life, and willing to make a lifetime commitment, a lifestyle change.
Runner’s World also had an article called The Golden Rules of Weight Loss with great suggestions for taking and keeping weight off. Rule # 1: TAKE REALLY GOOD NOTES: “…studies have shown that people who log their food intake regularly keep more weight off than those who don’t take notes. Bonci recommends recording everything you eat for at least one week (and then doing so again every few weeks after that), making sure to include important details, such as when, where, why, and how much you eat. ‘Reviewing these details will help you glean important information about your habits,…and highlight ways you can make healthier choices.'”
And so, here I go, knowing that each ounce lost will mean a faster marathon time and less pounding on the bod!
Joe and I Christmas Morning, 2011