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True confessions of a Marathoner!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I stopped tracking my food and I've gained weight! There you have it!!!! emoticon

I stopped weighing in about a month ago because every week I saw my weight creep up. My husband said it was muscle but I told him " muscle doesn't jiggle!!!" I finally faced the scale and have changed my weight tracker to reflect my current weight.

So I ask myself, how can this be? I was running weekly with long runs up to 23 miles? And.....eating healthy too!!! I am here to tell you my friends, a person can still gain weight if you don't watch your intake; no matter what level of activity you are doing!

I been out of the habit of not tracking for months, closer to a 1/2 year. I am telling you my friends, it has been a struggle getting into the habit of tracking my food again! Am I the only person in the same boat? Are you struggling with just the basics of tracking your food? Do you need accountability and encouragement to help you with this area in Sparks? I'm here to help and in hopes you will help me too.

So here's my plan to get back to the basics of Food Tracking 101. Everyday when I complete a day of tracking I will give myself a the smiling face "goodie". By the end of the week, I want to see at least 6 smiling faces fill my goodie page, then 12, then.. 18.............until I have established tracking my food intake again. My goal is to collect 30. Are you with me? If you have any questions on how to give yourself a goodie, let me know and I will be happy to help you out. I also would like to know who is with me so click on the following link or go to the "General Team Discussion Forum" under the topic "Basic Food Tracking 101" and let me know if you would like to join me!

By the way..... when I first came to the "Live~It's" team, our leaders posted weekly and monthly challenges as they are doing right now. I was losing an average of 2 pounds a week participating in those challenges, losing a total of 70 pounds! I fully believe joining in their challenges is the way to go and would encourage you to participate with them. Trust me, you will see results!!!

For those who want to establish or reestablish just your food tracking I'm here for you.
Blessings, Rachel emoticon
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    I ran marathons for years, and always used the high mileage as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted ("I'll burn it off on my long run this week"). My body composition did change while running, indicating that I did lose fat and gain muscle, but my weight only went down a little.

    As I did more research, I realized that while we do burn calories while running, even a marathon burns only about 2000 calories.

    What I further have deduced through all of this is that you can't outwork a bad diet....weight loss is about watching what you eat.....exercise is for creating a healthy body. If I had to wag it, I'd say weight loss is 80% diet & 20% exercise

    Good luck!
    1312 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/20/2013 7:21:39 AM
    I get lazy with my food tracking to until my weight starts to creep to the upper end of my maintenance range. I weigh daily and use that as a barometer to identify creep, and then get better about tracking again. It is usually cutting down on post dinner snacking that helps get my eating and weight back in check. Keep up the great job!
    1312 days ago
    Hi Rachel, I hear Ya! right after my Half Marathon Oct 9, 2011 I got lazy with tracking my nutrition. Being lazy with tracking my nutrition stretched out until a little over a week ago. In the first couple of weeks after I was not exercising because I had to heal up my hip but those 2 weeks stretched out until a little over a week ago.

    Rachel it was like I was so elated with the excitement of finishing my first Half Marathon that some how forgot to keep sparking! Maybe it was the though that the thoughts that may have been deep in the back of my mind telling myself " Ah I can relax now I did it, I met my goal " . Maby like the same things happen to some folks that get to there weight lost goal and start gaining weight back. I guess finishing the race was a short term goal but the long term goal for both maintaining nutrition and maintaining fitness is all the biggest goal of all. I do want you to know that it took me from The dat of my race Oct 9, 2011 to little more that a week ago before I got my self completely on track. It was hard to get tracking my nutrition but good new is I have back to my pre Half Marathon weight of 169 pounds as of saturday Nov 12, 2011.

    See below of weight I did keep tracking after Marothon.
    Oct 08, 2011- 169.5 (Down 1 Pound)
    Oct 15, 2011- 175.5 (up 6pounds) Half Marathon Oct 9 have swelling.
    Oct 22, 2011- 175.5 (same)
    Oct 29, 2011- 171.5 (Down 4 Pounds )
    Nov 05, 2011- 174 (up 2.5 Pounds)
    Nov 12, 2011- 169 (Down 5 pounds) So now .5 pound lighter since Marathon.

    I think that in my last blog I added my New Goal and so I like to share it with you all as well.
    I want to buy a new bathing suit for christmas vacation with my teens and my mom in Orlando Florida . I want to be 163 pounds for sure!!!
    That will mean I will have lost since January 2011 a total of 40 pounds.
    It will mean I will have lost since I started Spark People a total of 31.5 pounds.

    I am definitely with ya, but not sure of how to do the team .

    Rachel I also think that I definitely have to have get better at always having a plan that is outlining what the goal will be after I finish the goal before me. Like train for a half Marathon but have a goal set before I cross that finish-line of what I will do after like make suer I either start training for a smaller even or come up with my own event just for me. emoticon emoticon
    2019 days ago
    I'm with you Rachel! You are amazing I hope you know that emoticon
    2029 days ago
    I'm in, I haven't been on here for three months, due to the stress of packing up a house and moving almost 200 miles and have been in my new house for 3 weeks, but really only one, cuz I had to move my husband and daughter out of an apartment for the first week and had been traveling during the third week, so today I got on here, I am settled enough to concentrate on tracking food again and have enough good healthy food in the hosue to create meals again. I had been dining out almost everyday becsuse of the move. So I am so glad to see this. It'll be a great to get in this habit right away now, I already had started today with my tracking emoticon
    2039 days ago
    Rachel, this is a fantastic idea... and you're absolutely right - activity is important, but if the food isn't in line, the scale wont' cooperate!
    I'm in - starting today.
    (I won't back track... but can I just tell you that I have 7 consecutive smile-worthy days under my belt?!?!)
    Thanks for this - and for your honesty... it's a tough reality to face, isn't it?
    emoticon I'm with you girl!
    2041 days ago
    I too lost my focus on tracking as I came toward the end of my 1/2 marathon training. I am focused this winter on getting stronger to continue my training and do what you are doing. A marathon next Fall.

    My eating is full of binge foods and I know it was an excuse for being so tired. Well, no more, or at least not so often. He, he.

    I found you through GATORJOY and will take you up on the help with food tracking, running and strength work. I offer the same in return!

    Beautiful RED Hat by the way!
    2042 days ago
    emoticon Rachel! Love the incentive to get moving again! Piece of advice is do it now, because it only gets more difficult as age marches on. emoticon
    2042 days ago
    I'm in!
    2043 days ago
    emoticon I will take notice of this as I near my weight goal, which is coming v e r y slowly these days. I will keep tracking! I do hope all is back on track fast for you! emoticon
    2043 days ago
    I'm right there with you, Rachel! We can do it......together!
    Hugs, Jackie
    2043 days ago
  • DMC10241
    I'm in. I hope to see lots of emoticon (smiley faces) too.
    2044 days ago
    Right there w u training for marathon
    2044 days ago
    I love this going back to basics 101. In deed I need to join you, I am just recovering from a huge set back in this comes as light in my way!!! Thanks Rachel.
    2044 days ago
    Love the smiley idea... back to basics indeed. I'm tracking, and watching my numbers be too high almost every day. Now I need to buckle down and find a balance that fuels running AND loses weight! Thanks!
    2044 days ago
    You can do it, Rachel! I am back to tracking, too and this time (during marathon training) I am staying on track and even trying to lose weight!
    2044 days ago
    My Hubbie tries to tell me the same thing! emoticon When I know all along, it's what I'm putting in my mouth! emoticon Because I have been tracking, and I am here to tell ya, the tracker does NOT lie! emoticon The other day I pushed the scale past what I lovingly refer to as the emoticon zone! So I feel your pain!
    2044 days ago
  • PJCOOP2014
    Way to go, Rachel! emoticon I learned this lesson myself...a healthy, low fat/low calories/high protein diet along with aerobic exercise = weight loss. But here is the good news: You can do something about this, and if I know you, it won't take you long! emoticon I love you, girl friend...you are an inspiration to all of us!
    2044 days ago
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