Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Last week I was reading somewhere about all the toxic junk that builds up in your system that interferes with the natural processes of the liver and kidneys (among other things). I have been trying to lose about 5 to 7 pounds forever and I am fairly confident I get enough exercise. So that leaves my diet. Which I would say is better than most but I definitely have room to improve.
I got to thinking about what has changed since I was losing and now. Back in 2009 I never added sugar to stuff and never added artificial sweeteners either. At some point I started using Splenda to sweeten things even though people tell me it is not the greatest for my system. I did have diet soda before but not in mass quantities like I do now. It is my one last vice, so I figured it couldn't hurt me, right? I know it's loaded with artificial sweeteners and about 5 other 'ingredients' people can barely pronounce.
Long story short, it has been 1 week since I had a diet pop or added artificial sweeteners. I have also cut way back on caffeine. My diet pop of choice was Mountain Dew which is loaded with caffeine. I initially lost about 4 pounds which must have been water. I have been sleeping better and my resting heart rate is down slightly. I'll keep an eye on it and see if I make any progress!
This coming Saturday will be the 4th anniversary of the first time I ever ran marathon distance of 26.2 miles. I am planning on running a marathon on the greenbelt, just as I did then, sort of as a reminder of where I once was in my life. This past Saturday I figured I had better at least do a 20 miler to see I could still do it!! The last time I ran a marathon paced 20 miler was September 11th, 2010 believe it or not. I never could muster a full 20 miler before Boston.
Anyway, Michelle joined me on the bike as usual which is amazing and Christie came as well. I realize I am totally spoiled to have Michelle along for the ride on the long runs because it gives me the opportunity to train like it was a race. She carries everything in a backpack and I take some from her every 2 miles just like a race. My goal on Saturday is 3:30 which I think is manageable. I am not sure I could hit my BQ pace since I haven't been doing much running at that pace but we'll see. I told Michelle I'll stick to the plan and re-assess at halfway and 20 miles.
Posted by Ryan at 2:50 PM