I’m sure there have been times when I have railed upon the idea of counting my daily caloric intake, but, if nothing else, I too can be a hypocrite.
I started counting my calories a week and a half ago after I got one of those futuristically fancy smartphones. One of my first, and few, downloads was the ‘MyFitnessPal‘ app. Just typing these words makes my skin crawl.
The main reason I wanted to count my calories prior to downloading the app was so I could get a better idea of what I was consuming. Now, I haven’t necessarily accounted for every morsel I’ve consumed the last 1.5 weeks, but I’ve been pretty steady and don’t lie about portions either. The biggest shock to me so far was the pure amount of calories in rice and meat at the levels I was consuming them.
Another feature of the app is that I can enter in my running and biking and it automatically accounts for my height and weight and adjusts the amount of calories I ‘should’ consume on that particular day.
When I set-up the app, I chose the ‘lose 2 lbs. a week’ option, which is an aggressive amount of weight to lose, but I figured that would give me enough wiggle room on a day-to-day basis.
In conclusion, I’ve been impressed with ‘MyFitnessPal’ and the amount of pre-loaded foods and exercises that they have available to make being a complete hypocritical calorie-counting a-hole that much easier.
I’ve started to add biking and swimming to my workout routine. I believe that fitness losers would call this ‘cross training’ when used in conjunction with running. I will call it ‘biking’ and ‘swimming’.
I still don’t have a particular goal in mind when it comes to biking or swimming. Doing a triathlon doesn’t really excite me that much, although an Ironman Triathlon would be something fun to possibly work towards.
As far as biking goes, I don’t think I’d ever like to do any 100% bike events. I have started to enjoy it leisurely, but I think I would need a different bike that can go faster. I’m definitely not ready to go to some wine and cheese party and start bragging about how many bones I threw down for a, pardon my tone, friggin’ bicycle.
And as for swimming? I’ve done a total of two swimming workouts, first time I’ve swam in a handful of years, and I started thinking that it would be kinda fun to enter into some adult swimming events during the winter. If such a thing exists. Not that I’m very good at it, but it does give me a good arm workout/full body workout that is a nice change of pace.
I’m thinking that my short-term goal as far as running, biking, and swimming are concerned is to build up to 205 miles total in one week by the Twin Cities Marathon (TCM) this October. In thinking about that goal, I’d put my mileages at 50 miles of running, 150 miles of biking, and 5 miles of swimming.
I realize that this is a far out there goal, but I’m giving myself about 2 months to reach it, or about the time I should start tapering for TCM. So it should be possible as long as I keep my head up and on straight; or whatever that saying is. And body healthy. And get in better shape.
If I’m able to reach this goal, I should be sitting pretty good for the TCM. At this point to reach that mileage I would need to run for a little over 7 hours, bike for about 12 hours, and swim for 10 hours in one week. That would be 29 hours in one week devoted to ‘run/bike/swim’ -ing. Now that I’ve added it up and typed it out, I do not think this goal will happen by September.
But I am a hypocrite…