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A Running Guide for the Overweight Runner

There is a man that runs around my town all of the time carrying himself with no evidence of being tired. You may see him out at the park r...


January 19th & Nutritional Tip 2

I've decided to edit my posts gradually throughout the day if I am able too. Having a computer at all times is pretty convenient.

- Nutritional Tip -

The Importance behind Fiber:
I guess I never had thought about it that much until here recently but fiber takes on an important role in your body. "It keeps you regular" <-- We all have seen the commercials where they tell you that their yogurt will keep you which it might - but there are other ways of receiving your fiber that maybe you aren't even aware of. One primary way to get lots of fiber is through vegetables and fruits. They are fiber enriched. It is the most natural form of fiber intake that you can get and enjoy the benefits thereof. Those benefits are primarily through the digestive track. It cleans the track out and as the commercials say - makes you regular. Why do you want to be cleaned out? Because otherwise you experience constipation, diarrhea, and bloatedness. Without this cleaning, your body will not function to its fullest. Granted, other problems may exist in your body which would compromise full functionallity but an adequate amount of fiber could relieve some of the lesser problems. I have found a quality fiber content list that gives a broken down account of what foods have fiber and their approx. amount. I would encourage you to take a look at your fiber intake. The suggested amount of fiber intake for the day is around 25-30 grams.

Food Intake:
1. 1 cup of coffee w/half & half
2. 1 1/2 cups of Raison Bran
3. 1 Banana
4. 1 serving of pretzels - yes I counted them out and eaten at two different sessions
5. Deli Chicken ( oven roasted) breast sandwich on wheat w/cheese & mayo
6. 12 oz Diet Pepsi
7. Rice Crispy Treat
8. 2 strawberries - sliced...I picked them off of a dish someone made for the teachers.
9. 1/2 of a stuffed green pepper
10. Salad -- romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoe, shredded cheese, italian dressing
11. 1 cup plain yogurt blended with banana, sliced strawberries, and agave nectar sweetner
12. 60+ oz of water
13. 12 oz of orange gatorade

- Treadmill - .......3.26 miles ---- It's getting easier to do more.

Miles til Goal: 987.78

January 18th & Treadmill Tip

I think I have it easier than some when it comes to being able to be on a regular meal schedule. I am a teacher and with that...I'm put on a schedule. I eat once I get to school, have a scheduled lunch at the same time every day with the opportunity for snacks in-between meals.

--Thought of the Day--

I am also a preacher and after reading a passage the other day - I wondered how much of that passage could be applied to the fitness regime. It was Colossians 3:1-2. It talked about seeking out that which is from above in verse 1, and then in verse 2 it says to "...set your mind on the things above, not on the things of this earth." We are so easily driven to do something but once we hit a wall or fail a couple of times we give up --- but what have we fixed our focus on. Is it the temporary gain -maybe a couple pounds off the scale or the long term goal of better health and/or (Scripturally) - the very character of God?

When we hit that wall -- whether it's the two mile mark, ten mile mark, or the constant struggles in life...where has your focused been set? Clear your mind and focus.

Food Intake:

1. 1 1/2 cup of Raison Bran Cereal
2. 1 cup of coffee w/half & half
3. 1 banana
4. 1 serving of Pretzels (minis, about 23)
5. 14 oz of Sprite
6. Deli Chicken sandwich on wheat w/ cheese and Mayo
7. 3 peanut butter cookies (small girl scout cookies)
8. bowl of salad (romaine lettuce, shaved carrots, cut tomatoes, 4 slices of cucumber with Italian Dressing
9. bowl of Mac & Cheese (mac noodles with block of cheese melted with milk)
10. 12 oz of Diet Pepsi
11. 1 bowl of plain yogurt blended with 1 banana, sliced strawberries, agave nectar
12. 60+ oz of water


Treadmill -- 3.3 miles was a good workout.

Treadmill Tip 1: If you can get a tv around your treadmill, you should do it. You are still doing what you like (watching tv), don't miss anything of your favorite show, and you are getting fit. I use my ipod and watch tv shows...makes time go by really fast if it's one of your favs.

Miles until Goal....: 991.04