In an effort to increase accountability for both healthy eating and training, I’m trying to update my progress weekly. I have signed up for the SUNY Purchase Corporate Cup Summer Race Series. (http://www.corporatecupraces.org/) The first event is a 5k on June 27th at 6:30pm which means that this week is my first official training week. The second event is a 5k on August 2nd. There is a third 5k at SUNY Purchase in July that used to be a part of the corporate cup but now is a separate event. I anticipate that I will run that race also.

In the past week I started my diet bet and, as of Monday, I had lost 1.5% of my body weight. My goal is to lose 4% in 4 weeks. I feel that I am on track to achieve this. I have been using My Fitness Pal to track calories. I’m trying to stay between 1400 and 1500 calories per day. I’m pretty proud of how well I’ve done with my eating. Last week we went to a Yankee game and I knew that we wanted to try the Blue Point NY Pinstripe Pilsner – a beer made exclusively for Yankee Stadium. I calculated the calories I thought I’d consume at the game and made sure that my calorie count for the rest of the day was low enough to allow me to indulge. Similarly we saw the new Avengers movie at Alamo Drafthouse on Sunday (the dine-in movie theater). Instead of ordering the high calorie burger that I love so much, I ate a grilled chicken Greek salad that was delicious and much lighter on the calories. I’m trying hard to not under eat as that will certainly cause over-indulgences. I’m pretty happy with the balance that I’m finding, even though it takes forethought and effort.

Training-wise, last week was an easy week. I was recovering from the 5k and I knew that the new training cycle wouldn’t start until this week. I went for a 30 minute walk on Monday and got two easy runs done on Tuesday and Thursday. I took the weekend off from running – which isn’t ideal – but I think I’m back on schedule this week. The weather has finally broken so I was able to exercise outdoors last week. I know it’ll take some time for heat acclimation to occur and I always struggle a bit with the warm weather. I’m more focused on consistency that time goals right now. I think my time goals will come with consistency.

My goals for this week are to start my week 1 training plan. My plan calls for 4 runs per week. I’d like to make sure I finish at least 3 runs per week, every week. I’m also continuing to work on my eating and tracking calories. I’m trying to get my step count up a bit as I have definitely become more sedentary. I do well on the days that I run but often fall way short on my non-exercise days. I’m feeling good about my progress and will continue to work toward my goals.