This is a permanent change but I want set a 8 week challenge to see what I can do if I push myself for 8 weeks to jumpstart this lifestyle change.
The Lifestyle ChangeI am thoroughly convinced that long-term health, energy and well being are directly related to the types of foods we consume. For many years I have eaten relatively healthy but I could never get the right amount of calories from protein and carbohydrates dialed in to achieve my fitness goals. I also ate an enormous amount of red meat, poultry and dairy while trying to fuel my body as I exercised. So many people have health related issues from the food they are eating. Whether it is heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes I don't want to be one of those statistics later in life.
I just finished the book "Finding Ultra" by Rich Roll. It is an awesome read and I highly recommend it for people who are trying to make a change or break through a wall. It will inspire you to push forward and find ways to achieve your goals.
The main thing I took away from the book was that you can train at a very high level (I’m talking elite athlete level) fueled solely on a plant-based diet. Not only that, but some believe that a plant-based diet actually increases performance and reduces recovery time. Rich, a former competitive collegiate swimmer, realized at age 40 that his health and standard American diet, was a contributing factor his the decline of his health. Within 2 years of changing his diet Rich completed a Ultraman: a three-day race covering 320 miles on the big island of Hawaii, including a 10-kilometer swim, more than 260 miles by bike and a double marathon run. Rich proved that you can excel as an athlete while not consuming the red meat and poultry that the fitness industry tells us we need in order to be a “real” athlete.
While Rich follows a strictly vegan diet, I feel that, given my travel schedule over the next 8 weeks, that would be setting myself up for failure. For my challenge, I will eat a mostly vegetarian diet but I will occasionally have some fish and I will continue to eat eggs. I am removing dairy products where I can but will not get crazy when I am eating out and the chef cooks with butter or cheese. All the foods I eat will be logged in My Fitness Pal and you will be able to see my daily intake when I post the diary into my blog.
I plan to weight train every other day to allow my body to recover while also leaving time to do longer runs. I recently completed my first half marathon this past November and I never really thought that was something I could do. I finished in 2:07 and got the itch to work towards completing another one in less than 2 hours. My cardio will consist of quarter mile sprints and speed work on my weight training days and long runs on my off days. I would like to be over 25 miles a week and be pushing for over 30 miles week when I am 3 months out from a scheduled race.
Here’s my current workout plan:
Monday - 3 mile speed run - Chest and Legs
Tuesday - 5 mile run - Abdominals
Wednesday - 3 mile speed run - Back and Biceps
Thursday - 5 mile run - Abdominals
Friday - 3 mile speed run - Shoulders and Triceps
Saturday - 8 or more mile run
Sunday - rest or make up long run
Goals For 2015
This challenge has an immediate goal (to improve my fitness) but it’s also part of bigger goals – my 2015 goals. I’ve outlined those goals below.
1. Run a Half Marathon in less than 2 hours
2. Complete a Marathon
3. Bench Press My Body Weight 10 Times
4. 10 Pull Ups
5. 170 pounds and 10% Body Fat
I look forward to posting my progress on here but also hope to hear from some of you – what are your 2015 goals? How do you plan to get there? Tell me in the comments or shoot me an email – I’d love to hear from you!
Weight – 185 lbs
Body Fat – 21.4%
Body Mass Index – 26.5%
Chest – 42”
Waist – 35”
Right Bicep – 12”
Left Bicep – 12”
Right Quadriceps – 22”
Left Quadriceps – 22”
Right Calf – 15 ¼”
Left Calf – 14 3/4 “
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