Having gained some sense of control on my schedule again, it’s time to take a serious look at how I’m going to approach my target weight of 170 by the end of the year.
My weight tends to fluctuate by 5 or 6 pounds on a regular basis, but I’d say my mean weight at present is 187. That means I have about 17 pounds to go.
I started logging in to Livestrong.com again, which is a great place to track your calories consumed, as well as your calories burned. A lot of your normal foods are “VERIFIED” there, meaning that the Livestrong staff has confirmed that the input nutritional value is accurate.
So, having typed in all of my foods consumed from Saturday onwards, I’ve learned one thing for sure. I’m never eating hashed browns again. Potatoes (prepared in that manner) are simply calorie and fat machines. I’ll need to be very careful with that going forward.
My target NET calorie intake is going to be around 1500 per day while I’m trying to lose the weight. So, that means when I’m done exercising (more below), that’s where I need to end up at.
Couch 2 5K
Step 2 is getting back into running. Saturday AM, I started (and successfully completed) the first day of the Cool Running Couch 2 52k program, which is designed to get beginning runners… well, up and running.
In entering that data into Livestrong, it appears as though the first week of workouts will burn roughly 250 calories each.
C25k is a staged, gradual beginners running training program. For the first week, 3 days of my choosing, I start with a brisk 5 minute walk, and then jog for 60 seconds, walk for 90. I repeat the 60 jog/90 walk sequence for 20 minutes.
Then, you ramp up next week.
My calves were SORE for a few days after the first training, so I took 2 days off, and will do my next event tonight after work. I will keep you posted.
Old School, World War One Era Pilates
When you think of Pilates, what comes to mind? Is it overly attractive skinny women rolling around on giant balls on the floor?
That’s what I thought too. Then I started reading about Joseph Pilates. Here’s what I saw:
Pilates was a sickly child and suffered from asthma, rickets, and rheumatic fever, and he dedicated his entire life to improving his physical strength. Besides skiing frequently, he began studying body-building, yoga, “cong fu” (probably what we now call qigong), and gymnastics. By the age of 14, he was fit enough to pose for anatomical charts. Pilates came to believe that the “modern” life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He ultimately devised a series of exercises and training-techniques and engineered all the equipment, specifications, and tuning required to teach his methods properly.
Pilates was originally a gymnast, diver, and bodybuilder, but when he moved to England in 1912, he earned a living as a professional boxer, circus-performer, and self-defense trainer at police schools and Scotland Yard. Nevertheless, the British authorities interned him during World War I along with other German citizens in an internment camp on the Isle of Man. During this involuntary break, he began to intensively develop his concept of an integrated, comprehensive system of physical exercise, which he himself called “Contrology.” He studied yoga and the movements of animals and trained his fellow inmates in fitness and exercises. It is told that these inmates survived the great pandemic of 1918 due to their good physical shape.
No mention of rolling around on giant inflatable balls in there. And believe me, real Pilates is HARD. Very hard. I plan on doing it during my off days from running. And I’m not positive yet that initially I’ll even be able to pull that off.
I have been using Alisa Wyatt’s course Pilates for Men for my workouts.
Results of My Weight Loss
Obviously, this will be an ongoing saga. As my garden comes to life, and I switch to more of a vegetarian diet (I do every summer), the results should ramp up.
I plan on blogging a lot about this here, and more on my garden on another blog which I’ll share more information on later.
Wish me luck!