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Friday, June 14, 2013

The One Where Alex Takes Over (A Weekly {ish} Installment)

I’m not really much of a blogger. My blog sits there collecting dust, only to be used when I’m in a particularly fiery or bored mood. I’m also not much of a runner. I don’t put in the requisite miles, and I only finish the races through pure determination and willpower. However, I am big on feeling good, eating well, and having fun.

This is where my life intersects with running and blogging. With all that has gone on in the last 9 months or so, I’ve found that I wasn’t feeling as good, eating as well, or having as much fun. Most of that stems from work. I work a job that is consistently stressful, unpredictable, and draining. It’s very much a great job and one that I like, but it is laden with lots of responsibility, hard work, and unknown working hours.

After trying to devote a proper amount of time to a burgeoning relationship, maintaining a menagerie of pets, and keeping up with responsibilities to church, friends, and family, I was struggling to find enough time to devote to good food, good health, and having fun.

For a while, tennis was my physical outlet. I would force myself to play, even when I had many other responsibilities looming. It got cold, and work got busy, so that stopped. Then it was a packed racing schedule. Then it was nothing. I tried biking to work, working out after work, working out over lunch, and a variety of other things, but they wouldn’t stick. My schedule was unpredictable enough that I couldn’t get into a routine. Even when the lunch workout was sticking to an extent, the near-crisis tempo of work on the runup to the wedding (trying to tie up all loose ends before i left) ended up breaking that habit 2 weeks before my time off.

Thankfully, where the exercise was lacking, the food was going well. Lauren has documented some of the dietary changes we’ve tried, and we are eating well at this point. However, eating well without working out isn’t enough, as I found out. I found my weight creeping up very slowly, even despite eating well, and working out a little bit each week.

As I alluded to before, this all came to a head during the run-up to the wedding. I was sitting at a moderately overweight, but very manageable 231.2 lbs 3 weeks before the wedding. Coming out of the honeymoon and our trip to Indy, I’m currently sitting at 253.4 lbs, a gain of 22.2 lbs in 5 weeks. This is all of 5lbs lower than my maximum weight ever, which was in high school. Granted, I’m much healthier now than I was then, I’m still a solid 50 lbs over where I feel comfortable calling myself “a healthy weight”.

Here’s the plan. Throughout the summer I’m going to work hard to get to 200 lbs, getting to a healthier weight and establishing good habits which will be necessary when I start law school at the end of August.  I’ll also shoot to be in shape to set a PR of at least 8 minutes at a fall half marathon (My current PR is 2:18). I’ll also try to document my progress weekly (give or take), as I go through the journey of getting rid of all this extra weight and get into better shape. My goal date is August 31st.

I picked up running when I was not at my peak physical fitness. I’ve never run a race at less than 225 lbs, so I’m excited to see what my body can do at my college weight (195-205 lbs).

Get ready for all sorts of graphs, analysis, and detail, as I take a ton of data and process it when I work on my weight. I will likely weigh daily, and won’t hesitate to post all that data up here.

Also, and finally, I’m very much a fan of conversational blogging, and will try to monitor the comments section.



armyamy said...

I'm totally digging this! I (of course) love reading what Lauren has to say, but I'm looking forward to hearing more from Alex about his journey to lose weight and stay healthy. I wish you the best of luck! Can't wait to follow along!

Tyly said...

I'm excited about this! Thanks for joining in with Lauren, Alex! I look forward to reading all about your success!!

Suz and Allan said...

Good luck with your weight loss journey Alex! I can't wait to hear how this summer goes for you. I'm confident that a big PR is in store for you.