On May 26th I created a post titled Burn more fat. Today is exactly one month and I am ready to report my results so far. I am ecstatic to report that I lost 5.2 lbs using the “slow down” method of running with MAF heart rate training. One of the reasons I am so ecstatic is that I had hit a plateau in my weight loss until changing to this MAF training with my Polar heart rate monitor. I started noticing a difference in my face first, a coworker asked me one day if I had lost more weight, that my face looked thinner, and I was excited to say yes and tell her my MAF experience. Then I went on vacation for two weeks and didn’t exercise as much and didn’t eat as well as usual, and I still lost weight. I was very active on vacation though, my sister likes to be active too, which helps. I drove to her house in UT ( an 11 hour drive) and stayed for a couple of weeks. During my stay we ran a few times, hiked once, camped 4 nights, and went paddle boarding 2 days. I usually run 3 to 4 days a week.
With all of this in mind I should see better results in another month. It is really hot here in AZ though, so my training is suffering (especially since I am not a morning person). The coolest it has been lately is 85 degrees and that is at 6am, by 8am it is 91 degrees. Today I started my run at 9:45am and it was 94 degrees and overcast. I ran for an hour. By 10:45am it was 96 degrees.
As far as eating, I have been trying to avoid processed sugar and junk food. I have been eating more higher fat plant foods like nuts, seeds, and avocados. After reading Finding Ultra I decided my body would be ok with the higher fat foods since it is switching to burning more fat. Rich Roll talked about eating avocado sandwiches, and I have been enjoying a few since then. I eat more fruits and VeggEase and less pastas, grains and beans.