Welcome to Healthefficiency

I’m a researcher. If I spent as much time actually working out as I do reading about it, I wouldn’t still have tummy pudge. I love learning about things, but putting it into practice is the hard part. I’m an engineer, so I’m all about efficiency, and if I feel like I’m wasting my time, I stop doing things. This is a great way to suck at consistency. and when you’re trying to get into shape, consistency is key.

This is meant to be a journal which tracks my own exploration into getting healthy, losing weight, building muscle, and training for races — while acknowledging that I’ve got a full time job with a high stress load and a crappy schedule, a part-time graduate degree I’m meant to work on, some health issues to fight, and lots of other responsibilities, including “sleep” and “not getting so stressed I punch someone in the face.” I want to be accountable, even if it’s just to the anonymous Internet. I also want to share the stuff I’ve learned – by researching – and the stuff I’ve learned from experience.

Today is Sunday 01 July 2012, and it seems like the perfect start date for a first post. I’m setting up microgoals and macrogoals for myself — so first, let me explain what I’m working towards at the moment.

  • For my first month, I want to either lose weight or lose inches (losing pounds is not necessarily the same as getting thinner; I am okay with either). This means I’ll be trying to hit a small calorie deficit every day.
  • I am training for the Warrior Dash, which is at the end of August, so I’ll be trying to do weight training twice a week, and BodyRock (body weight HIIT-type exercise) a few times a week. This also means I am aiming for 35-40% of my calories through protein, or 1 g per bodyweight, especially on days I have done weights.
  • I am also training to run a 7.5 mi leg of a marathon relay, which is at the end of September. I’ve created a 12-week training plan using Runner’s World and my previous running experience. July will be the first month of this plan, and since I am recovering from an injury and moving into mid-minimalist running shoes, my goal this month is just to get slow base mileage back up.
  • I need to learn how to be consistent. It’s really difficult right now – I am really busy and really stressed, and fairly injured / in pain. However, that’s what BodyRock is for — the Burn workouts are only 12 minutes, but are enough of a challenge that they feel significant. On days I’m too burnt out to do a larger / longer workout, I can at least run an easy 2, or do 12 min of BodyRock.

So my Month One Macrogoals are

  1. Noticeable difference in body, either weight or inches
  2. Hit 12+ miles per week running to start off training
  3. stick with all workouts for this month (consistency is hard)

And my Week 01 Schedule is:

  • Sun: 2 mi easy run, BodyRock
  • Mon: weights (upper body)
  • Tues:5 mi tempo run
  • Wed: Rest
  • Thurs:BodyRock
  • Fri:6 mi long easy run
  • Sat:weights (legs)

This looks aggressive right now staring me in the face. But Wed/Thurs are easy — I’m exhausted from my job at that point, and I’ve found I skip workouts if they’re scheduled there, so I leave that as my “workout weekend” — and only 3 of the 13 miles have to be at any kind of speed.

We’ll see how I do.

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