Tuesday, June 04, 2013
This summer, I am working on addressing my all-or-noting addiction. I feel like my diet would be great if I could just stick to a plan, but my life is not average and so the average diet plan does not work. I have yet to find the no-meat, no-dairy, locavore-ish diet designed for an over-weight woman who cycles through periods of intense training (for marathons and triathlons) and periods of relative rest.
The dream of simply being told what to do unthinkingly is nearly dead and I've spent too long mourning its loss. It's time to move on.
To that end, I'm cultivating a combination of journaling and listening to my body. I find that I'm pretty good about journaling throughout the day, but tend to trail off in the evening. Dinners are rarely written down. So, I'm working on it. I'm making some time immediately following dinner to total up my nutrition for the day and discuss any areas for improvement for tomorrow's meals (usually, I need more protein).
Additionally, sometimes I need more that 1550 calories. For example, a 15-mile run burns about 1500 cal., so on those days, I listen to what my body tells me about my hunger and eat more than the daily recommendations.
It's not a perfect system, but I'm going to give it a couple of months and see how it works for me. I just signed up for a marathon in October and a half iron man triathlon in September, so hopefully I can balance a decrease in weight and an increase in endurance.