WEEK 8 (September 17-September 23)

Tuesday: D/O

Wednesday: D/O

Thursday: Easy 3-Mile Run

Friday: Three reps each of Teaser/V-up/straight-leg twisting crunch/ankle-weighted reverse crunches/3-rounds shadow boxing/3-rounds on heavy bag

Saturday: AB Ball workout (high-chest AB crunches/90 degree toe touches/reverse crunches/leg raises/opposite knee crunches/twists/plank/bicycles); 3-rounds shadow boxing/3-rounds on heavy bag; 3-Mile Run

Sunday: Three reps each of sit-ups/push-ups/6″/Extreme/medicine ball reverse crunches; 3-rounds shadow boxing/3-rounds on heavy bag; Ran 1.7-Miles

Total Running Miles: 7.7

Weight: 199.8 (-10.6 lbs.)

Training Days Remaining: 99

Notes: Not my best week in terms of preparation. I lost Tuesday and Wednesday competing in the Derby Chili Challenge. This compacted all my workouts into four straight days, and all of them were pushed late, like not out the door until after 8 or 9 at night. Those were dark runs and not easy to make myself do.

My food was OK this week until Saturday, when I ate four doughnuts from Poppy’s Bakery, followed by lunch at Case Fiesta, which included a grande Dos Equis beer. There was also a family gathering Sunday in Louisville featuring ribs and beer. I had been hovering at or below 200 pounds all week, then consumed way too many calories in under 48-hours and had to scramble to cut weight before Monday’s weigh-in.  This was a case of free will, and I should have exercised more control and eaten less.

Still I’m under 200-pounds for the first time officially. Congrats!

Now I’m through the easy 10-pound loss. To keep losing weight I have to watch my food. I’ll do the exercise, but that will not be enough to drop another 20-pounds. It’s all about paying attention to calories and managing my temptation to eat poorly.

Barring injury I will run the miles, but those soon must increase as well. Eight weeks down. Now it gets interesting.

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