Having whittled down the pounds to 160 by late summer, I let things slip a bit, and then took a long trip to Africa (hardly any running!), with predictable outcome: back to 173 pounds, body fat percentage way up there. I don't even want to look at the bodyfat measuring calipers right now.
So we are essentially back where we started in early April this year. Nice, real nice... :-(
I guess the only way out of this is to get a jumpstart on New Year's resolutions by starting a 100 day weight loss program today. Nothing like the present. So here goes with Day #1.
Pretty decent nutrition with raisin bran for breakfast, a veggieburger for lunch, some leftover udon noodles and edame for a snack, and Cuban black bean stew & brown rice with some steamed corn for dinner. Just white tea and water otherwise.
Plenty of exercise. One hour session (mostly arms, chest & some abs) with the personal trainer and 5.44 miles running (approx. 10 minute pace) with Leopold and Lewis. It is almost a resistance workout running with those two; they are constantly dragging me in the direction of other dogs, rabbits or squirrels. Fortunately not under a bus yet. Have to do something about Leopold's dog-agressive behaviour. He is such a sweet animal, just adorable but must have had a bad experience with another dog sometime in his past. Where is the dog whisperer guy when you need him. I haven even seen him on TV lately. Been watching too many episodes of Dexter.
100 days of weight loss, incidentally, is the title of an e-book I found on Amazon/Kindle.
One of the things you have to do is to write down 10 reasons why you want to lose the weight. Ten might a few too many but I can think of 5:
1) To improve my running speed. In about 5 months I will be entering a new age bracket and it will likely be my last best chance to do some damage in the age group competition. But not if I look like Jared when he was still wearing those big big pants.
2) Fit into my clothes. A couple of years ago I had a bunch of my pants taken in by 2 inches or so. I can't very well go back to the same tailor person now and stupidly ask for them to be taken out again. So suck it up buttercup and drop the elbees.
3) See my abs one last time. Yeah there comes a time when abs disappear for good: unless I uncover them pretty quickly they will go the way of the Edsel and the manual typewriter, or join Jimmy Hoffa in an undisclosed location, never to be seen again.
4) Be able to run without a shirt next spring/summer.
5) Maintain good health. Too much blubber around the middle and my cholesterol is bound to increase beyond acceptable levels, and I definitely do not want to have issues with borderline high blood sugar levels again.
Weight today: 173
Bodyfat percentage: In denial, will check tomorrow.