Firstly let me say that I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and at least put on a few festive pounds over the last month! I certainly have.
Let me be among one of the first people to wish you all a very happy new year. Whatever you have planned for 2013 I hope your dreams, hopes and aspirations come true.
It makes a nice change to sit here and tell you that training has very much been a slow burner over the last few weeks; I have taken the opportunity to ease off and spend more time with family and friends, drink a little alcohol and have a few good pig outs, as I’m sure most of us have.
Last week also saw me revisit Alex @ Insight Nutrition for the results of my activity and nutrition log. Although I am more than aware that I have a bad relationship with food, I wasn’t quite aware of just how little I was eating. Alex took me through step by step my BMR combined with my Daily EE (Energy Expenditure) in direct comparison to my EI (Energy Intake). To say that I am in daily deficit is an understatement!
In a usual training week which would consist of 90 – 120 minutes of exercise a day my EE would be between 3200 and 3600 calories (Including 1900 BMR). Taking into account that I would rarely consume any more than 1800 calories it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that this creates a massive deficit which could be limiting my training performance.
Added to that the calories I am consuming are not entirely the right type. Due to the lack of total calories my fat percentage is too high in what I eat. This is mainly down to the fact I am not eating enough carbs.
So following a slight grilling and some re-education I am firmly placing my nutrition in Alex’s hands and he is reinventing my diet habits. Basically I will be eating up to 2500 calories and the calories I’m eating will be the right calories. I’d be lying if I was to say I wasn’t a little nervous, but I trust Alex and his advice so I am fully behind this major change.
My 2013 race kit is still at the printers but I expect to have that back in early January and with the Paris marathon first on the agenda in early April it means my first long run took place on Sunday. Felt hard but good to get the first one in the bag.
Finally this week I re-joined Boxfit for the 2013 season. I am looking forward to racing well.
Once again, I wish you all a very happy and successful new year.