The Long and Short of It

May15Peterson2A couple of months ago I read a good book recommended to me by my good friend and fellow runner Dr. Alec “Doc” Isabeau. The book is Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. Although this is not a review per se’, I will say that I highly recommend this book. It inspired me to make a few simple changes to my diet and exercise routine.

  • I stopped buying and therefore eating the delicious chocolate-chip cookies from my local grocery store’s bakery department. It had become a habit to eat one or two and sometimes three of these high-calorie babies every night.
  • I added a third gym workout to my routine. I had traditionally taken Friday’s off. Now I typically run four times per week and do strength-training three times per week.
  • I began doing my very best to go at least 45 minutes in every run or workout. If I can’t make it that long or if I occasionally miss a workout – no big deal, but I no longer plan to take a day off unless I am injured or tapering.

Since I made these three simple changes I have lost somewhere between seven and ten pounds. I used to feel like I had reached my “fighting weight” if I got down to around 156 lbs. Now I am flirting with going under 150 lbs. for the first time in about thirty years. I am running better now than I have in a long time and I feel great.

You don’t have to kill yourself to see positive results. Just make a few changes and give it a little time.

DM Peterson

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