Fast one in the Pain Cave

Having been a little lazy this morning, I realized that I didn’t leave much time for my workout. So I made it quick. Starting with a speed of 6.0 on my Deathmill, I kept increasing my speed every minute or so until I finished a mile at 7.4 speed. It took 8:44 to achieve that. Then I walked a four minute cool down. Total: 13:44, 1.25 mi.


Weigh-in Take 2

While I’ve had another big setback lately, I’m also working with new tools. In this case, I’m referring to a new scale. (The old one would produce different numbers, even if you just stepped off of it and got right back on.) The new scale is by Omron. When I reluctantly climbed on it today, let me share what I learned about my current pathetic state.

Weight: self-explanatory and currently is 167# (32# left to lose).

BMI: body mass index and currently is 28.3 (I have quite a journey to get below 25)

Body muscle %(bum): currently only 24.4%. Truly sad.

Resting metabolism: This should be the calories I’m burning while at rest. This makes no sense as it suggests that I burn 1460 calories at rest. Ummmm maybe if I was Michael Phelps.

Body age: another self-explanatory and currently 56. Seriously, this is eight years older than my chronological age.

Visceral fat: the fat surrounding one’s abs and other internal organs.  The number should be 1-12. I’m currently have the  #8. Not bad but not great.

I need improvements across the board. 

Plan B, Or is it Plan Z?

In my previous post, I wrote of my new plan of attack. As research continues (I’ll officially start on Monday), I am starting see many potential snags in my upcoming regime. For example, during Phase One of the Dash Diet, I will not be able to eat any grains or fruits for two weeks. Due to the lack of blood sugar that will be in my blood, it recommends not exercising for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Pfft! Like that’s going to happen! I will just have to figure out how not to pass out. Also, it mentions that I can eat sugar-free jello and the like. Consider I get migraines any time I consume most sugar substitutes, THAT is not going to happen either. Another point of contention, it states it is unnecessary to count calories on this diet. I can’t not do it.

I can hear you now. If there are so many issues with this diet, then why do it? There are just as many, if not more,  reasons why I want to include this diet in my approach. First of all, it is considered one of the best diets out there for heart health. Secondly, it’s completely logical and with the exception of the first two weeks, it’s completely doable. Thirdly, it is a  mostly plant-based diet that I am looking forward to returning to. Finally, combined with the GI Diet, drinking copious amounts of water and sticking to a strict exercise regime; I know I will get my body, my health into amazing shape!

Pushing it in the Pain Cave & Setbacks

Let me start out with the positive. This morning I ran through the forest (albeit virtually) on the Deathmill in the Pain Cave. It was a glorious 65 minute, 6.23 mi interval run. It was six intervals of 5.7-5.9 for 9 minutes/ 5.4-5.6 for 1 minute. Followed by five minutes at a 6.0 speed. It was beautiful! Totals 70 minutes (gotta have a cool down); 6.47 miles.

Now, the not so good news. Last week I had my semiannual blood test. I have a long history with high cholesterol and have had to take medication most of my adult life. I’ve been able to be Lipitor-free. Sadly, that is no longer the case. I shall spare you the grisly details of all of the numbers but just know that it is the worst numbers I ever had and total cholesterol was 264. Well many cuss words were spoken by me as I received the news, and my wake up call arrived. I promptly started my research. After 24 hours, I have come up with a game plan: combine the Dash Diet with the Low G.I. Diet, amp up the exercise and water and keep track every day with My Fitness Pal app. Then, at my next blood test in October, well see how I did.


Garbage Day Run …. Phew

So this morning’S run was brought to you by the sanitation system. It was a little cool and foggy, overall it was a delightful run. Lovely…. with one exception: it was garbage day in the community. The run was odoriferous two times over. I either ran down the street where the trucks hadn’t come yet, so a long stream of overflowing, delicious smelling bins or the trucks themselves passed me. Almost overwhelming me to the point of a loss of consciousness (no, not THAT bad).it was only 40 minutes, 3.61 mi.

Beautiful but not the best

Today’s run was brought to you by the great outdoors. Yes, today is the first lovely weather day in a long time. So obviously I ran outside but made a couple made a stupid mistakes. One, I grossly overdressed. What a should have worn: short sleeve top and capris. What I wore instead: running tights, long sleeve shirt and light running jacket. Second mistake, I started out too fast and had to take a few walking breaks. Overall, I loved it! 45 minutes/4.15 mi/ 10:53 pace. Not too bad all things considered.

Running in the cave

Today’s workout is another run brought to you from the Deathmill in the Pain Cave. I went for a virtual 45 minute run through a luscious, beautiful forest preserve. Truth to be told, the forest sights were virtual but the running was very real. Running half of the journey at a moderate 5.5 speed. Then I kicked it up a notch to 5.6 mph for ten minutes. Then, for the last leg of my adventure, I decided to really push it and increased my speed .1 for each minute (5.7-6.6). My mileage at the end of my run was 4.25 mi. After my five minute cool down, my total distance was 4.52. Not too bad before 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

Mother Nature Workout

Today’s workout is brought to you by Mother Nature and her occasionally wicked sense of humor.  Now mind you, I live in the Midwest and spring weather varies at best… but I was far from happy to have it snow last night and today (and most likely tomorrow as well). After all, it is mid-March. I want spring!!!

That said, knowing that I needed to get a workout only in. Today I ignored my snowblower and I shoveled. Before traipsing out into the snow in my snow pants and the rest of my winter attire, I clicked on my weighted workout vest. After properly dressing myself I not only shoveled my driveway, but most of my neighbor’s as well. I would have much rather ran on my deathmill in the Pain Cave, but when nature calls (in this case, Mother Nature), sometimes you have to adjust your workouts.

By taking tomorrow off, I hope to achieve a double workout day and combine today’s missed workout and tomorrow’s prescribed workout. Who knows? With tomorrow’s predicted snow accrual, I just may get three workouts in. Oh boy! 😦


Run from the Pain Cave

Today’s run is brought to you by the deathmill in the Pain Cave. I cued up some tropical scenes on the television and blasted some bass-thumping motivational running music on the iPod and away I went.

I ran for an hour averaging a 5.5mph speed until the last 5 minutes. That’s when I really kicked things up, escalating my pace from 6.5-7.2mph. When all was said and done 5.6 mi. After my cool down,   my total mileage 5.86.

On a side note, I’m becoming more and more frustrated with myself. I want to lose the rest of the weight, to run better and to be stronger… but I so easily fall from grace. To eat bad things, blow off workouts and find myself giving up so easily. Two years ago I lost almost 60# in one year. I know I can do it, I just need to be put my heart and soul into it and stay committed.