April was Abs month

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.

The state of my abs early April

The state of my abs early April

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.

Abs early May

Abs early May

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.

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