So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Day 38: Running like the wind, for me anyway

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From the 2011 5K at work to last month.

From the 2011 5K at work to last month.

I’ve written about non-scale victories (NSV) several times. I had some of my favorites Wednesday morning at the gym.

Despite running my usual notoriously slow first mile (about 12 minutes), I set personal bests (at least since high school) for 2 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles and 6 miles.

I ran two miles in the middle of my 6.5-mile run in under 18 minutes, a pace of less than 9 minutes per mile; three miles in the middle in 27 minutes (maybe a shade under) for an average of 9 minutes a mile; miles two to six in under 37 minutes for a pace of a little more than 9 minutes per mile; the last 5 miles in 46.5 minutes; and 6 miles in 58 minutes, 29 seconds, a personal best by about 30 seconds.

My burn for the first hour of the 65-minute run/walk (62 minutes running, three minutes walking) was 982 calories, also a personal best. All told, I burned 1,020 calories. I skipped my afternoon workout and worked through lunch (it happens). Still, I always think back to my first “run” three years ago, when I couldn’t job 100 yards. Pretty amazing.

Despite burning about 300 calories left than usual, I was under, partly because I didn’t have time to eat much between breakfast and dinner.

Read my food and exercise diaries at My Fitness Pal.

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So I’m into fitness, Wedding Fitness Project Day 37 blog: Back on track

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From no metabolism in 2009 to hyper-metabolism in 2013.

From no metabolism in 2009 to hyper-metabolism in 2013.

A funny thing happened when I started working out, eating better and losing weight: my metabolism took off.

I realized that again today when I stepped on the scale at the gym after a weekend full of bad eating and one 7-mile run. Amazingly, I did not gain a pound over the weekend. I’m still a little surprised, but obviously happy about it.

As for the fitness project, I’m back on track. Back to my 1,300-calorie burns and eating much better.

I had a great, and exhausting, workout in the morning and afternoon. My morning workout consisted of rowing, abs, lifting and jogging, while my afternoon workout consisted of more than 4 miles of intervals ranging from 5.0 mph and 7.5 mph. I burned about 650 calories in the morning and nearly 700 in the afternoon.

Read my food and exercise diaries at My Fitness Pal.

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So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Day 36: Enough rest and relaxation

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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.

Don’t let days become weeks. That’s been one of my mottos since I started the fitness makeover about three years ago.

After a Memorial Day weekend loaded with unhealthy food and one 7-mile run, I’m anxious to get back to the gym and back on track at the table Tuesday.

Though it was not a good weekend on the fitness journey, my body did get some much-needed rest. I was incredibly sore Friday after a personal-best run Thursday, and my left shin ached for a good 3 miles Sunday during a 7-mile run.

Fortunately, my body feels very good as I type this. In fact, this is as good as I’ve felt physically in a while. Combined with an abundance of sleep over the last four days, I’m ready to get back to kicking ass tomorrow.

I’ve realized that though I set a goal for my wedding day, this has been a lifestyle change, so I’m not going to be disappointed if I don’t reach that goal by June 22. The important thing is that I know I’m going to reach it at some point.

After three years of working out and eating right, the fitness journey isn’t a journey anymore. Now, it’s life.

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So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Days 34-35: Slept away

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After spending most of Saturday in Topeka working on our wedding, all of us were tired.

I rarely take naps, but laid down for one at about 6 p.m., planning to wake up around 8 and get a late run in. I woke up at 8:30 p.m., figured I’d get another hour of sleep in and get a really late run in.

I woke up 12 hours later, capping a 14-hour marathon in which I barely moved, dreamed vividly and ignored the fact that I hadn’t eaten since 2 p.m. Think my body was telling me something?

Perhaps averaging five hours of sleep a weeknight isn’t the best of ideas, particularly when I’m burning well over 1,000 calories a day.

Saturday ended up being my second straight off day. Normally, I’d feel extremely guilty about taking more than one day off. I didn’t this time.

I was a little concerned about putting weight on after back-to-back days of, well, terrible eating. At least on Saturday I only ate one meal.

To make up for it, I ran more than 7 miles in pretty steamy weather. Despite a bad weekend at the table, I haven’t gained more than a few ounces.

Weekends have a been a problem … it’s been tough for me to stay on track at the table. At some point, that has to change. I’m aware of it … and I know I can do it.

Read about my routine and see what I eat at My Fitness Pal.

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So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Day 33: Watch your words

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The “Naked Gun” clip sums up my Friday. After Thursday’s record run, my body screamed for a day off, and I complied.

Unfortunately, I was covering a state softball tournament at a press box loaded with chili dogs, chips, cookies and soda. Talk about temptation. In other words, it wasn’t a good day at the table.

I’m looking forward to getting a long run in tonight to make up for the truly off day.

WORDS LIKE DAGGERS

“The Nutty Professor” is one of my favorite movies. Eddie Murphy is brilliant in several roles, and the dinner scenes are all-time classics.

But watching this movie reminds how I used to feel watching any movie or show in which obese people are picked on. When you are watching that type of show with people around you, it’s a rather lonely feeling.

It also reminds me of some of the hurtful things, some intentional, some not, that I’ve heard through the years. Even “little” things like being called “Big E.”

I’ll be the first to tell you that my weight issues were nobody’s fault but my own. Most people who are overweight know that.

That said, being reminded that you’re fat causes a lot of damage. People should think about that before they speak. There is no way I would have lost 120 pounds without the incredible support of family and friends.

There were a few instances of things I’d overhear or even subtle comments that aren’t meant to hurt my feelings … fortunately, I was strong enough this time around to move on and keep fighting.

Not everybody can do that. One comment can ruin somebody’s day. Think about that before you speak. Instead of being negative, offer something positive.

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So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Day 32: A great run

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I've shaved more than three minutes off my average mile in less than two years!

I’ve shaved more than three minutes off my average mile in less than two years!

There’s nothing better than a day when you’re not feeling the workout, then killing said workout.

I got to the gym about 15 minutes later than usual (I had to pack a suitcase for an overnight stay at my dad’s early this morning), and that seemed to throw me off. Despite having little interest in being there, I got 30 minutes of lifting in, plus a three-mile run.

But the great workout came early in the evening, when I hit the Shunga Trail after work. I ran 4.5 miles, setting personal bests across the board with a time of about 40 minutes.

Considering I typically run a slow first mile, I was thrilled with those numbers. When I started running on the Shunga Trail two summers ago, I was running three miles in about 37 minutes. Now I’m running a mile further in the same about of time!

Overall, I burned more than 1,350 calories and was barely under my daily goal after a fairly big dinner of Mexican food.

I’m off tomorrow and will get to sleep in a bit. I can hear my body screaming “THANK YOU!”

Day 32 at the table

Too much sodium again. Too much fat. The other numbers were fine. You can see my food diary at My Fitness Pal

Day 32 at the gym

After running a total of 7.5 miles today, I’m at 27 miles for the week with three days left. More than 16 miles over the next three days and I set a personal high. You can see my routine at My Fitness Pal

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So I’m into fitness, Wedding Project Day 31: Looking back

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A year ago on May 22, I burned about 1,000 calories with a combination of a 3-mile run, 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, 20 minutes of weight lifting and old-school 8-minute abs.

I was curious how much progress I’ve made physically. The answer: A lot. I burned more than 1,300 calories today running more than 6 miles, rowing, lifting and P90X ab ripper.

The biggest improvement is in my cardiovascular workout. Last year at this time, my average speed was about 5.3 mph. Right now, it’s in the 5.8 to 6.0-plus mph.

I’d also stopped running intervals last spring when I developed shin splits. At the time, my intervals ranged from the low 4’s to low mid-6’s. Today, my intervals ranged from 5.0-5.5 to 7.0-7.5.

It’s important at times like this, when I feel like I’m in another plateau, to check these statistics and realize how far I’ve come. It’s great motivation.

As for Day 31 of this project, I was about 450 calories under my daily goal. I ate several small meals between breakfast and dinner and drank a lot of water and iced tea. Another solid day in the books.

Day 31 at the table

Way over on sodium again. The rest of my numbers, however, were pretty good. Read my food diary at My Fitness Pal

Day 31 at at the gym

Another balanced workout: Rowing, weights, abs and a short run in the morning, more than 4 miles of intervals during the lunch hour. Another day of 1,300-plus calories burned. See my routine at My Fitness Pal

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