Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Some random stuff to get going here on a Tuesday.

- So I inherited a treadmill. It's in my garage right now. My mother-in-law decided that she wanted to get a newer, smaller one for their new house and asked if I wanted it. I said yeah and before I knew it, it was in the back of my truck.

I'm happy about it but I just don't know where it will fit in my house. I'm thinking of the office. I've ran on the treadmill before and it works fine. We'll see though if I can get it in the house to make use of it.

- The girls are taking swim lessons now that it's summertime and 90-plus degrees out here on a daily basis. I'm thinking about seeing if I can sign up for adult swim lessons. Actually, Mrs. LB already inquired about it and turns out I can join a class if I'm for it. Not sure. I suppose one thing that should be motivating would be the chance to participate in a triathlon!

- My blog buddy Willoughby asked me about my diet during my weight loss, the pre-running part of the weight loss which I blogged about yesterday. I figure I'd write about that now.

I hate the word diet if it's used in the context of eating less or differently for a short amount of time. The word diet in context of what you eat is acceptable for me of course but it often gets confused for the other one so I use the word meal plan. Anyway, my meal plan was simple during my weight loss. All I did was track my calories and eventually my fiber intake. I stuck to 1700 calories a day for three consecutive days, then had 2800 calories on the fourth day. I repeated the process over and over again, so three consecutive days I'd eat less than I was used to and the fourth day I could eat a bit more.

I don't know why that works but it worked. My trainer said it would help drive the metabolism or something and I didn't want to question him because I figured he knew more than me so I put my trust in him. I'm sure there's a scientific explanation to it but I don't know where to find that info or what the info is.

Right around the time that second picture I posted yesterday was taken, I changed my meal plan and ate 1800 calories a day. I try to stay between 1500-1800 calories a day but sometimes it's hard... well, often times it's difficult. What helps is writing your food intake down because that forces you to become more accountable for what you eat. And if you walk past a jar of whatever, cookies/jellybeans/chocolates/whatever, then you can't just as easily grab one and pop it in your mouth since you know you'll have to write it down later.

Anyway, I should write more about my meal plans, old and new, on this here blog and I probably will in the near future.

- This is one of my awesome rocking running songs. I recently picked this CD up (can't believe it took me this long) and this song is one of the better ones.


Angie Eats Peace said...

Congrats on the treadmill.

I have also heard that cycling your calories in like that works. It keeps your metabolism going, and doesnt let your body get used to a set amount of calories.

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

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Willoughby said...

Thanks for addressing my question about an eating plan. I agree with you about a short term diet vs. a meal plan you can live with. I tried the Atkins diet a few years ago and dropped weight really quickly, but I looked sick all the time and I felt like hell (the weight came back as soon as I stopped). I had never heard of varying your caloric intake the way you described, but I can see how that would work.

I think you should take the swimming lessons, you'll be glad you did. Not just because it's a great workout, but so you can have fun with your girls.

Love the song!!!