Last year was quite a fulfilling one, in terms of my running life, at least. I was able to tick both the half marathon and the duathlon in my to-do list. But one major goal I missed in 2009 was to reach my ideal running weight (about 114lbs.).
I thought the semi-serious 21k training would help me attain it. But it’s harder than I thought. To begin with, I guess I don’t really belong to the lightweight division—I’m no ectomorph.
When my teeth got wired four years ago, I dipped to about 123 and I looked like I was chronically ill. Back then I did nothing to lose weight—it was purely the wires’ power of hindering food that made me lose that much. During the first week, I subsisted on instant oatmeal (sans the milk, sugar, honey and cinnamon; it was basically the oats and water), mashed potato, a few strips of chicken meat, sodium-filled cream soup from Country Style and Jollibee, and water.
I gradually gained back a few pounds when I learned to live with braces.
A year later, my strange case of migraine, which causes dizziness spells, pushed me to sign up at the gym. It helped me maintain the weight, and the semi-consistent work outs kept the dizziness spells at bay.
Enter running—and how it made me want to upgrade gradually to longer distances and faster times.
The quest to become a loser
And boom. I wanted to lose weight to reach the “ideal” weight of 114 (according to one ideal running weight calculator), which until now, I still deem inconceivable. So I gave myself some allowance and put 120 as my target. *Gulps*
As I mentioned earlier, the half mary training didn’t help much. Banditing at the Biggest Loser Contest (BLC) Season 1 didn’t help me, too. Back then, I lacked the dedication and discipline of the official contestants. In addition to that, I got injured mid-November that I altered my training plan for the race (*gulps again*) this February—no speedwork/tempo runs, cutting training distances shorter, employing Galloway’s run/walk strategy, and doing very easy crosstraining and little strength training.
So come Season 2 and with a pair of knees surviving the Rizal Day run, I confidently signed up for BLC Battle of the Abs Edition. I was confident that serious Condura training spiced with semi-serious dieting would help me lose the holiday fat. 😀
Not everyone has weighed in yet, but the competition was already brewing. Commissioner Rico wanted to push himself to win this season that he said he’d give PhP500 to every contestant who’d beat him. Natz, I later learned, began using Bryan’s online tool to track his diet. Carlo, who thinks counting calories doesn’t work for him, sticks to his whole-grain breakfast and is seriously doing Condura training.
What now? With my right knee still having some mood swings, my first step was to not push it for speed training and strenuous crosstraining. Hence, the diet begins.
The hurdle: Diet plan
Last week, I signed up at dailyburn.com to track my daily calorie intake, ensuring that I take in the recommended number of calories, but still get enough carbs, fat and protein for each day. One easy 15k run with the Takbo.ph group that included BLC masters Bryan and Allan also loaded my brain with tips and tricks.
A shoutbox discussion with Selle and her detailed explanation of what I suppose is the Holy Grail of dieting (which, I bet, every BLC-er now knows) made me realize that when it comes to diet, we actually have a lot of options! 🙂
The trouble, however, lies in food preparation. Five years ago, I had a kitchen accident that caused a second-degree burn. And since then, I haven’t been spending much time in that part of the house. For two weeks now, I have attempted to make hard-boiled eggs and I still haven’t succeeded. I can’t distinguish a sweet potato in its raw form. I can fry almost anything, but BLC-ers were advised to avoid fried food.
To be fair with myself (and to boost my BLC morale), there are a few culinary stuff that I can now perform. I’ve marinated chicken and cooked them by myself when I got back to Makati, and when I served some to my dorm mates, they were nice enough to tell me that it wasn’t bad. Haha. 😛
So this whole BLC thing is not just about serious fartleks, long runs, cross training and strength training. It’s about having that dedication to the ideal running weight goal—and it’s not just about diet and exercise. It’s about tweaking one’s lifestyle and learning which among a group of root crops is kamote.