It’s been a delicious summer. Perhaps a little too delicious. Sounds like a good reason to revisit The Rules, and what better day to do it than at the start of a month. The #1 on a calendar is a chance for a fresh start, and since I appear to have gained back a few of the pounds that I lost in the first half of the year, I think it’s time to hunker down (or something equivalent to hunkering down) and take QCT to the next level.
OK, that’s extreme, I just want to get it back to the previous level. That level was OK.
Some quick stats for my first round of QCT: In the first six weeks of the year, I dropped between 12-15 lbs. I started the year somewhere between 142-145 lbs, and dropped and held a weight between 130-133 through June. I accomplished this by following a few simple rules that I outlined in the first post in this blog.
Part of my motivation was to drop a bit of weight to improve my race times, and in particular, to fulfil my quest for a Boston Marathon qualifying time. Mission accomplished: In late May I ran a PR for the 5k in 19:50. On June 6th I ran a 3:15:22 marathon and qualified for Boston. On July 4th I ran a sub-26 minute four miler. None of these numbers are going to impress the Olympic committee, but they’re all breakthroughs for me, and validation of the efforts I put in.
Unfortunately, I think I got a little to relaxed after the qualifying marathon, and especialy after the July 4th weekend. I lost a bit of focus on the QCT approach and I started gaining weight back. So before it gets out of hand, I am going to take control back.
My goal for August is to drop lose the weight I have gained back but also start gaining a bit more muscle. My ultimate goal is a sub 3:10 marathon in September, which would break my marathon PR.
My long term goal is to continue the good habits that I have picked up in the first half of the year. I wanted to summarize a few of these habits, which I think were the keys to my health success, in addition to my original Rules:
- Cereal - I have not had a bowl of cereal all year. I miss the crap out of it sometimes, but I think it was one of the most important changes I made.
- Soda - Not an ounce all year. I never really drank regular soda anyway, and I doubt the diet soda had a huge metabolic impact, but it sure feels good not to have that junk in my stomach.
- Subway - I used to LIVE on Subway sandwiches, at least twice a week I’d eat there. How can something that made Jared lose all that weight be unhealthy? What’s wrong with cold cuts? Nothing, on the surface, but its a gateway to unhealthy eating. Portion size is thrown off. Plus, you stop thinking about ingredients when someone hands you a prepared meal.
- Salad - The more leafy greens you’re eating, the less of something else is going in your stomach.
- Herbal Tea - Herbal tea completely curbed my late night cravings in the beginning, and also became a part of a decompression routine that I need to get back into.
- Quinoa - Great subsitute for rice
- Yams- Filling, healthy, colorful, versitile, and packed with nutrients (kinda like healthy, I guess). I can eat a yam with nothing on it.
- Cooking - I am convinced that the ingredients themselves are less important than the commitment to preparing them. Part of the QCT experiment was to take part in preparing the meal, and sharing the results at a table with good company.
- Wine - I am not going to argue with results. Plus, I love a small glass of red when I am cooking. It’s basically a vitamin.
Tomorrow night, I’m kicking off again with a repeat offering of my version of Pho. I’ll probably have a yam or some quinoa for lunch. But for now, I’ll just finish my herbal tea and go to bed…