Sounds a little out-there to me, but I'm going to give it a shot.
It is almost impossible to describe what this “diet” (it's not really a diet) does. A UC Berkeley professor named Seth Roberts claims to have found a way to trick the legacy brain into thinking it needs to weigh less. (Which means “lower your set point”, for those who are familiar with that term).
- It does not cause you to suddenly burn more calories.
- It does not increase your metabolism.
- It is not a drug.
- It does not require counting calories.
- It does not require changing what you eat (although for many people, it will anyway)
- It does not require exercise (although I'm always going to strongly recommend it!)
During the peak of my weight loss, I was limiting myself to about a 1,300 calorie a day diet. However, it had nothing to do with health or life extension; I just wanted to lose weight.
“With the oldest members of the baby boomer generation about to turn 60, demographic trend watchers aren't surprised to see a rise in interest surrounding diet and health pursuits associated with extending life expectancy.
Myriad diet books on the market promise age-reversing effects through such techniques as copying the culinary habits of Okinawans, studying one's DNA or downing voluminous amounts of supplements and eating plenty of fruits and veggies. But caloric restriction, an age-extending technique that has been shown to work quite well on mice and other organisms, is an increasingly popular option”
My friend Al sent this site to me today. This guy is actually walking cross-country, from San Diego to New York, to help him lose weight and get his life back in order. Inspiring!!
“My Name is Steve Vaught, (born Stephen James Liller in Youngstown, Ohio). I am a 39 year old, happily married father of two great kids and I have a pretty good life here in Southern California. You would think that I would be happy because of these things, but I am not. I am not happy because I am fat and being fat makes every day unhappy.”
Training begins July 3rd! I'm shooting for 2:30 this year!
Before starting to train for a Half Marathon, you need to possess a basic fitness level. And if you are over age 35, you probably should see your doctor for a physical examination. But assuming no major problems, most healthy people can train themselves to complete a 13.1-mile race.
Nothing to see here...
Weight holding steady at 225-ish. The holidays have been crazy. I promise I'll get back into the gym in a week or two. For now, I have too much work to finish.
So, out of general laziness this weekend, I ended up lying around quite a bit. In fact, many hours passed by where I used virtually none of my muscles. It's not something I'm proud of, but it happened. In any case, since I didn't really move, I didn't really eat either. So, I'm back under 220. My plan is to go to the gym tomorrow, and possibly Friday. So close!!
I'm getting close!!
Peoples Choice Ideal Weight: 197
This shows the average weight that other people of your Age, Height, Weight and Gender would describe as their ideal weight.
Well, as you can see from the weight charts, things have not been going well. Vacation, the change in weather, the outcome of the election, and other factors have conspired to make me turn to my biggest comfort in life — food. I've stepped back and taken a look at this from a different perspective, and I'm going to make a concerted effort over the next couple weeks to reverse the current trend. Please feel free to intervene if you see me falling on old habits. Unless I'm seriously depressed, I'll probably thank you.
So, I made it across the finish line in under 3 hours, which I consider a huge victory for myself. This was important enough for me to post on my regular blog. Click the link below to read the full rundown.
Thanks for all of the encouragement and well wishes. I certainly thought about them when I was running, and it definitely helped!
If you've been watching my September weight chart, you may have noticed that I've been up a little bit lately. The reason for this is that I have officially been off of my diet for over a week now. Instead of focusing on losing weight, I'm focusing on keeping my energy and stamina up for the half-marathon. I'm doing this by consuming way more carbohydrates than normal (Atkins lovers, feel free to freak out). Fortunately, my daily runs seem to be offsetting the additional carb intake, as I haven't really gained more than a few pounds in the last week — despite gorging on a lot of carb-heavy foods.
The run takes place on the morning of September 19th, so the next few days are going to be super important. I need to make sure I get plenty of rest and plenty of food so that I can do this. Officially, I haven't run more than 7 miles at a time, but it looks like we're going to be walking at least a fifth of the marathon to make sure that we don't kill ourselves. That should make things a lot more manageable.
In other marathon news, I finally went and bought a good pair of running shoes, which I've been running with for over a week now with no problems. I also bought special insoles that redistribute your energy while running. They feel 100 times better than my trusty New Balance cross trainers, and I can't wait to see how they hold up during the actual run. My guess is that my feet will be okay, but it will likely take a few days for my legs, abs, and lower back to recover — although, we'll see. I'm planning on writing a full post-mortem after the marathon, so be sure to check back here next week for that.
Wish me luck!