Well, it’s been 26 weeks, 182 days, 6 months, and I’m almost half way through my goal. My goal to run 500 miles in 2015 has been a challenge, certainly filled with ups and downs, but I’m proud to say I’m just about on track.
I came across this interesting article on Medium the other day that challenges the link between exercise and weight loss. As someone who has struggled a bit with fluctuating weight and has mixed in combinations of diet and exercise, I think I might have to agree.
A few years back I did the Insanity workout with Shaun T. I did it religiously, every day for 63 days. The net result? I only lost about 4 pounds. There are a few caveats here, though. I did NOT follow the diet. I didn’t eat terribly, but I wasn’t watching calories either. I also think I gained muscle and lost fat. I certainly looked better, but my weight didn’t change much.
I love to run, or at least, that’s what I keep telling myself.
I didn’t really start to “run” until a few years ago. Before that I used to exercise, mountain bike, play basketball, even go for the occasional jaunt on the treadmill, but it was always seasonal. I never found something that became habitual to me.
How about diets? Sure, I’ve tried them all. Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, low-carb, low-fat, shakes for lunch. I even tried taking “metabolism boosting pills” before I got married. Some of them worked. At one point I lost almost 40 pounds with the South Beach Diet (218 lbs to 179 lbs), which I was psyched about. But inevitably, I gained most of it back. My wife would complain because I’d be super strict for two months, lose a ton of weight, and then for the next three months I’d fall back into my old ways (bagels for breakfast and D’Angelo #9s for lunch). It was a constant struggle.
Then I started RUNNING, and it changed everything.