First, I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. I must not have had the reply email checked. Anyway, to answer your questions...
No, I don't take a dog with me. Mostly because I mainly run on my treadmill in the basement at oh-dark thirty in the morning. 5am is my normal gym time. I've been running every day this week, but next week goes back to my regular MWF lifting, Tues/Thurs running schedule.
What I've really learned on my quest is that, shocking as this might seem to people, "diets" don't work. I tried one when I first started and all it did was cost me time and money. Sure, I lost weight, but it was extremely involved - had to spend a lot of time preparing my meals for the week... plus my wife and kids didn't want to eat what I was eating so it resulted in multiple dinners being cooked... you get the picture I'm sure.
What I've found is that the only thing that really works for me is counting calories. I eat anything I want, but it's done in moderation and I try and stay as close to my daily calorie goal as possible. So if I know that my kids want to go out to eat one day, I'll eat my normal breakfast (2 hardboiled eggs with some Franks Red Hot sauce and a glass of 1% milk). When I enter my calories (I was using myfitnesspal.com before I found SPARKPEOPLE), I would also enter in my planned dinner. That way I knew what I could eat the rest of the day and still meet my goals. Yes, I know it's shocking to learn that I will eat at McDonalds for example and still lose weight. But that's it in a nutshell. Watch your calories and expend more than you eat.
I hate to run. I admit it! But I also found that running gives me the extra caloric expense I need to lose weight. I found motiontraxx and downloaded some mixes to run to. I usually use one that is 175 beats per minute. That's enough for me to keep my heart rate up and sweat! Now I kind of look forward to my morning runs. I feel great after them.
I try and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Doesn't always happen, but you need at least that much. I also drink at least 10-12 glasses of water most days and stay away from soda. I'll have a diet coke now and again, but I really don't like the taste of it.
Hope that answers your questions. If you want to know more let me know. I have workout plans and am willing to share them if anyone is interested. Have a great day!!!
| Pounds lost: 4.4