Monday, March 11, 2013

On Dieting: PART 2

I am both amazed and humbled by the response of last week's post On Dieting, right here on this blog. Obviously, diet in Ultra-running is a popular subject.. but so is dieting in general. Much of the personal responses I've received included continued encouragement, but also with similar questions. The most common line of questioning was: "Any more in depth information on what your daily diet was to drop like that? " I knew after my original post that I couldn't just throw up results and leave it at that. After all, research shows you all stop reading after so many words. So, it's led to this follow up post where I'm going to outline as best I can, the choices I've made and how I've managed to see the success I have on this diet.

So, I'll start with the elephant in the room. Exercise. I've been exercising religiously since October 16th.   A few folks questioned my training for July's Vermont 100 starting to Early. Most runners are just now getting back to their wheelhouse workouts. I've been there for a few months now. I knew I had work to do, and I made the choice to do it. But what does it look like? I started out slow, baby steps, towards getting back into fitness. Like I said, that first 3 mile run on October 16th was painful and didn't offer me much in the way of hope. Here is a snapshot of what the first week of November looked like:

Thursday, March 7, 2013

On Dieting

Back in October I introduced my plan to lose weight, get back into 100 miler shape, and live a healthier lifestyle. In case you missed it you can read about it here: A Personal Revolution. In that post I said, "Though I am about to embark on the most difficult life change of my entire existence. This change, is a diet change, and it is the basis of my pending weight loss and preparation for the Vermont 100." This could not have been more understated. Over the last 5 months, I have followed my dieting plan as closely as possible. I've learned a lot during this process and I've learned a lot about other people. It truly is amazing living a healthier life looking back into the "other world." I'll admit it.. I'm a people watcher.

In this post I'm offering up a more in-depth discussion about my diet. How things have been going, the challenges I've faced, thoughts I've had, and really just try to share with all of you a very real look inside of where I'm at.