|He's a demon on wheels, while I'm a demon on meals.|
Since the beginning of the year, my blood pressure has averaged 111/66 and my resting heart rate has averaged 50 beats per minute. That’s good stuff. My most recent cholesterol screening—completed on Feb. 19—showed a total cholesterol of 179 and a very favorable ratio of “good” cholesterol to “bad.” My triglycerides were a little high but everything else on the lipid panel indicated robust health.
But the body weight ... damn it, maybe I’m just supposed to be 190-200 pounds. I’ve tried calorie restriction. I’ve tried substituting low glycemic foods for high. No amount of experimentation seems to produce a significant change. But in recent weeks I have been trying to follow some advice that really rings true with me: “Eat better before you eat less.” (I’ve seen that quote attributed to a couple of people, including endurance training guru Joe Friel.) It’s such an easy thing to remember; no calories to count or any of that nonsense. We’ll see how it goes, this somewhat foreign concept of choosing good foods over junk.
Here at the end of Week 5 the scale says 195, which is the same thing it said last March. But I’m starting to rack up outdoor miles at a faster rate than I did last year and my weight always drops as miles increase. Losing 10 pounds of fat before my May races would really help.