To help with accountability this year, I’m checking in on my 2014 fitness goals every quarter.
1. I am a vegetarian.
It’s been three months and counting since I dove into a plant-based diet, and I haven’t had any lapses. The first few weeks were rough with the increase fiber intake doing a number on my digestive system. I immediately lost five pounds, and have dropped an additional two.
Being a vegetarian does require planning so I don’t find myself at a restaurant or event that does not offer vegetarian-friendly options, and it also requires meal prep so that I’m not running to a fast food restaurant famished. Oatmeal, smoothies, soups and salads are daily staples. I eat a lot, and it is not unusual to find a granola bar, nuts or fresh produce in my purse.
One of the most popular questions people ask me is about how I consume protein. My answer: eggs, avocados, tofu, Greek yogurt, nut butters, a variety of beans and nuts as well as FlapJacked Protein Pancakes and Vega One protein shakes. I am getting at least 70 grams of protein most days and as much as 130 grams of protein on long runs days.
The best part about the transition is all of the new foods I’ve tried. I’ve had to ask the stock boy in Publix to identify leeks and bok choy to try new recipes and eaten seitan for the first time. My goal for the next quarter is to cut back on soy substitutes and limit junk food.
2. I am running 2,014 kilometers in 2014.
The second goal has been a tough feat. I logged only 176 miles during the first three months of the year. To remain on target for 2,014K this year, that number should have been closer to 313 miles. I did take two weeks off from running to cope with a terrible head cold that leg to laryngitis and pain in the back of my knee. But I’ve also run on snowy trails and rainy days, so weather isn’t a legitimate excuse. I’ve just skipped too many runs.
Despite my disappointment, I won’t kill myself to make up for the lost mileage. When I review my mileage from last year, I see my performance thus far as a major improvement. And the long leap from 400 miles in 2013 to 1,251 miles in 2014 is a big, hairy audacious goal. My plan is, now that I’m up to a 14-mile long run, to maintain my current level of endurance and continue to build on it each week.
Question of the Week: How have you made progress on your 2014 fitness goals?