5 Months Later...Weight Gain and Half Marathon!
Friday, May 08, 2009
Wow. It has been a LONG time since I've logged on to SparkPeople! I can't promise I'm back for good, but I thought I'd check in and let everyone know what I've been up to the past several months.
The bad news is, I've gained back most of the weight I lost last year. :( I haven't weighed myself in a while, but I'd guess I'm around 138. My portion sizes have slowly gotten bigger as I've let my guard down and stopped diligently tracking my calories. I'm also pretty sure that I've slipped back into the habit of eating too many carbs and not enough protein. On a positive note, I've managed to keep up my water intake and continue to eat more fruits and veggies throughout the day - so not all is lost in the food department!
As for exercise, I have been AWESOME in this area. In fact, I completed a half marathon a few weeks ago! I still can hardly believe that I did it! I trained for four solid months, doing strength training, cross-training and lots of running (obviously.) I got into a great work out routine and you know what - it really wasn't that hard! I added the mileage slowly, so by the time I reached race day, I was totally prepared for it. When race day came, I took it slow and steady and finished the whole 13.1 miles without stopping.
Now that I've accomplished that goal, I'm trying to keep up my good workout habits. Instead of running such high mileage, I'm trying to work in some new aerobics classes and challenge myself on speed work. My next goal is to complete a 5K in under 25 minutes. I have never been a fast runner, so this will definitely be a good challenge for me.
All in all, I feel pretty good about where I am right now. I feel strong and fit, and I'm proud of what my body can do. I definitely need to keep an eye on my food intake, especially now that I'm not running 15+ miles per week. I think that is always going to be a challenge for me, because let's face it - I love to eat! Hopefully just tweaking my food choices a bit will get me back to my healthy eating habits.
I hope all of you are doing well with your goals.
Until next time...