Monthly Archives: March 2014

I’m in a rut….but that’s a good thing, right?

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Some call it a rut, others call it a habit and some would call it a rhythm.   It’s all about your attitude.  A “rut” carries a very negative connotation, while a rhythm usually carries a very positive aura…… but they are exactly the same thing.

I’ll say I’m in a rut and I like it.  My running schedule is working out very well with various distances run throughout the week with 1 day of rest (Friday).  On Sunday, I always have my LSD (Long Slow Distance) run, and it’s become quite enjoyable.  I still have not had a heel strike since I started forefoot running on December 26, 2013.  My joints, muscles all thank me for switching to proper running technique.

I’ve also developed a bit of a rut around my eating habits.  The general rules, as per Tim Ferris, are as follows:

  1. Avoid “white” carbohydrates (or anything that can be white)
    …this one is huge!  All I have to do is stay away from white sugar and white flour.  It’s tough if you don’t pay due diligence, but once you start understanding the evils of the simple carbohydrates, it becomes easier as you realize how important this rule is to the potential diabetic.
  2. Eat the same few meals over and over again
    …for a guy, this is easy.  Bev just can’t understand how I would be satisfied to have the same meal twice in a row.  I don’t mind at all….. it makes meal planning that much easier, ergo, it makes staying on the program easier.  I like easy.
  3. Don’t drink calories
    …water is good.  Juice is terrible.  Juice is just a poorly disguised white sugar… a simple carbohydrate with the same evils as white sugar or white flour.  I really enjoy coffee, and I enjoy cream in my coffee, so that is the one indulgence I continue to enjoy.
  4. Don’t eat fruit
    …sounds terrible, right?  But fruit is just another way of administering the simple sugars we need to stay away from.  While we need about 250+ grams of carbohydrates per day, we should not have more than 25 grams of simple (white) carbohydrates a day…a banana has 23 grams, an orange has 12 grams, an apple has 14 grams.  If we “waste” our simple calorie intake on 2 or 3 pieces of fruit, we’re over our recommended limit without anything else.
  5. Take one day off per week and go nuts!
    …I love this rule…. and it’s got a wonderful effect.  If I develop a craving, I can always wait until my “go nuts” day, which is usually Friday.  Bev and I will go our for an off the charts meal on Friday evening, and we simply don’t worry about the rules.

So… that’s my eating “rut”…. I like it.  I feel great, and since I’ve got my weight down my fasting blood sugars are always below 5.6.  My body is starting to thank me.

I haven’t presented the stats recently… here goes:
Weight today – 183.4 lbs
Fasting Blood sugar this morning: 4.6

My running plan has me at 21 miles this week (20 last week), and my general plan has me increasing my distance by about 10% per week.  My first “race” is the Vancouver Sun Run on April 27, which has been billed as the most popular 10k race with approximately 50,000 participants.  My goal is a 42 minute 10k.  The weather has been so nasty I haven’t had much of a chance to test my times as most of my runs have been on the treadmill, and when they are outdoors, the underfoot is so icy I concentrate on form vs speed.  I’m looking forward to some nicer weather, hopefully I can resume training outside before the end of March.  The picture at the top of this post is what our driveway (the start of my outdoor run) looked like yesterday…. we received a lot more snow over night, so it looks worse today!!!

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