It’s been about 6 weeks since I completed the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13th!
As soon as I crossed the finish line with my brother, Joey, I told him, “I am not going to do this again unless I have lost 60 lbs. at the time of registration.”
“Sixty pounds? But registration is in February! You can’t lose 60 lbs. by then.”
“Oh, well! I guess I won’t be running in 2014! Ha ha!”
I’ve heard it said and have read that a runner may experience ‘post marathon blues‘ after completing such an accomplishment. This is typically due to having a race goal to work towards for so many months and now, nothing. I might relate it having lost a sense of purpose or significance. I would guess that no one willing desires to experience this, myself included. I knew I needed to do something!
I set a weight loss goal of losing 60 lbs at an average of 5 lbs a month. That would work out to reaching my goal weight by the end of October of 2014. I thought that going back to what I was familiar with would be the best solution. In 2010, I participated in a program called Body-for-Life (BFL) created by Bill Phillips. Essentially, it is a 12 week program whereby you exercise 6 times a week with structured interval training exercises, you eat 6 times a day with healthy portions of food combinations focusing on the right carbs and proteins, and you track your progress in a journal. Back then, I lost close to 25 lbs. It just makes sense that I would repeat something that was proven to work. So, after taking a week off of any activity I started my 12 week trek towards the 60 lb peak!
Thanks for following my progress!