Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's Been a Long Time


This won't be long, just had a bunch of members ask me how my "sugar detox" was holding up since my January "rehab" so I thought it was time to check in. Well................. As I mentioned in my last blog, I was trying (again, I have tried this before) to lead a more balanced existence and allowing myself to indulge whenever I felt like it and just keep my portions small. Can you say The Definition of Insanity???? Anyway, I really didn't go off the deep end, so to speak, I just didn't have much of a plan from April till now, gained about 3lbs back (been in a tight 3 pound range since I dropped 10lbs over 12 weeks at the beginning of the year) but I really wasn't feeling that good, energy was a bit low, etc. Not terrible, just not optimum. I decided 4 weeks ago to sign up for my first 50 mile off road running race (yep, that is not a typo) which is in March of 2011 so I really need to come into that race signifcantly lighter than I was in the Pine Mountain 40 miler. This race could, and probably will, take me up to 12 hours of continuous running, walking, crawling to finish and I just don't want to be 200lbs, even a very lean 200lbs, at the starting line!
2 weeks ago my family went out of town for 10 days and I decided to use that time to clean up the diet again. I have now been "sugar free" (I don't count any foods that contain sugar that are not "triggers" for me such as greek yogurt, fruit, or anyting I eat during my long runs) for 14 days and feeling great. What I did differently this time is I did not go low carb for 2 weeks, I just cut out all the sweets and allowed myself to eat extra calories, fat, etc. so I wouldn't have cravings. Keep in mind, I have been having some type of simple sugar almost every day since April so I assumed this would be brutal - it was not! My cravings went away after only 2 days and now I am ready to clean up the diet even more.
I will keep you all posted on my progress and training for this event, I am currently 203lbs and approx 14% bodyfat. I don't have a specific weight and fat loss goal but if I am between 185-190 and at a lower body fat % in March, I will be very happy to run 50 miles. My current long training run(s) are about 3 hours on Saturday mornings and 60 minutes on Sundays. My plan calls for this to increase to 4-5 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on Sundays - whew!
Remember, we are all blessed, no matter where we are in our journeys!
Rami