Sunday, February 3, 2008

Counting Calories & Running

There are two words that I never thought that would come out of my mouth - - - "counting calories"! However, as I've looked at my New Year's Resolutions that I'm still working on... I will lose some weight and lose that ugly belly of mine. If you haven't seen it, I hide it well!!!

Some news in the proverbial battle of the bulge...
  • My company, Fellowship Technologies, is having a Biggest Loser contest to see who loses the most weight over 3 months. It is a contest, but it's more of a support group to encourage each other. The company has had weight loss/lifestyle changing programs before, but I've never thought I could participate since I'm always travelling. However, could this be just another excuse!?!? I won't be able to participate in all of the work outs, however, I'll do my best to keep up my own workouts.
  • As I mentioned, I've been counting calories. This is weird, because I've never done this before. I've never really cared about what I ate, as long as it tasted GOOD! A free website that has been a tremendous help is http://www.sparkpeople.com/. This website is awesome because you can track your calories, exercise and cardio, as well as plenty of helpful articles and videos. If you're in the process of changing your lifestyle for the good, sign up for this free web site. If you do, please use my login name as a referral - MLINDSLEY.
  • Denise, my running inspiration sister, is encouraging me to run in a 5K in May in Cincinnati, OH. I'm so close to saying Yes. My goal was to run a 5K in September or October. However, she thinks that I can do it by May. I've found a program called Couch to 5K that is a 9 week program. It seems like a very doable program. I've been probably been overdoing it and need something that is true and tried. I've also found a Podcast that a runner created to help with using the Couch to 5K program. Essentially, you alternate running and walking over a 30 minute duration. The podcast keeps track of when to switch from running and walking for you instead of you being proccupied with your watch.
  • Denise gave me a great book about running. No Need for Speed - A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running, by John "The Penguin" Bingham is an awesome book that I'm finding hard to put down. There are several valuable tidbits that I'll share with you from this book in future posts.

I'm back in San Antonio for a few days. Hope all is well in your part of the world!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Say yes!

Todd C said...

Mark,

Once you finish your "into running phase", I want to get you on a bicycle.

Todd