I too am 5'8" and a runner. I log about 25 miles a week and I own a cleaning service, so I am working as fast and as hard as I can for 7 to 8 hours a day.
For me, I use the SP food meal plans. I eat and measure, but I also listen to my real hunger signals. If I am truly quite hungry I have a small planned and thought out snack. I pick something like the snack in the SP meal plan. For example yesterday I had the turkey and romaine salad...twice. Very hungry.
I am training for the Peachtree 10k and have been doing some pretty hard training for it. Running hard three times a week and doing cross training and weights two days a week, plus the housecleaning job.
I am finally starting to see some weight loss by switching to a mix between following the SP meal plans and also listening for TRUE hunger signals. I am sure to drink all my water too before making a decision. For me, sometimes hungry is really thirsty.
I use Spark Coach, that is where I got this approach from. I listen to SP radio on my i-pod while cleaning those houses, and working out also.
For me, this is a way of life, not a quick fix.
On the weight gain question, running burns up so many calories that there is a temporary weight gain due to water gathering around the muscles to induce healing. Subtract like 3lbs the morning after a hard run. Look as those non-scale victories, like how your clothes fit.
It helps me to say to myself, every time I see a mirror "I am worth it". We women can be so hard and cruel to ourselves.
Don't DNF on this race to getting in your own best shape.
| current weight: 158.7