Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Challenge II - Tani vs Eric: And The Winner Is...

I don't see a loser here. Do you?
Nearly four weeks after we began our little competition we are done. Thankfully! As much fun as this is, I have made it clear by now that I am not all that comfortable living my life this way. I don't like restraints, rules or guidelines. I prefer freedom. Funny, I guess I was free to choose to do this. Be that as it may, it has been fun and there is nothing wrong with winning:) Especially when I can now claim the title "King Of The World".

One little side note to be fair. Tani spent nearly all week home with Isla who has been sick. No working out for 4 days and she still stuck with it and gave it her all.

Tani here.....I am not going to lie, I am disappointed with the results.  I do NOT like losing!  I'm sure if I had spent the last 2 months of 2012 (and not just the month of December) packing it on, this competition would have been a lot closer.  Talk about an unfair advantage!  In all seriousness, so I'm not "the" winner, but I still come out a winner.  I feel fantastic.  I'm stronger, leaner, faster and in the best shape of my life.  I am going to continue with the Beyond Diet plan while enjoying wine and my favorite foods in moderation.  So congratulations to my husband, the "King Of The World"!

Measurable results are below. What is not, is how great we feel. Not only from this competition, but generally from living a fun, active life. Peace E


Tani
1.1.2013
1.27.2013
Total Loss
% Loss
Weight
131 lbs
125 lbs
6 lbs
4.6%
Waist at belly button
30”
28”
2”
6.7%
Waist at largest circumference
33.5”
31.5”
2”
6.0%
Right Thigh
21”
20.5”
0.5”
2.4%
Right Bicep
11”
11”
0
0%

Eric
1.1.2013
1.27.2013
Total Loss
% Loss
Weight
173.2 lbs
163 lbs
9.2 lbs
5.8%
Waist at belly button
37”
34.5”
2.5”
6.8%
Waist at largest circumference
37.5”
34.5”
3”
8.0%
Right Thigh
22.25”
21.5”
0.75”
3.4%
Right Bicep
13.25”
12.5”
0.75”
5.7%

Thursday, January 24, 2013

EG's Running Tips #38 Find Your Sweet Spot

A while back I wrote an opinion based on my experience about running hills and if that in fact will make you faster. Lately I feel like there have been an abundance of postings, articles etc. about the high mileage runner and varying opinions as to whether high mileage is necessary to be a successful runner, regardless of your preferred distance. The one overwhelming response when it comes to elite runners would seem to be yes. The coaches say so, the runners do so and I would imagine in typical fashion most average runners at least attempt, to follow suit. "Well shit, if that runner is doing it and winning races, that must be the thing to do." Right?

Uhhh, No! I will go out on a limb here and say that for most of us, make that nearly all of us there is no way putting in 100 plus or even 150 plus miles per week is "the right thing to do" or even realistic.  So what is the right thing to do? As I always say, you need to determine what works for you. I think taking the recommendations of others and breaking them down by trial and error to determine your optimum level of training is the way to go. I define optimum as more than just performance on race day, but also performance everyday. A few questions to ask yourself may be:
  1. How do you feel physically?  Are you sore and tired or do you feel ready to go?
  2. Are you mentally ready? Excited / nervous to race or could you care less?
  3. Are you looking forward to training most days or are you dreading the thought of it?
  4. Is it adversely affecting your home life or work production?
Push the limits in all directions, both too little and too much. That is how you find your sweet spot. After 5 years of trying to find my sweet spot, I think I may be close. The reason I feel this way?

Relatively injury free
Excited to train
Excited to race
My family and friends are supportive
I am driven to improve, yet satisfied with what I have accomplished
I am happy

By the way, I have only run more than 80 miles in a training week once, and 70 miles a few times. The majority of my training this past year was in the 55 to 65 mile per week range at peak. I ran about 20% fewer miles in 2012 than in 2010 and 2011 while running my fastest 50 miler by 20 minutes, missing a marathon pr by under 1 minute (I did not even train specifically for that) and completed Badwater. I say less mileage with focus.

I hope everyone finds their sweet spot!

Peace

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Week 3 - The Challenge II Tani vs Eric

Thankfully the 3rd week is now complete. I say that because it means there is only one week left and I can't wait to go about my daily routine without this routine.  Don't get me wrong, the competition aspect of this with Tani is a blast. It's always cool doing something together and the banter around the house is always comical. Mostly we accuse each other of trying to sabotage the other's efforts through suggestion or down right cheating. I also find it interesting to see how we each react to changes in our diet. Do we feel better, worse, happier, more irritable and so on.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Tani is a rock when it comes to this and I am a grumpy bastard. Hmm...I wonder if she just has a better game face than me.

Below are our charts for the week. Hope everyone has a great week and we are excited to crown a champion seven days from now. Tani has still not decided what she is playing for but as a reminder I am playing for "King of the World".

DAY 13
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
4 mile run
So much for feeling good. Sick now. Today was a rest day anyway.
Breakfast

Asparagus Omelet
1 slice Ezekial Bread
4 Strawberries
Raman noodle soup
Snack #1

2 oz Ham
1/2 Pepper
none
Lunch

3 oz Chicken
1 cup Sweet Potato Cauliflower Puree
1 cup sauteed Spinach
Raman noodle soup
Snack #2

2 mini Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffins
1/2 Pepper
1/4 red pepper
Dinner

Spoon Restaurant
Avocado Salad
1/4 cup Edamame
2 pcs Yellowtail Sashimi
1 Live Scallop Sashimi
Salmon Skin Hand Roll (Brown Rice)
1/2 cup sauteed String Beans
Spoon Restaurant
12 piece sushi
1/2 roll
edamame
2 saketinis to kill the cold:)
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
2 cups Tea
70 oz Water
1 Peach Mango Vita Coco
2 cups coffee
1 cup tea
60 oz water
Comments

Struggled a bit with my speed workout this morning.  My legs are still pretty tired.  Otherwise, I’m feeling pretty good, healthy and strong.  I’m never hungry, but I am starting to crave sweets and pizza!!  Is it February yet?
Bummed to be sick as I was hitting my stride. Hopefully will feel better tomorrow.

DAY 14
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
Extreme Endurance Class
(High intensity cardio bursts, strengthening and core exercises)
No workout still sick
Breakfast

2 Eggs
1 cup sauteed Broccoli and Peppers
1 slice Ezekial Bread
2 eggs
1 cup sauteed broccoli and peppers
1 slice Ezekial Bread
Snack #1

2 HB Eggs
7 Carrots
1 oz Raw Almonds
7 Carrots
1 Pear
Lunch

1 1/2 cups Brown Rice Pasta with Short Rib Sauce
Green Salad with chicken
1 small chicken noodle soup
Snack #2

2 mini Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffins
1 Green Apple
1 oz raw almonds
6 baby carrots
Dinner

1 cup Vegetable Stir fry
3 oz Grilled Turkey
1/2 cup Brown Rice
1 cup Vegetable Stir fry
3 oz Grilled Turkey and 3 oz Shrimp
1 cup Brown Rice
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
1 cup Tea
70 oz Water
1 Peach Mango Vita Coco
60 oz Water
3 Cups Coffee
1 tropical punch Vita Coco
3 beers
Comments

I hurt my foot yesterday while stepping into the garage.  It was so stupid and it hurts like hell!  To top it off, I gained half a pound.  I am really frustrated and disappointed.  I guess the one positive is that I was able to finish out today’s workout.  I thought for sure I was going to have to walk out (that’s how much it hurts).  Kickboxing Boot Camp tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to punching the hell out of the heavy bag!
Still have a bit of a cold/flu or whatever this is. Going to push myself tomorrow to run even if I am not 100%.

DAY 15
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
10 min Spin Bike
TRX
5 miles w hill repeats
Breakfast

1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1/2 Tomato
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1/2 cup Blueberries
1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1/2 Tomato
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1 banana
Snack #1

2 HB Eggs
1 mini Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffin
2 oz ham
Lunch

3 oz Chicken
1/2 Avocado
1 cup Brown Rice w/ Salsa
green salad with chicken, cucumber, avocado, tomato, oil and red vinegar.
Snack #2

2 oz Turkey
7 Carrots
1 mini Blueberry Banana Quinoa Muffin
1 oz Almonds (at Movie Theater)
7 baby carrots
1 oz almonds
Dinner

8 oz Salmon Burger
2 cups Sweet Potato Fries
popcorn during movie date with Tani
wedge salad w blue cheese
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
60 oz Water
1 glass Pinot Noir
3 cups coffee
80 oz water
1 tropical punch Vita Coco
3 beers
Comments

Snow day for the kids, boot camp cancelled :(  Tried TRX for the 2nd time today.  It was okay.  Date night.  I brought almonds to the movie theater so I could splurge and enjoy a glass of wine at dinner.  It was probably close to 10 by the time we ate dinner and I ate a lot!  :(
Crazy day, eating was all over the place. So glad to be feeling better. Good run this morning, great date with Tani tonight.

DAY 16
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
Vinyasa Yoga
5 miles
Breakfast

2 scrambled Eggs
1 cup Asparagus and Red Pepper
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1/2 cup Blueberries
2 scrambled Eggs
1 cup Asparagus and Red Pepper
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1/2 cup Blueberries
Snack #1

1/2 cup of Mixed Fruit (Berries, pineapple, honeydew and cantaloupe)
1 HB Egg
6 baby carrots
1 oz raw almonds
Lunch

3 oz Chicken
1/2 Avocado
1 cup Brown Rice w/ Salsa
green salad with shrimp and chicken
Snack #2

3 mini Quinoa Muffins
1/2 Red Pepper
10 baby carrots
1 oz raw almonds
Dinner

1 cup Chicken and Butter Beans
1/2 cup Brown Rice
2 cups Chicken and Butter Beans
1 cup brown rice
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
60 oz Water
3 cups coffee
100 oz water
1 tropical fruit Vita Coco
1 vodka, 1 beer
Comments

Gained a pound.  I figured I would after last night’s dinner.  Tried my best to stay on course today, primarily focusing on my portions.  I had a great practice today despite my very sore legs.  Tomorrow’s run is going to be tough.  
Up late last night on date night so did not work out until the evening. Overall feeling good.

DAY 17
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
5 mile run
30 min spin 30 min boot camp
Breakfast

AGF Chicken Sausage
1 cup Asparagus
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1 cup asparagus
1 slice Munster Cheese
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1 banana
Snack #1

1 oz Almonds
2 oz turkey
6 baby carrots
1/2 green apple
Lunch

3 oz Turkey
1 cup Spinach
Green salad, chicken, cucs, tomato, celery, avocado, oil and red vinegar.
Snack #2

2 oz Ham
6 Carrots
1 Pear
6 baby carrots
1 oz raw almonds
Dinner

Salad
4 oz Filet
1 small Sweet Potato
1/2 cup Broccoli
1 small piece of Banana Quinoa Bread
8 oz steak
1 sweet potato
1/2 cup broccoli
green salad w avocado
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
2 cups Tea
80 oz Water
1 Peach Mango Vita Coco
80 oz Water
3 Cups Coffee
4 Beers (its Friday:)
Comments

Gained another pound!  WTF?  Having a hard time staying on track and motivated.  I know it’s just a number, but I’m really frustrated.
Feeling great today. Decent night’s sleep. Awesome workout this morning! Looking forward to a great run tomorrow but for the near single digit temps.

DAY 18
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
Rest Day
14.75 mile run
2 gels
Breakfast

1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1 cup Broccoli
1 slice Ezekial Bread
3 Strawberries
2 fried eggs
1 cup spinach
1 slice Munster cheese
1 slice Ezekial bread
Snack #1

1 oz Almonds
5 Carrots
a few carrots and raw almonds
Lunch

1/2 Burger
1 cup Asparagus
1 cup Sweet Potato Fries
1/2 Burger
1 cup Asparagus
1 cup Sweet Potato Fries
Snack #2

2 oz Turkey
1/2 cup Veggie Chili
nothing, took a nap
Dinner

Salad
1 cup Brown Rice Pasta
1 cup Marinara w/ Turkey
1/2 cup sauteed Spinach
Salad
1 cup Brown Rice Pasta
1 cup Marinara w/ Turkey
1/2 cup sauteed Spinach
Fluids

2 cups Coffee
1 cup Tea
1 glass Sauvignon Blanc
60 oz Water
2 cups coffee
100 oz water
1 Cafe Coco Coconut Water
many beers, we went bowling and everyone knows bowling requires drinking.
Comments

Decided to rest today and do my “long run” tomorrow.  
I still feel a little uneasy or anxious because I am with holding from many of the cravings I am having. I don’t eat a lot of sweets but when I do want them I usually have them. Been craving ice cream. Next week it will be mine.


DAY 19
Tani
Eric
Daily Workout
6 mile run
13.75 mile run (treadmill)
2 gels 1 serving HEED
Breakfast

1 AGF Chicken Sausage
1 slice Ezekial Bread
1/4 cup Blueberries
2 eggs w/ cup veggie chili
1 slice Ezekial bread
Snack #1

2 oz Turkey
2 Carrots
1 red apple

Lunch

Turkey, kale and brown rice soup
Turkey, kale and brown rice soup
Snack #2

2 oz Ham
1 Pear
nothing
Dinner

4 oz grilled Chicken and Shrimp
2 cups sauteed Vegetables
1 cup Brown Rice
4 oz grilled Chicken and Shrimp
2 cups sauteed Vegetables
1 cup Brown Rice
Fluids

80 oz Water
2 Cups Coffee
1 Peach Mango Vita Coco
1/2 Tropical Punch Vita Coco
1 glass of Red Wine

2 cups coffee
100 oz water
1 large Tropical Punch Vita Coco
4 beers
Comments

Happy with my training so far.  My hip was bothering me and I considered stopping at 4, but I pushed through.  Feel good for getting it done. Trying not to obsess so much about the number on the scale, but it’s hard for me.  
Despite being sick at the beginning of the week I feel rebounded well and feel great. Some solid runs this weekend and looking forward now to ramping up for the spring season. Mostly looking forward to being crowned champion next Sunday:)
 
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