Starting a weight loss program can be exciting. Setting a goal and creating a plan can be motivating as you dream about what the results could be. You imagine the "new you" down the road and how awesome it would be if you weighed your goal weight. Today is the first update of my goal to to return to race weight by April 13th. As I mentioned last week I am in a "sort of" competition with my brother-in-law Mike to reach our mutual goal of 169 pounds. See last week's blog for details on where we started. I think you will see we both tackle weight loss in a completely different way. The goal of this series of posts is to show how a couple of average guys get back to their goal race weight.
Week One Strategy:
I already eat healthy...I have just been eating too much. This week I cut back on portion size and eliminated second and third helpings of dinner. In addition I have been eating out a lot during the Holidays so I made a point of not eating out this week. I am not counting calories or dieting; just following my instincts with portion control.
Sunday-40 minutes on bike trainer
Tuesday-Ran 5 miles easy
Wednesday-Ran 5.5 miles (track workout-15 x 1 minute at 10k race pace)
Friday-Ran 5 miles easy
Saturday- Ran 7.1 miles (long run pace)
Totals: 40 minutes on the bike and 22.6 miles of running
Starting weight: 189 Jan 5th weigh-in: 187.5 Weight loss: 1.5 pounds
Week One Strategy:
If you don't know my story I lost over 60 pounds last year by using a strategy of juice fasting and becoming a vegan. I wrote a number of blogs explaining in detail how I did it and you can read them here. This year I am happy to say I do not have to lose 60 pounds. I only have to lose 24. I like to dive right into weight loss so I decided to do what I do best right out of the gate....juice fast! Since January 1st I have not eaten anything. Last year I became a real believer in juicing and as you can see the results speak for themselves. In addition I have started exercising primarily with yoga and the elliptical.
Tuesday-30 minutes easy on treadmill (running)
Wednesday-yoga 60 minutes + elliptical 60 minutes + 30 minute spin class
Friday-yoga 60 minutes + elliptical 60 minutes
Saturday-yoga 90 minutes
Totals: 30 minutes of running + 2 hours elliptical + 3.5 hours of yoga
Starting weight: 192.5 Jan 5th weigh-in: 187.2 Weight loss: 5.3 pounds
Week one Recap:
After week one you can see that we both approach weight loss in different ways. On the competitive side you can see that Mike's extreme strategy really paid off. I chose a more measured approach and to be honest was content with the 1.5 pound reduction before I heard Mike's results. If you have not weighed yourself in awhile the initial weigh-in is always a little questionable. Weights fluctuate all the time so it is hard to tell if Mike had an inflated number to begin with. This week will be telling as it is the first full week without a Holiday distraction and also we both have a better idea of where we stand. Can Mike keep it going? Will I see better results next week? We will see. I know this is motivating me and I hope you have started your return to race weight!
Next update January 12th!