In March I went to Vegas for the first time and had a blast. Vegas was everything I thought it was going to be, with a sprinkling of adventure for good measure. However, endless pancakes, cheap street booze and all types of entertainment can take a toll on the body. I wanted to reboot myself and get this old war horse I call a body into some sort of shape other than soft. I decided to name April Abs Month.
During my thirty years, I’ve never really paid attention to what I eat. My parents use to buy me blocks of chocolate for Christmas and I’ve been known to eat family size portions of pasta in one sitting. Not that I really ate poorly, I just didn’t eat that well. The first thing I looked at was my diet. I tried to cut out bread and wheat as much as possible. Lots of veggies and lean meats and no cream sauces. I picked up energy bars, almonds and walnuts for snacks at work instead of eating two lunches. I eat a standalone salad almost every day. On top of that, I’ve been making a breakfast shake. The main ingredient is Vega One, a meal replacement / protein shake. The Vega products in general have been really good at keeping my energy up and helping my push through my workouts.
I get up at 5am to do Insanity, and do a workout at lunch time. No every day, but I’m getting my heart rate up close to 10 times a week. I dropped about 10 lb in a month doing this. My abs still need some work, but I’m pretty happy with their progress. Yesterday I went for a run, something that I haven’t done in a while. I had a huge improvement in time and there was a very noticeable change in my cardio. My goal during my runs has been to keep my pace under 6 min/km. Looks like I can lower that to 5:30 min/km.
- Feb 18 – 8.0 km Pace 6:10 min/km
- Mar 29 – 7.01 km Pace 5:45 min/km
- May 2 – 8.02 km Pace 5:23 min/km
Now the real training begins. I’ve got another month of Insanity, then it’s full on training for the Spartan Race. I’m going to murder that course.