My Healthy Midlife Crisis – Days 8-14

Day 8

Calories ate: 2180
Calories lost through exercise: 596
Net calories: 1584
Exercise:  Swimming – I swam 40 lengths of the local pool in about 40 minutes

I enjoyed swimming.  I also enjoyed getting my exercise over and done with nice and early in the day.

Day 9

Calories ate: 2236
Calories lost through exercise: 680
Net calories: 1557
Exercise:  Ran 2.02 miles at an average pace of 11min 23sec per mile

I really struggled to control my eating today, for some reason I really had a case of the munchies!

The run was awful!  As I ran through the park it transpired that there was an official race taking place, and suddenly I was surrounded by runners running twice my speed.  I practically killed myself because I didn’t want to stop and walk in the crowd!  Eventually I managed to turn down a different path.  As such I ended up with my best time yet, by far!  I can’t imagine I’ll beat it for quite a while!  Something else I found helpful was doing the run nice and early, it was nice to have the exercise out-of-the-way for the day.

Day 10

Calories ate: 1922
Calories lost through exercise: 347
Net calories: 1575
Exercise:  Ran 2.02 miles at an average pace of 12min 3sec per mile

I’m definitely starting to struggle with motivation.  It was a real struggle to get myself out and exercise. But I did it!

Day 11

Calories ate: 2168
Calories lost through exercise: 611
Net calories: 1558
Exercise:  Ran 2.02 miles at an average pace of 11min 58 sec per mile

Having learnt the advantage of doing my exercise early, I went running first thing.  But, like last time I did this, I really struggled with the munchies!  (As you can see from the number of calories I ate!).  Luckily we did a LOT of walking so the app on my phone took lots more calories off because of the walking.

Day 12

Calories ate: 1896
Calories lost through exercise: 408
Net calories: 1487
Exercise:  Went to the gym and spent 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the bike, 5 minutes on the stair master and a quick round of the weights

I’m seriously starting to feel the enthusiasm dip as it’s getting harder to get out and exercise.

Day 13

Calories ate: 2159
Calories lost through exercise: 440
Net Calories: 1719
Exercise:  Went to the gym – 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the bike, 5 minutes on the stair master and a round of the weights.

Today was the hardest day I have ever had dragging myself out to do exercise.  I got to the gym a lot later then normal and found it full of big muscled men and lycra covered women. And in comes chubby me!  Still I did it!

Day 14

Calories ate: 1969
Calories lost through exercise: 356
Net Calories: 1614
Exercise: Ran 2.04 miles at an average pace of 11min 11sec per mile

For some reason my motivation seemed to return today!  I was really chuffed after running my first mile in under 10 minutes! (9 minutes 31 seconds to be exact!).  Unfortunately I so knackered myself out doing that, that the second mile was really, really slow (hence the much longer average time).  But it feels like I’m back on track.

Week Summary

Weight: 15st 13lb
Weight lost this week: 3lb
Total weight lost: 8lb

This week was definitely harder than last week, and I’m sure there are harder weeks to come.  But I am finishing the week pleased with my progress.  I even bit the bullet and joined the gym today!

Only 86 more days to go – wish me luck!

P.S. Carole also continues to do well.

About David

I'm the curate at St. Anne's Church, in the parish of Shevington, Standish Lower Ground and Crooke. I'm married to Carole and have two beautiful daughters called Sarah and Anabel
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