So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Day 9

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I weighed in at 191.6 pounds today, my lowest since 2001.

I weighed in at 191.6 pounds today, my lowest since 2001.

Day 9 of the Wedding Fitness Project was an odd one. I had dairy for the first time in more than a week, drank a pop (a natural one, though), yet came in 900 calories under my daily goal and registered my lowest weight since 2001. Yeah, read that again. Lowest weight. In more than 11 years.

I couldn’t stave off the taco bar at Whole Foods, eating a mix of Mexican food and drinking a natural Blue Sky Cherry Vanilla soda. Now, they do have more calories than regular soda, but they are “better” for you because they don’t contain all that junk name brand sodas do.

I also ate a few small scoops of Coconut Bliss (non-dairy) ice cream and a few chips and guacamole.

That was it for intake. I simply wasn’t that hungry.

I had the day off, so I got to run outside. The wind was a beast, and it was a little toasty, but I burned nearly 1,300 calories while running more than six miles and walking nearly a mile to cool off.

The great news is that I checked in at 191.6 pounds. I haven’t weighed that since the summer of 2001.

Day 9 at the table

I had a late lunch/early dinner as described above and not much else. You can read my food dairy at My Fitness Pal.

Day 9 at the gym

A combination run/walk (6-mile run, 1-mile walk), nearly 1,300 calories burned. You can see my routine at My Fitness Pal.

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So I’m into fitness, Wednesday Fitness Project Day 8

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So I’m a day late on the eighth entry for my wedding fitness project, but I had another pretty good day.

I ate quite a bit Monday, about 2,600 calories, but I also burned more than 1,300 calories.

I did slip a little and have a tiny piece of cheese with my leftover dairy-free enchiladas at lunch.

I came home to more Mexican food, thanks to my fabulous fiancée. She made organic, dairy-free taquitos, tacos and potato salad. My dairy says Taco Bell tacos, but I picked the closest thing to what we had.

My snacks included bananas, pears and cashews.

Another great day at the gym with a ton of cardio and a good lift. Best news of the day? I checked in at 194 on the scale at the gym, a new low.

Day 8 at the table

I had a small sausage patty and a biscuit for breakfast, leftover enchiladas and a small piece of cheesecake at lunch and taquitos, tacos and potato salad at dinner. You can read my food diary at My Fitness Pal.

Day 8 at the gym

One of the better morning sessions I’ve had at the gym with more than 30 minutes on the rowing machine, the p90X ab ripper and about 30 minutes of lifting weights for more than 600 calories burned. At lunch, I ran 40 minutes of intervals for a 680-calorie burn. You can see my routine at My Fitness Pal.

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So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Day 7

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Before a five-mile run.

Before a five-mile run.

I’m sitting on our deck, with my laptop and a beer, listening to the Royals game as I type my final blog of the first week of this project. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Today was one of those days I really did not want to work out. My original plan was to get up early and run five or six miles before going to a work function in the afternoon.

I did get up fairly early, but really didn’t have the time to get the kind of run I typically get in. I also didn’t feel like running.

Unfortunately, I did partake in the orange cinnamon rolls my fiancee’s mother made (as well as a few oreos her father almost always keeps around).

However, I did not succumb to temptation at the work function — a baseball tailgate for the university I work at. No hot dogs. No chips. No soda. No beer. I has two small turkey sliders with no cheese and no condiments.

Despite being tired by the time I got home, I did get out for a five-mile run. I’m glad I did because the weather was beautiful. It also pushed my total burn for the week to about 7,500 calories, including an off day. Not bad.

For dinner, I had a small original sandwich from Schlotzky’s. No cheese. No soda.

It wasn’t a perfect day, but a good one, nonetheless. It capped a week in which I was under my calorie goal every day, averaged burning nearly 1,100 calories (even with an off day), did not drink soda and did not eat dairy. I ended up losing a couple of pounds, so I’m on target to hit my goal by the wedding.

Day 7 at the table

I did not have a good breakfast. Cinnamon rolls and oreos are about as bad as it gets. However, I staved off temptation at a tailgate and had a light dinner. Again, no soda or dairy. You can read my food diary at My Fitness Pal.

Day 7 at the gym

I ran a little more than five miles and burned more than 1,000 calories. You can see my routines at My Fitness Pal.

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So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Day 6

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Damn you, Starbucks. Since when is this light ice?

Damn you, Starbucks. Since when is this light ice?

Damnit, Starbucks. When I say light ice, I mean light ice, especially when I’m treating myself to a fairly low-calorie refresher (my alternative to the poison that is pop).

Nonetheless, I enjoyed my 24 ounces (more like 10 with a two-thirds full cup of ice) of lime goodness, particularly after a long morning run.

Taking Friday off proved to be a blessing, as did 10 hours of sleep. I’m lucky to average six hours a night, so 10 felt ridiculously good.

I didn’t plan on attempting to break 30 minutes in a 5k (considering I couldn’t run 100 yards three years ago, it’s a big deal) again, so I was little surprised when I hit the three-mile mark in 29 minutes, especially when I walked the first 50 yards or so to loosen up.

The last time I ran for a 5k mark, I ended up walking after the three-mile mark, which rests just a few yards in front of a steep hill that stretches a half mile. Not today. I ran that and ended up running a 10k. More than 1,200 calories burned. It’s also the 10th time I’ve run an unofficial 10k.

I’m blogging in the early afternoon because I won’t be able to tonight. I’ve got a work function to attend at 6 p.m., and we’re going out for drinks with my best man afterward.

Day 6 at the gym

I warmed up with the p90X ab ripper, ran a little more than six miles and walked about a mile. Calories burned: 1,333. For the week: More than  6,400. You can see my routine(s) on My Fitness Pal.

Day 6 at the table

I had kettle chips for breakfast, not exactly ideal. For lunch, I had some chips and a beef angus sandwich at Schlotzky’s. But here’s the key: no cheese. That removes about 300 calories from the sandwich. I still have 1,900 calories left for what will be a light dinner and probably several beers. You can read my food diary on My Fitness Pal.

On the scale

I clocked in at 193.2, tying my lowest weight since 2000. HOLLA.

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So I’m into fitness, wedding project Day 5

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At 240-plus in May 2011 on the left and a little under 200 earlier this year on the right.

At 240-plus in May 2011 on the left and a little under 200 earlier this year on the right. Hard work definitely pays off.

I set the alarm clock for 5 a.m., planning on a morning run before a long day at work. But I could tell last night that it wasn’t going to happen. Sure enough, when the alarm went off, I let Shana get up and turn it off to start her day and promptly went right back to sleep.

Normally, I’d feel guilty about skipping a workout. But I’ve had enough injuries — shin splints, bruised heel, back strain — to understand the value of rest. So I opted not to work out today.

That made what I was eating that much more important. Despite having chicken fingers and fries at lunch, I managed to come in just a little under my daily goal. Having to walk across campus twice ended up being a good thing.

I’m still tired, much of which I attribute to a ridiculous four-day stretch at the beginning of this project, which resulted in nearly 5,000 calories burned. You can see my workout routines and food diary at My Fitness Pal.

Taking today off should pay off tomorrow. I anticipate a long morning run, which usually means a four-digit burn. I’ll need it later in the evening when we meet up with my best man for beer after our Alumni Awards banquet.

Day 5 at the gym

I walked across campus twice, about 45 minutes of walking. Essentially a day off with about 170 calories burned.

Day 5 at the table

I had three taquitos and a handful of cashews for breakfast, chicken fingers and fries for lunch and chicken stir fry for dinner. No soda, no dairy. Five days without either. Holla.

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So I’m into fitness, wedding project Day 4

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Almost trim! Clearly I'm wearing my old fat man sweats, too.

Almost trim! Clearly I’m wearing my old fat man sweats, too.

I’m tired. I know why … my workout routine at times looks like something a boxer does to train for a fight. This week alone, I’ve burned nearly 5,000 calories. My Fitness Pal sets my weekly goal at 3,250. In other words, I have to avoid overdoing it.

I often have to remind myself to take a day off. Not doing so cost me two weeks of running last spring when I developed shin splints. I’ve had a bruised heel for a long time now. In fact, I’m icing it right now. It’s probably always going to be sore, even if I do wear fitted shoes, ice it, take supplements, etc.

A little sleep should jump-start my body for Friday’s workout, which will consist of a 5- to 6-mile run in the morning. There won’t be a lift, partly because I have a board meeting that’ll run through lunch, and partly because my muscles need the break.

As far as notable changes in the first four days of the wedding project, I am down about a pound, maybe a little more.

Day 4 at the table

I had vegan taquitos for breakfast, leftover non-dairy enchiladas for lunch and a pretty big dinner consisting of a meatless burger, a few crinkle fries and vegan nachos. No soda, no dairy. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Day 4 at the gym

It was one of those days that I really didn’t want to work out in the morning … but I still burned 550 calories before breakfast with a 15-minute row, 30 minutes of weights and a 15-minute run.

At lunch, I ran 40 minutes of intervals, burning 664 calories. Total burn: 1,213 calories.

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So I’m into fitness: Wedding project, Day 3

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My beautiful Shana, one of the big reasons I'm doing this.

My beautiful Shana, one of the big reasons I’m doing this.

Another good day. Soda-free. Dairy-free. Great workouts.

One of my weaknesses has been a combination of McDonald’s and a convenient story on the turnpike during my daily commute.

It’s been enticing and easy to stop by there in the morning for a donut, Egg McMuffin or energy drink, all of which are terrible for you. My stomach has told my brain too many times that I work out so much I can treat myself. Perhaps, but not so often.

So far, so good this week. I’ve picked up iced tea in the morning, but no food. I’ve been eating fruit after my workout.

I’ve also staved off the soda addiction by drinking a small amount of Starbuck’s refreshers.

Day 3 at the table

Leftover non-dairy enchiladas for breakfast, Whole Foods beef chili for lunch and a dinner that included a few Quorn chicken nuggets, crinkle fries, half a Whole foods bean and rice burrito and a good portion of green beans.

Day 3 at the gym

Great morning workout of 30 minutes rowing, 25 lifting and eight minutes of P90X ab ripper for a total of 580 calories burned.

Good lunch run covering 4 miles for a total of 641 calories burned. All told, 1,221 calories torched.