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Fighting the Negative Nancy

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I've had to do a lot of self coaching lately. I put on the clothes that I once filled and they fall off. I am making good choices with food. I'm getting my runs in. But the scale. I was very motivated by the scale moving. Yes, my BMI is in the healthful range. Yes, I am holding steady...but I cannot get it out of my mind that I have 20 lbs more to lose to reach SparkPeople's goal for me (based on height, weight, gender, etc.). It is hard for me to put that in the mental filing cabinet and focus on my marathon training. I know I am muscle building. But I would expect that I would still see a loss. I guess I am putting just enough logs on the metabolism 'fire' to maintain.

Maintaining is not a bad thing...especially after a 30 lb loss. It is a learning experience. If I continue to get the same mileage in (even post marathon ~ 16/17 miles per week over 7 days) then I will maintain. A definite lightbulb moment for me.

Something has to give...right? Do I drive myself nuts planning meals to get enough fuel and then not see the numbers change? Or do I just fuel up for now and stop with the scale?

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ERMAC22 6/30/2009 9:10PM

    Julie, thanks for your comment on my blog! It was so true and helpful and appropriate for yourself right now too!!

I agree too - step away from the scale for even just a week and see what happens. Eat what you normally eat. You sent me that article a few weeks ago - are you eating enough food? Especially after an 11 mile run! That could be what's stalling things.

The scale doesn't take into account marathon training, building muscle, or just water gain on a certain day - say the day after you ran and drank 10 bottles of water. It's a tough habit to break, especially after having so much success with your 30 pound loss! It's worth the emotional and mental break though, not to keep seeing the same numbers I think.

Let us know how it goes! :)
Erin

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RAMONAFAY 6/30/2009 4:06PM

  I agree step away from the scales-----Your doing a great job! Read the articles and they will tell you that you are making changes inside and will see the results on the outside soon--don't be discouraged! emoticon

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SDUBON8 6/30/2009 2:49PM

    If your muscle building than I wouldn't gauge your success on the scale. Get yourself a measuring tape and and a fat loss meter...I bought mine through amazon for about $30 and it's the type they use in the gyms (the handheld type). Those two tools are pretty much all you need to see if your routine is working for you.

Also, you mentioned that your marathon training...So, does that mean that all your doing is running? If so, than you may want to consider throwing in a different form of exercise once or twice a week. A Zumba or Step class, cycling, etc. I've read that we need to alternate exercises to "throw off" our muscles to work in a different way.

Try to not let the scale bring you down...You've lost 30 lbs!! That's a HUGE thing!! emoticon

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Figuring Out the Fuel

Monday, June 29, 2009

I've learned a lot in the last few weeks about nutrition (still struggling to eat enough many days...but trying) and fuel. What to throw in to push up the carb level without blowing the rest of my tracking. I am fortunate that I do not get cramps if I eat right before a run. This comes in very handy on long run days, as I do not wake up an hour before to eat. I will inhale a clif bar and head out. An hour in, I eat 3 clif blocks. 1.5 hrs in, I eat more clif bar...not usually the whole thing...but close. 2 hrs in, I eat 3 clif blocks. I don't carry gatorade...just straight water. My second 11 miler was nearly a minute faster because of better fueling (I'd like to think so, anyway). I have not messed with Gu yet. Maybe I'll give that a go after my clif blocks run out.

  
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BOILERINAZ 6/30/2009 6:04PM

    good job! I've upped my carbs too lately and can't wait to see how they work when I get back to marathon training! I've got more energy on less calories! (thanks to the nancy clark sports nutrition guide!)

good job figuring out a fueling that is improving your runs!!!

I HEART GU!! lol! :)

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Marathon Training: Week 8, Day 1

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This 11 miler went far easier than the last time I ran 11 miles. What a big difference when you fuel the right way. I also had my new toy...a camelback that my mother gave me for my birthday. Very handy because I could put all the little things in the zipper pouch and had the water sipper straw right there. I am so happy to have it! Temps were suprisingly cool and I'll take that any long run day!

Temps: low 70s and cloudy
11.01 miles
2:37'41 duration
14'18 pace
2105 calories burned

I went a different route this time because the last 11 miler seemed a bit treacherous. I liked the alternate route better. I also saw runners on this route. Not typical for me on the long runs.

  


Marathon Training: Week 7, Day 6

Sunday, June 28, 2009

There was never a good time to run today. Hot hot hot and humid. Blech. Waited until very late day and the hubby came along.

Temp: upper 80s and very humid
3.08 miles
43:46 minutes
14'10 pace
660 calories burned

  


Marathon Training: Week 7, Day 4

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Definitely had to get out early today because the temps are rising, and the humidity also. The beach can be more intimidating for a slower runner like me...folks out at a faster pace and not using the same training regimine...but I just reminded myself that they don't have the same goals as I do and I surely don't need to overdue and hurt myself. The upside of vacation is the change of scenery, and the use of the pool or hot tub after my runs. A nice treat! So here are my stats for today:

Temp: mid-upper 70s
3.5 miles
48:31 duration
13'50 pace
693 calories burned

  


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