Friday, January 25, 2008

New Diet - How goes it?

When I started running back in March of last year I was tipping the scales at 293, today it is 245. I knew back then that I had to do this in a two part process. Trying to diet and exercise at the same time back then, when I had done neither was going to be too much for me, I knew that. So I took last year to make exercise a priority and this year diet. For the past week, I have been really watching and regulating what I have been eating.

This is the challenge for me. I have never really thought much about my diet until now. I always just grabbed something or cooked but didn't really think about it much. Just eat it and forget about it. Portions were what I felt like there really were no limits. Now I think about it, a lot. Here is the typical day now:

Breakfast: Yogurt, oatmeal, banana
Snack: carrots or broccoli - I tried the broc raw today, I won't do that again.
Lunch: half sandwich, cup of soup, celery, apple
Snack: pretzel or orange or other fruit
dinner: fruit, vegetables, small portioned meat
Snack: piece of fruit

I mix some things in and out but you get the general idea. On top of this I drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. If I run it is more like 10 or 11 glasses of water. I have noticed that I never feel over stuffed on this new system. I think that will take getting used to. I know portion control is my biggest challenge. The good news is that the reduced caloric intake has not affected my running at all.

On Wednesday, I did a 5 miler where I had three miles sub-11:00. I think the diet is helping. I also have been supplementing with vitamins. I will let everyone know how it is going on this. I will say that I am not miserable eating celery and I don't feel hungry.


*lisa* said...

Great news, rob! Keep it up :) I've noticed that my runs (and workouts in general) go a lot better when I've been eating healthy. Maybe not as much crap to slosh around in the stomach - haha

Rob said...

That is probably true lisa. Here is to less slosh.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Great work, Rob. This is my biggest struggle. I love bad food and I have problems with portion size. I've been so much better, but the weight is coming off as quickly as I'd like. It's hard to make such big changes and see such little results. Hope you do better at this than I have.

Good luck!

Pokey said...

I need to change the diet v. exercise mix in my routine too. I say I want to focus on diet this year - but the crazy part of me also wants to keep training too. So I am still in a quandry.

Cant I just have it all? ;)

You are doing a GREAT job!!!

Rob said...

The diet is the tough part for me, we will see how it goes.