I got home from work yesterday and all I wanted to do was take a nap. I put the Red Sox game on the TV and read Sunday's newspaper. Then, I cooked dinner. When my wife got back from the gym, we ate dinner. At that point, I went into the bedroom to listen to the Sox game on the radio. I turned out the lights and I was asleep before 7:30. I slept until 6:30 this morning.
I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in a while. I'm still 10 pounds heavier than I was at Western States. I'm training hard and I feel like I'm eating well for 6.5 days each week. Every Saturday night, I'm having a meal where I eat and drink what I want, but otherwise, I feel like my diet has been good. I'm working hard in the gym and on the roads, doing lots of interval work, and not losing any weight.
I know that I can't out-train a bad diet, but I feel like I've been eating pretty well. Apparently, not well enough. In the past, I've found that the following 5factors seem to determine my fat loss or gain, in reducing order of importance:
1) Alcohol intake
2) Food intake - quantity and "quality"
3) Interval work
4) Weight training
5) Volume of training - total mileage
I find that if I drink alcohol on a regular basis, I won't lose weight, no matter how I train. If I'm eating too much food or the "wrong" foods, I won't lose weight. When it comes to training, hard training seems to matter more than long training. In some ways, high volume training seems to make it tougher to lose weight, because I'm starving after very long workouts.
I feel like I've been doing a decent job in all of these categories, but I'm not making any progress against the scale. I'm in good shape, but as always, fatter than I'd like.
Yasso 800s this afternoon - 10 of them. I feel rested and I'm looking forward to the workout. I'm going to run on the roads, but I'm going to do this workout in racing flats.