All year long though I've been hovering right around the 17 percent mark. I became very focused on my running and didn't give so much thought to weight-loss.
I realized though that I've got about eight weeks until my next training cycle begins so I thought about making a more concerted effort to lose these last few pounds.
I've been reading Matt Fitzgerald's books on nutrition and he had published a "Quick Start" guide for dropping a few pounds quickly. So I bought a copy from Google Books.
His training plan rests on three main facets: calorie deficit with a high percentage of protein, hill repeats and strength training.
I began the program Monday and my official weigh-in showed 177.6 pounds and 18 percent body fat.
I did have to adjust my diet a little to accommodate the calorie deficit and the higher protein levels. But I'm really enjoying the meals we've had so far.
Monday's lunch was salmon, snap peas and a sweet potato. We've also discovered pork tenderloin. We've been wanting to try it, but just hadn't ever gotten around to it.
Like I said, he's real into the hill repeats. Thankfully there are lots of great hills around town!
The really high protein intake was a bit of a challenge. I couldn't figure out how to get it up that high without going over my calorie limit. But Fitzgerald recommends protein shakes. I tried one brand about a year ago and couldn't stomach the stuff.
I bought a can of Equate protein mix though, and this stuff I really like!
I also found these protein bars without many calories and zero sugar.
So far I like the plan very much, I feel good. I'm not terribly hungry. And I've really been meaning to work on my strength training anyway, this gives me a good framework to follow.
Also this past week, I got a new piece of gear!
It's the Ultraspire Spry 2.0. I've been thinking about a hydration vest for a while so I can carry more water and supplies as my runs get longer.
I really liked what I'd seen about this model, and when I saw it on Amazon for $33 I couldn't resist and bought one.
The weather here has been very cool lately, which has given us a very brilliant display of fall colors. I haven't seen them like this in quite some time. It's beautiful. Here's a shot from this morning's run.
I'll keep you all updated how the weight loss goes!