Saturday, June 22, 2013
Week 8 (6/17/13): 131.3
I just wrote a loong blog post....and sparkpeople had some malfunction and lost it. Grr. So, here's another attempt.
So, this week I gained weight. I know why, at least. First, I did 3 long runs throughout the week - 10 miles, 8.5 miles, and 15 miles. I know that my muscles were swollen and I had a lot of water retention.
Second, it's that time of the month. Blech. Even more water retention.
Third, I ate like a pig. This was due both to having run so much, and thus being ravenous, and also because I had to go to two events with food- the first a potluck, where I tried a bit of everything, and the second a bbq, where I stuck to only a few things but still had to estimate WW points. Also, I have to limit myself on the peanut butter. When I run alot I reaaally crave peanut butter and bananas. I have now limited myself to one banana a day, and have recently purchased PB2, which is super delicious and so much lower in points! I just had some right now, mixed in greek yogurt, and ate it as kind of a dip with a pb2 1-point cookie. Sooo yummy!
Luckily, this week I (fingers crossed) likely broke through my plateau/weight gain setback and I think I'm back to losing weight again. We'll see at this week's Monday weigh-in. Plus I got a lot of compliments this week - people have been telling me that they've really noticed my weight loss recently. I'm beginning to notice it myself - of course I also notice that I still look puffy. But I'm seeing it reducing slowly. My cheeks have always been chubby - even when I had zero fat on the rest of my body in HS as a cross country runner - so I have to remember that.
If I lose this week, I'll be on my way to reaching goal hopefully by August, which would be great! Then it will be maintenance, which, honestly, I'm dreading since that mode has NEVER worked for me before - I've NEVER YET maintained my goal weight, not for even a week. This time I'm determined to make it happen.
One last thing - even though running seems to make me gain weight, I really can't help it - I want to train for another marathon. In fact, I've already picked one out - it happens at the end of October. I've also already got two people who plan to run it with me. So, I guess I'm doing it. I will be sure to pick a training plan that mixes it up a lot, with sprints and such, and that allows me to do a lot of cross training (at least 2x a week). I am super excited to start training. I've mentioned this before, but I must say it again: I LOVE LOVE LOVE running!!!! Those of you who are runners understand - it's so addictive! There's nothing like it in the world. I wish I could run all day to my favorite music and never get tired.
Fingers crossed for this coming Monday's weigh-in! Hopefully I lose!