Sunday, January 27, 2013

Okay - so yesterday I purchased the book I had seen on the Today Show about the 8-Hour Diet.  That's actually what it is called, The 8-Hour Diet.  Basically, you can eat whatever you want in an 8 hour period and then you fast for 16 hours.  So, for me - I normally eat supper between 5:00 and 6:00 - usually done by 6:00 and I won't eat anything until 10:00 a.m. the next morning.  This supposedly makes your body burn all of the calories/food that it has stored.  You can have something to drink during your fast (in fact, it encourages you to drink a glass of water if you feel the urge to eat), so I can still have my cup of coffee in the mornings when I wake up.  The book does encourage you to drink plenty of water - I do that anyway.  I usually eat breakfast around 8:30, but am stretching that out until after 10:00.  I have to say, my weight yesterday morning was 249, and this morning it was 247.5 - so maybe it works.?.  We'll see - it is extremely do-able and I thought I'd give it a try since I don't want to alter my food too much - that whole "I hate to diet" thing kicking in.  It does encourage you to eat healthier, but does not require it - instead it advises to eat at least one serving per day out of each of the following food types:
   Yogurt/Dairy (low-fat, of course!)
   Beans, peanuts, other legumes
   Raspberries and other berries
   Apples, oranges, and other fruit
   Spinach and green vegetables
   Whole grain breads and cereals

I hit all of the food types yesterday except for Spinach/Green Vegetables.  We had Chicken Stew for supper, and I didn't have anything green or leafy.  The book did say you can count putting spinach leaves on a sandwich or something like that, so this whole thing seems fairly simple and very do-able!

As well to eating from these food types, it recommends you exercise for 8 minutes each day before breaking your fast (this supposedly helps your metabolism kick in) and it gives several types of exercises you can do - you just pick.  I have to say, all of the exercises they recommended are exercises we do with CrossFit, with the exception of a couple (mountain climbers, bucking hop, alternating lateral lunges) - I thought this was great!  I can do this.  Then, I thought this would be the perfect time to improve my running.  So, that being said...I got on my treadmill this morning and actually worked out for 10 minutes, not 8 - only because I'm pretty anal on things having to match and I have this whole even over odd obsession, I don't know why...I just prefer even things/numbers to odd.  Weird, I know.  But, that's me.  Anyway, I ran at 4.8 speed for 8 blocks (1/8 mile), walked 8 blocks at 3.5 speed, ran 6 blocks, walked 6 blocks, ran 4 blocks, walked 4 blocks, ran 2 blocks, walked 2 blocks, then I slowed down to 3.0 speed and walked until I reached 10:00 minutes.  All in all, I ran 20 blocks which means I ran a little over 1/4 mile total.  I'm happy with that!

I have not forgotten to do Thursday and Friday's workouts.  I'm going to combine them and do them this afternoon.  I know Thursday's were 5 rounds and Friday's were 3 rounds, but I'm going to do them all together and once I complete 3 rounds of front squats and jump rope, then I'll continue to do the final 2 rounds of Thursday's exercises.  Below is my workout plan:

5 x 15 pushups
3 x 20 front squats w/30-40 lbs
5 x 40 CF situps
3 x 50 jump rope
5 x 50 squats

Since I'm mixing it up, I won't post my time on Thursday nor Friday, but will post the combined time here instead.

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