Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Big Cedar Plan

10 days until Big Cedar. My second attempt at running 100 miles. And now, the plan.




Prelogue

First of all, my hope is to just keep moving. No matter what. Just keep moving forward. Trying to compare how I will do is hard. I have never completed a 100 mile race, and comparing any of my previous races does not seem to help me too much. Since I took up running in late 2011, I have PR'd a 5K in 18:30, placed in 2 10Ks and several 5Ks but that means absolutely nothing here. I have fun a 50K in 6:11 and a marathon in 7 hours. If I take a linear regression of my ultra races and apply it, I should run 29 hours but the data in the model has too many variables. A quick look at my major races over the last two years with some variables (excuses).

Race
Date
Distance
Time
Terrain
Other
Pandora's Box of Rox
May 2, 2014
26.2
7:02:44
Up and down a granite dome in Central Texas.
Was just getting training ramped up, and this course has my number. Also pretty hot.
Muleshoe
July 19, 2014
30K
4:22
Deceptively Hilly and somewhat technical.
After a very fast start, the 90 degree temps plus my sucky night running slowed me down.
Hell's Hills
April 5, 2014
50K
7:13:13
Single track with some hills, especially at the end of the loop.
Was barely trained after starting back up post break in January.
The Ranch
June 10, 2012
30K
5:39:50
Granite dome.
I did not know until later, but when I twisted my ankle on mile 6, I tore my peroneal tendon, which would plague me for quite some time - I hobbled (barely walking) the following 12 miles in extreme heat on a granite dome. They also had run out of water and I went to the ER with heat exhaustion.
Rocky Raccoon
February 4, 2012
50 miles
12:18
Flat dirt.
ITBS from a run in January lingered. After about mile 2 on, I dealt with ITBS the entire way.

What this shows it is very hard for me to predict based off of my previous trail races how I will do. I have placed top 10 every time I run the Hell's Hills 10K, so I know I have top end speed on the short distances. My times at all of my longer distance races have been slow, but I think they are a little slower than I really am. My final long run was done at a pedestrian pace and I completed 42 miles in 9 hours. That includes a bathroom stop and several stops I had to make to stores on the route as well as CVS and an insanely long stoplight at the trial.  So that is why I have a set of 3 plans for race day.


Where I have been training and doing all of my long runs.

The plan


The Pace:

I am coming into this race more trained, lighter, more experienced, and more injury free than I have gone into any distance race, ever. So I feel like I will finish and I am setting my primary goal around that: 29 hours.
Loop 1 - 6 hours
Loop 2 - 7 hours
Loop 3 - 8 hours (power hike at night)
Loop 4 - 8 hours at most 

But I don't want to feel held to that if I am having a good day. So I also have a "unlikely" goal of 24 hours. If I finish 50 miles in 11 hours or under, I will probably start shooting for this. I also have a final goal of 32 hours. With the recent removal of a final cutoff, if I come close to this, I will finish. 

I plan to pretty much power-hike the hills from the get-go and see where that lands me. If it makes loop 1 take 8 hours, then I will probably want to get moving a bit quicker in loop 2. I plan to have a group text message going with  my pacers and "crew"/loved ones. I plan to text everyone after loop 1 to let them know what kind of pace I am on, especially my 50-75 mile pacer who will start driving down from Austin around noon. 




The Pacers:

I have two pacers:
Mile 50-75: Bryan. Bryan was an intern for me at my work who we recently hired. He has done triathlons and went to a meditation camp in Thailand where he had to sit up and eat only rice or something for two weeks. I expect this to be a night time loop, where I am at my weakest, so we will be hiking and hopefully getting me feeling good enough for my final loop. If I come in from my second loop in under 11 hours, I may want to run more sections of this than otherwise. 

Mike 75-100: Jason. Jason offered to pace in the Big Cedar pacers/runners group. His race results show his race times are much faster than mine which is good. He is experienced enough that I am confident he will be able to help me mentally push through the last lap.

The Nutrition:

The race will have NUUN, which many people like, but it is not one of my favorites. Rob and I have split a contained or Perpetuem and I also will be bringing Heed. I think Rob is bringing some Ensure. 

My plan will be to do the same thing at each aid station and have serving size baggies of my Heed and Perpetuem ready to go:

Fluids Plan:
Aid Station Name
Aid Station Approx Mileage in the Loop*
Aid Station Split*
Drink
Powerline Start
0
0
Heed
Copperhead
5.3
5.3
Water
Truth Corner 2.0
9.6
4.3
Water or Nuun
Twilight
17.1
7.5
Water
Powerline
19.7
2.6
Perpetuem
Truth Corner 2.0
22.8
3.1
Water
Powerline
25.3 (give or take)
2.5
Perpetuem

I plan on having Red Bull and Ensure ready to go at the start/finish as well to drink as needed. I plan on getting all of my solids and gels from aid stations, with my dad bringing me food and coffee before my final loop. I hope to mix it up on what I eat for a while with lots of potatoes and salt, oranges, and anything peanut butter. My favorite at Rocky Raccoon was peanut butter and gummy bear sandwiches. 

The Crew

I really am not operating with a "crew" per se. My dad will be dropping me off in the morning, and then I won’t have anyone there between loops 1 and 2, but that is fine. After loop 2, my dad will be there and Bryan will be there ready to pace. My dad plans to come back out between 3 and 4 with breakfast and Jason will be there to pace. My wife is driving down Saturday morning and hopefully my wife, kids, and parents will all be there to see my finish, with my son pacing me the last little stretch like he did at Hell’s Hills. The good thing is the person who puts these races together knows what she is doing and I will know some of the people at aid stations. So even without a full crew, I think I will do fine. Rob will also have resources there and we plan to share as much as possible.

The Lessons Learned

Every year of running has kind of had a theme to it. 2011 was the year to start up. 2012 was a year where I started placing in 5Ks – and even placed 2nd in a large 5K a week after finishing a 50 mile race! I was on fire. 2013 was the year of injury and DNF. 2014 has been about slow but steady training to get back into shape without being injured. I have completed 3 trail races including 2 hard courses and an ultra-marathon. I feel good. I can also look back at my 2013 DNFs and see some lessons:
El Scorcho – don’t start too soon… but was also still injured.
New Year’s Double – was injured… don’t ignore your doctor.
Cactus Rose – don’t wear different shorts then you are used to… that was very bad. And I just was not trained enough to have the will to go on once the chafing started to get bad. Also LUUUBBBEEEE up. I might be the most lubed runner ever next week. Another item is if I don’t have someone waiting on me, it is a lot easier to quit. 

If you see me….

So everyone has different needs and ways they like to be handled. If you see me during the race, please say hi. Realize I am somewhat shy in person (at first, then I don’t shut up) and I might be focused and just grunt at you. When I was running in Rocky and I was at a bad point and obviously limping with ITBS, a lady I do not know told me I should quit. If you are not someone the race has asked to make those kinds of suggestions, please don’t make them to me. 

This guy... but bald.
If I say I want to quit. Always suggest walking/eating/drinking for a while. Remind me I have time. I have felt awful on a run. Usually a good walk break with some fluids and foods gets me right out of it. Hopefully when you see me, I will be laughing and having a good time. But no matter what, I really do well with encouragement.




The Excitement

The House... My life is good!
I will spend the next week and a half obsessing, planning, changing my plans, tweeting, and just being excited. My wife and I were talking about why I want to do this the other night. I think it is because of what my boss said the other day. He said “if you have only run 50 miles before, and only a 42 mile training run, how do you know you can do this?” I don’t. And that is what excites me. So little in life presents itself before me that I do not know I can conquer anymore. I am not in the military any more. I don’t go to work not knowing if I will make it back. I have a job I am good at, a wife and kids who love me, and things are pretty good. If I do ever have trouble that I cannot get out of my family and parents are such a good support system that I really have no legitimate concerns of failure. My career is headed the right direction… but this. This is a challenge. And when I complete it. I will know that every step of the way was another opportunity for failure that I conquered. 

An unrelated note.

You might notice that my old blogs are back up. Some of them. And they did not post in order. For a while I thought I was about to be in a position at work where I did not want certain things to remain out there. That type of position is in my future and I am going to be cognizant of that… but I am who I am. I like craft beer. I am a goof ball. And I have a 12 year old’s sense of humor. I am an imperfect Christian. Some times these things show. I may not keep this up forever, and I may be less likely to write some things I have before, but in the end, I am me.

Always have been a goofball...

Friday, October 31, 2014

Big Cedar 100 Prep

This is my first post in a long time. Most of my old ones are down. And I have thought about bringing them back up, but I may search the most useful posts first. But I am now within a few weeks of my 2nd attempt at 100 miles. I want to post some about the preparation for that and where I feel I am at, but I think a brief history is useful to put things into context:
·        2008 – I get out of the Army after serving in Iraq with a bad back, shoulder, and two knees already showing arthritis and previous meniscus tears. I don’t run much as I am finishing graduate school.
·        2010- I finish graduate school, not in very good shape. I try to run a quarter mile and it just kills my knee. I try again in late 2010, but this time with barefoot running after reading Born to Run.
·        2011 – In February run my first 5K, and am only able to run part of it.
·        August 2011- I run my first half marathon at the Hottest Half in Dallas.
·        December 2011 – I run the White Rock Marathon in Dallas as a training run for my first ultra, the Rocky Raccoon 50 mile run.
·        January 2012- I do a self-supported 50K and get ITBS.
·        February 2012 – I run the Rocky Raccoon 50 miler, but have ITBS issues the entire way. I run a 12 hour and something race despite this and feel pretty good about that.
·        February 2012 – two weeks later I run the Paramount 5K, the same one I had run the year before in Austin at the Austin Marathon and this time run the entire way, and finish 2nd in Men 25-29.
·        Spring 2012 – Run a string of races and do pretty well. Ran the Hells Hills 10K in around 42 minutes, which placed 8th, but could have been top 3 in almost any other year.
·        June 2012-Run the Ranch race at Reveille Ranch and twist my ankle up real bad. Have to walk most of the way but finish.
·        July 2012 – Run the El Scorcho 50K. Did pretty decent until some stomach issues at the end, but still finish. The ankle hurt but I was able to change my stride up.
·        January 2013 – On Day of the New Year’s Double Marathon I DNF due to severe ankle pain. I go to the doctor with a torn tendon and end up in a boot for a long time.
·        June 2013 – Ran El Scorcho but only finished the 25K with bad ankle pain and general fatigue.
·        October 2013 – Ran the Cactus Rose 100M and DNF due to fatigue and some bad chafing due to a decision to wear different shorts.
·        January 2014 – Begin training in earnest again.
·        April 2014 – Finish the Hell’s Hills 50K.
·        June 2014 – Finish the Pandora’s Box of Rocks Ultra Marathon.
·        July 2014 –Finish a Capt’n Karl’s night race at Muleshoe Bend.


2011 I consider my year of beginning to run. 2012 was a year of great success- finishing a 50 miler and constantly improving and even winning a 5K in my town. 2013 was a bad year. Injury and lack of ability to train lead to a DNF in a my first 100 mile attempt about a year ago. I feel like my 2014 story will be much different.

Item
2013 (January-October)
2014 (January – November)
Injuries
Torn Tendon in ankle (outside of general knee and back issues)
Just the normal knee and back stuff. Nothing major.
Miles Run
300 + cross training
Around 1,000
Long Runs
Several Long runs toward August at Hill of Life
Lots of Long Runs at Purgatory including at least one 30+ mile run every month since July
Weight
165 Pounds
Currently 149


I feel like just on those factors alone, I am doing better.

The training plan:

My training plan has basically been to build to a peak every month, with a higher and higher peak.





A couple of notes here:
1.      My mileage has been pretty low overall for a 100 mile training plan and  I know this. I also know I am injury prone. So my best bet was to build on long runs every month, try to cross-train when possible, and keep my weight down.
2.      I use mapmyrun since I lost my garmin. It is not incredibly accurate and I lose plenty of trail miles, especially in the switch backs at Purgatory – but I also don’t log them all. So this might be a bit understated.
3.      October should have been much higher, but my daughter and I got an upper respiratory infection followed by a stomach virus.


Another issue I wanted to work on was to get my weight back down to El Scorcho 2012 weight. I was 145 at that time. In January of 2014, I was at about 170. I can now say that with a lot of training and a little help from a stomach bug, I am down to 149.

So I am coming in at or close to my best race weight. I have run at least one 25-30 mile run every month since March. I have completed a very hard marathon, a 50K, and a night time Captain Karl’s 30K that turned out to be pretty technical. My last month mileage was lower than I would like and I would like to have gotten to 200 miles a month. But most things are on target. I don’t have any injuries. I have a pacer set up for mile 50-75 and another for 75-100.

My next item, which I will post soon is race planning. Right now I am thinking:
Lap 1-6 hours
Lap 2-7 hours
Lap 3-8 hours
Lap 4-8 hours
Total: 30 hours

Pacing is hard to tell for me though. I was still a lot heavier in April and May when I did Hell’s Hills (50K) and Pandora’s Box of Rox (26.2) and finished in about the same time. Those courses are drastically different, and that Pandora’s course has had my number for a couple years now (something about a giant granite dome in the summer). But if you take the worst and assume 7 hours for 26 miles was how I ran when I was heaver and in worse shape on that dome in the summer… I think this is probably an on target pacing for now. When I ran my first 25 miles last week, I finished that in 4:30. Then spent 30 minutes at a stop light and store and took about 5 hours for the next 20 miles. Just being in the sun in 90 degrees with no shade really torched me, which I don’t think will be an issue.

All that to say. Everything seems good, but not perfect. I am going into this month confident, but realizing I need to plan very carefully to pull this off.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Training update! Running, pushing, drinking, building!


After a couple of good weeks of ramping up miles to the high 30s/low 40s, last week was kind of a bust. The plan was a few 4-6 mile runs, then 18 and 5 on the weekend. Weather and meetings at work got in the way and I basically ended up with about 10 miles during the week and 5 on the weekend.

With a newborn at home most of my weekday miles will have to be at lunch for a while. I leave the house at 6:15 AM and return at 5:30 PM. With my wife still recovering from a rough delivery I'm not going to spend my evenings running while she manages a small kid and a baby. So it's homework, dinner, baths, and bedtime stories until 8:30. Then I've got two hours to spend with my wife and shower before it's my turn to feed the baby at 10:30. A run just doesn't fit in.

She does let me get away on weekend mornings so that's where my bread and butter is. But on weeks like last week, where I have co stand meetings and "suit days," it becomes hard. Add in weather, and boom, you have low mileage.

I know that this is not every week though, and I've had good training weeks, so I'm not going to get too upset over it. Plus, I've been doing great on ramping up my body weight workouts.

With being as busy as I am, I have to find unique ways to get in strength training. So, I have set a goal of doing 1000 push-ups, crunches, and squats in a day, at least 3 times a week. To get there, each week I add 100. This week I'm at 500, and not all at once. One day is push up day, another could be squat, another crunch. So yesterday I did 500 push-ups, 500 crunches. Today I'll do 500 squats, 250 push-ups, 250 crunches. Once I get to 1000, I'll work on getting to 1000 of each, all in one day. 

Distributing the workout through the day makes it mentally easier, but at the end of the day it's still hard. And on busy days, that means getting a lot at once. I'm already seeing results. When I lifted weights, I was an "easy gainer" and that's still true.

At 5'6, my 162 weight is higher than I'd like, especially with my race weight being 140 at Rocky raccoon, but my waist is 32" so I feel okay. I'm going to focus more on health than a particular weight and am hoping overall strength helps me in tough ultras.

That's my update, and here's my beer of the week:

I had 2 of these Saturday night. I thought it was okay. Maybe 7/10. The alcohol came through a big strong and I expected much more pronounced hops.

Also, the beard growth is coming in. Yes, I've started growing my hair and beard. The front growth is good, but the sides are lagging. I try not to trim too much, but finally did this weekend to wait for that lagging side growth. Here's some beard progress:

After an early morning feeding...

And after a trim...  The wife is lobbying for a trimmed beard, which I've mostly agreed to, with the exception of races. I have to say, not only do I like the looks of a beard, I'm enjoying not shaving a lot.


Oh! And Logan is doing great in his 5k training! We ran/walk/jogged 2 miles Saturday and he loved it. May 18th will be his first 5k!

Still smiling after two miles!!

And of we didn't to have enough going on, we are building a house! Here are some progress pics from the last month!






Back, covered patio showing, detached garage not up yet.


I can't wait to have a balcony!

Until next time...



Monday, April 8, 2013

Hells Hills 10K

After not a lot of running in a long, long time, I was cleared to run a few weeks ago.


After about one week of real training, I took a week slower due to soreness and a cold. I was going to be at Hell's Hills anyhow for Rob's 50 mile, so I decided to run the 10K.

The results compared to last year (when I was in shape)...
Last year:
This year:

So, while I finished quite a bit slower, I was still 8th and I finished first of men 30-35. I attribute the 6 minute difference to 3 things: lack of training due to injury, getting fatter due to lack of training, and there has to be some factor for the mud.

The most important thing is that I felt injury free. My ankle even had to invert a couple times and rebound as I hopped from rock to rock.

I was actually with the front group for a good bit of the start but at about 3 miles, I could tell I did not have the endurance to hang sub 8 minute miles the entire way on that course.

Maybe I'll write more about the experience, but for now that's it. I have not felt inspired to write much lately. Maybe once session is over I will. If not, this thing may get retired.

Also, I don't know why I sit and wait for pictures to come out as if they are going to be great. Mostly this year I just look fat. And very white.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I know more than doctors, right?

I'm down to 153.6 pounds. Down from 157.3 And I'm effing frustrated.

The boot officially hurts worse than not wearing the boot. I also found this:

http://www.podiatry-arena.com/podiatry-forum/showthread.php?t=2340&highlight=peroneus+longus

On a podiatry forum, some info on a "mild longitudinal tear of the peroneus longus," which is exceedingly hard to find. Most injuries are for peroneus brevis. Anyhow, I saw this,

"Peroneus longus tendon tears in a distance runner can successfully be treated conservatively in some cases if the tear (generally a longitudinal split of the tendon) is relatively mild. 

If the tear is new, then try putting her in a cam walker style brace for 4 weeks, with no running. This may allow it to heal if the tear is minor. Icing, using a 2-5 forefoot valgus extension on an orthosis along with some increased valgus wedging on the orthosis may help the pain, but also may, unfortunately, exacerbate her posterior tibial tendinitis.

Most of these tears do well with surgical repair but this would mean at least 3 months or more of no running. If it were my foot, and the tear did not respond to immobilization, and orthosis modifications, then I would have the surgery done."

I have my check-up this week. I am hoping to at least get out of the boot.


This week's workouts:
Monday: Insanity Mixed Core Workout: 40 minutes (Core Cardio and Cardio abs with just 1 warm up and cool down)
Tuesday: Stationary Hills, 18.73 miles, 50 minutes
Wednesday: Insanity Max Recovery (lots of plank and isometrics) and Cardio abs, 58 minutes
Thursday: 45 minutes, Stationary Hills, 17 minutes
Friday: slept in
Saturday: Insanity Max Recovery, 46 minutes + Insanity Max Cardio, 48 mintues
Sunday: Rest

Probiotics continue to be awesome.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Just moving along, supplements, no meat, and going a little crazy.

No running, day 52. Day 22 in the boot. I’m going a little crazy. I have searched and searched on what it says on my MRI report: “Minor longitudinal tear of the peroneous longus.” Minor gives me hope. I have my follow up with my doctor soon and I plan to ask him. I found one site that gives me a glimmer of hope:

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-treat-a-torn-peroneus-longus-tendon.htm
This article says after immobilizing for several weeks, you can sometimes lose the cast and start getting ready to exercise.

Supplements

Nitric Oxide

I also am doing what I can to speed healing. I purchased a Nitric Oxide supplement called NO3 Chrome. Several articles and sites list Nitric Oxide as a way to speed up the healing.

From Livestrong:
Nitric Oxide
Nitric oxide is a chemical that plays a role in tendon healing. If supplements of arginine are taken, which stimulates nitric oxide formation, then tendon healing appears to increase. Also, clinical trials of nitric oxide delivery patches placed over areas of tendinitis show significantly reduced pain symptoms in patients and also increased range of motion and strength of the treated area.

Many of the sites talk about patches to put over the injury, but I have also found plenty on the oral supplement. The idea makes sense: the reason it takes a tendon so long to heal is the lack of blood flow.

  


Nitric Oxide supplements with L-Arginine help to increase blood flow. This is the reason it is marketed: the blood flow causes a “pump,” making your muscles appear larger when you work them out.



I think it’s funny that someone would care more about the “pump” than really building muscle, but it can assist with that as well. Of course you build muscle up by tearing it down. The more blood during the healing, the faster you recover, and the faster you can work out again, meaning more muscle. But nobody markets it that way. It did lead to a funny discussion at GNC. The guy was going on about how pumped I would get and this and that, and I’m like look at me dude. Do I look like I care about “being pumped?” That said, it is kind of cool.

Probiotics

I also am really getting in to probiotics.
Ever since I was in Iraq, I have had terrible stomach issues. I now wonder if I have some mean bacteria living in there causing havoc. I am not sure how, but I stumbled on the idea of probiotics. I originally got some Yakult drinks that have 5 billion happy little bugs in them, but have moved up to a 20 day supply of 75 billion per day. I will then do maintenance of 25 billion per day.


I really have already noticed a difference. I’m starting to actually care a lot more about what I put in my body. When I first started running, it was an easy way to eat a lot and not be fat. Then I fell in love with running itself. Now I can’t run for a while, so I am looking at the other side of the equation. Part of that is lack of meat.


Vegetarianism

For Lent, my wife and I gave up meat. I always try to give up something that can actually improve my life while making me realize I am making a sacrifice. It was easy the first few days, but it is definitely getting more difficult after a week. Whatever it is, this week I have finally started to lose some weight. I weight myself last night and I had lost a pound and a half since Sunday. I know some of that is fluctuation, but that was after a big dinner and beers. I really think the lack of meat plus the probiotics are what are turning the tide. I hope to stick close to vegetarianism when Lent is over. We will see. I am not saying no meat, just very little.

Sticking to it…

So that’s my update. Still sticking to it, hopeful for a speedy recovery, but going a little crazy.


No running, day 52. Day 22 in the boot. I’m going a little crazy. I have searched and searched on what it says on my MRI report: “Minor longitudinal tear of the peroneous longus.” Minor gives me hope. I have my follow up with my doctor soon and I plan to ask him. I found one site that gives me a glimmer of hope:

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-treat-a-torn-peroneus-longus-tendon.htm
This article says after immobilizing for several weeks, you can sometimes lose the cast and start getting ready to exercise.

Supplements

Nitric Oxide

I also am doing what I can to speed healing. I purchased a Nitric Oxide supplement called NO3 Chrome. Several articles and sites list Nitric Oxide as a way to speed up the healing.

From Livestrong:
Nitric Oxide
Nitric oxide is a chemical that plays a role in tendon healing. If supplements of arginine are taken, which stimulates nitric oxide formation, then tendon healing appears to increase. Also, clinical trials of nitric oxide delivery patches placed over areas of tendinitis show significantly reduced pain symptoms in patients and also increased range of motion and strength of the treated area.

Many of the sites talk about patches to put over the injury, but I have also found plenty on the oral supplement. The idea makes sense: the reason it takes a tendon so long to heal is the lack of blood flow.




Nitric Oxide supplements with L-Arginine help to increase blood flow. This is the reason it is marketed: the blood flow causes a “pump,” making your muscles appear larger when you work them out.


I think it’s funny that someone would care more about the “pump” than really building muscle, but it can assist with that as well. Of course you build muscle up by tearing it down. The more blood during the healing, the faster you recover, and the faster you can work out again, meaning more muscle. But nobody markets it that way. It did lead to a funny discussion at GNC. The guy was going on about how pumped I would get and this and that, and I’m like look at me dude. Do I look like I care about “being pumped?” That said, it is kind of cool.

Probiotics

I also am really getting in to probiotics.
Ever since I was in Iraq, I have had terrible stomach issues. I now wonder if I have some mean bacteria living in there causing havoc. I am not sure how, but I stumbled on the idea of probiotics. I originally got some Yakult drinks that have 5 billion happy little bugs in them, but have moved up to a 20 day supply of 75 billion per day. I will then do maintenance of 25 billion per day.
I really have already noticed a difference. I’m starting to actually care a lot more about what I put in my body. When I first started running, it was an easy way to eat a lot and not be fat. Then I fell in love with running itself. Now I can’t run for a while, so I am looking at the other side of the equation. Part of that is lack of meat.

Vegetarianism

For Lent, my wife and I gave up meat. I always try to give up something that can actually improve my life while making me realize I am making a sacrifice. It was easy the first few days, but it is definitely getting more difficult after a week. Whatever it is, this week I have finally started to lose some weight. I weight myself last night and I had lost a pound and a half since Sunday. I know some of that is fluctuation, but that was after a big dinner and beers. I really think the lack of meat plus the probiotics are what are turning the tide. I hope to stick close to vegetarianism when Lent is over. We will see. I am not saying no meat, just very little.

Sticking to it…

So that’s my update. Still sticking to it, hopeful for a speedy recovery, but going a little crazy.