Monday, May 12, 2014
Well, back in the fall, after the sprint triathlon, I decided I wanted to do a marathon. the next 'big thing'. So I started running on Saturday mornings as I knew it would be the schedule I would have to stick to during training.. and I started running a little more each time to get the body ready for the increased mileage. Then 18 weeks of focused diligent training to end with one of my biggest bucketlist items of all.. Running a full marathon!!
So, NOW? I just turned 40 and I am ready to lose the weight for good! I've gained weight over the past year and added another 8 lbs during marathon training.
1. My body doesn't like steady state cardio? Studies show cortisol levels elevated during and after steady state cardio.. that is why I'm thinking I gained weight? I tired very hard to eat right and fuel properly before, during, and after long runs, without over doing it.. But I gained weight.
2. I was down to 157 at one point 2 years ago and sat pretty happy at 162 for ages.. what happened? I'm sure I can hypothesize on all kinds of things.. but here is what I'm going to do.
My personal approach to losing weight this spring/summer/fall and Reach my goals along the way..
1. Eat clean as possible.
2. Experiment with elimination of some allergen foods to see how my body responds? Dairy and Wheat. I already know that with Type 2 Diabetes in my family I'm better off without refined carbs.
3. HIIT workouts : Interval running or other cardio.
4. New "fun" activities with the family.. Hiking, Biking, Swimming
5. Strength Train like my life depended on it! Because it might! Muscle Muscle Muscle..
I'm starting from 180
I'm aiming high.. 1 lb/week
170 by Mid July
162 by Sept 9.
I would love to see 160 or 159 by Sept 11 as I depart to celebrate my 40th birthday with a trip to Europe with my sisters.
It might take hard work and sacrifice. It might take focus and diligence.. but I just proved to myself that I can do it.. I trained 18 + weeks to run 26.2 miles and I did it. So 20-25 lbs to reach my goal weight is possible!
One of the quotes I had kept in mind while training for the marathon.
"It always seems impossible until it is done." Nelson Mandela
So, here I go.. 20-25 lbs may seem impossible, but I'll deal with it One Pound At a Time!