June was an interesting month, as I really kicked my Belly Fat Cure eating program into high gear and I actually shed a lot of weight during the month of June. But at the same time as far as my running is concerned I got very bored with the running and have pretty much taken a break from it. Not just a couple of days here there, but more like a whole week. I’m just getting the feeling that running is not the most effective use of the time I’m willing to spend on my health.
In May I ran 51.65 miles, but in June I only put in 35.03 miles. And the funny thing is that I’ve been weekly measuring my weight and taking inch measurements of my waist circumference and in the weeks I’ve not run at all, I’ve lost more weight than the weeks I have run. So this is rather discouraging for wanting to continue running. So maybe rightly so or not, I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from the running. I haven’t replaced it with any other form of exercise yet, but I think it might be time to start incorporating some weight training to replace the ineffective cardio workouts. The only challenge the cardio workouts were becoming were just attempts at running the same distances in shorter times and they really weren’t feeling like much of a challenge.
I don’t feel that the entire amount of time I’ve spent on the treadmill has been a waste of time because I certainly think it’s been good to build up the endurance I’ve added. I think it’s been great to get the functioning of my lungs going and in effect helping to force oxygen into my body through the exercise and heavy breathing, but it now feels more like just an effort to go through the motions. I could do longer runs but by the time I’ve hit the 2 mile mark I’m completely bored out of my mind and while I’m loving the music I’m listening to, it’s not helping kill the sense of complete boredom.
I think the addition of some strength training exercises is probably the direction I need to be going so that I start to be building muscle mass thereby making workouts more effective. Strength training is essentially stretching muscles to the point they start to tear slightly and then when they rebuild they build up stronger than before. The repetition of the tearing and rebuilding process is what builds strength and as the muscles become larger they help power the metabolism. Now that the knowledge is in place on a better diet, I’ve already shed 46 pounds and 10 inches off my waist in the last 11 weeks. I’m amazed at the progress but disappointed the running is not where the source of the weight loss. It just goes to show that how a body is fueled is the most important component of weight management. You can exercise until you’re blue in the face, but a diet loaded with sugar is going to cause weight gain regardless.
In any case I think I’m going to cut back on the running and now going to only do enough running to essentially ensure a mile for every day of the month. And for this I really think the Nike shoes, plus the iPod Touch and Nike+ Sensor for which I’ve bought have been essential for the tracking of my progress. I think doing 30 to 31 miles a month is more than a reasonable amount of running to do and at the same time, start adding days of weight training.
I’ve bought Jorge Cruise’s latest book, “Body At Home” which helps incorporate easy ways to add weight training in a smart methodology. His methods advocates very long stretch and hold movements as opposed to lots of quick and short repetitions. He indicates that by taking the time to make each exercise move last over ten seconds to achieve the stretched position and holding for two seconds before taking another ten seconds to return to the rest position, only four reps need to be done to be more effective than the traditional weight training method of multiple sets in high speed frequency. Since Jorge has been dead on right about how sugar has been sabotaging my weight, I’m very inclined to believe he knows what he’s talking about in a weight training methodology and give his methods a try. Click here to check out Jorge Cruise’s “Body At Home” Book and DVD versions.
We’ll see how well they work in the coming weeks and give some feedback in my next monthly update.