Today’s theme at Runners’ Lounge Take It and Run Thursday is “Running and Weight“.
From 2004 to 2006 I managed to put on 30 lbs, because I had stopped watching what I was eating and working out only half heartily. On January 23rd, 2007 I stepped on the scale weighing a whopping 199 lbs! The last time I went over 200 was when I was pregnant with my 2nd son, back in ’92! Something had to be done. I am 5’9” and should weight 169 lbs or less.
I manged to get my weight down to 174 by November of ’07 by just watching what I was eating and with the help of the Runners’ Lounge Holiday challenge. But, I fell off the wagon *sigh* andcome May ’08 was back up to 188. When the training for my second marathon started I was determined to run it without being considered overweight, meaning I had 6 months to loose 19 lbs. Eventually my goal to run the marathon changed to running the half, but my determination in regards to my weight loss did not waver.
This is what I planned to do for the next 6 months:
- Don’t buy the junk food in the first place. If it’s not in the house it won’t go in your mouth.
- Ask your spouse/better half and co-workers for help. I would incorporate “no junk food days” and the hubby and co-workers would check up on me. Accountability is the key.
- Buy a food log or use an on-line journal. I use http://caloriecount.about.com AND an Excel spreadsheet to track my food intake, etc.
- Try one new healthy recipe a week.
- Be consistent with getting my runs in. It has come to the point where my daily runs have priority over almost anything.
- Lift weights twice a week. It is amazing how much faster you loose weight if you strength train twice a week for 20 to 30 minutes. Light weight, lots of reps.
- If at a restaurant go for the healthier meals and ask for lunch portions at dinner time.
- Don’t beat myself up if I had a bad eating day.
Over the next few months I noticed with the weight loss came faster running times. That really helped me stay focused on my goal and the fun part was that I was adjusting my estimated finish time…in the right direction!
It paid off! Come race day I was down to my goal of 169 and ran the half marathon 45 seconds faster per minute than my previous one!
Now my goal is to reach a healthy, consistent weight of 160 to 165 by May 2nd, my next 1/2 marathon and I believe that if I stick to my guns I will be able to do it.