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Monday, October 21, 2013

I think one big reason why I haven't published a blog since March is from trying to be too much of a perfectionist about what I write. I feel like I have to have a newspaper-worthy article practically to post something. As I look forward to some new challenges, one thing I'm going to try to do (and I think I know one SparkFriend in particular who will very much appreciate this) is to just write something off-the-cuff at least every week, probably more often. That means just typing into the little blog page SparkPeople gives us and not sitting in front of a text editor or a word processor for several hours, eventually giving up. That means allowing some grammatical errors. And finally, that means actually communicating my thoughts a little bit more often, which will make me a bit more responsible for my actions in this long struggle to lose the excess pounds and become the person I want to be.

Yesterday I ran my third marathon, which certainly is a big deal. Just to make sure everyone knows how insane I am, I'm running my fourth in 12 DAYS in Indianapolis. Originally I had signed up for two so close together so I'd have a backup in case the first one went south, but the first one was fine and I still want to do the other. So I am. I'm taking very good care of myself in between. I'm actually following a 2-week schedule from seasoned veteran marathoner Hal Higdon for multiple races (if you are into that sort of thing, here's the page with the details...just scroll down to "Two weeks between":
rathons-Training-Program ).

But another blog about running isn't really my intent today. That just happens to be what's going on and what's on my mind. What I really want to talk about is weight loss.

I had a really good run with weight loss starting about a year ago lasting through this past spring. I dropped about 20 pounds and good lord did those 20 pounds make a huge amount of difference. Since April, though, I've gotten complacent with this plateau. I certainly didn't gain it all back, but I didn't lose anything more. And that's with usually 30-50 miles per week of running! I think that goes to show how weight loss involves not just physical activity but an entire lifestyle change. Somehow I had found a way to expend 5000-7000 calories a week and still maintain my weight without losing. That's a lot of eating and drinking.

I realized yesterday during my marathon that I was putting everything I had into that race, seriously everything, but my best was only a 79-second PR over my very first marathon three years ago. Over the course of over 4 hours and 45 minutes, I could only do 1 minute and 19 seconds better. Don't get me wrong - I had a GREAT race and I am really proud of the effort and consistency I put into it. However, I knew at that moment, somewhere around mile 22, exactly why my best was barely better instead of significantly better. I knew that all of those days I decided to eat something super-crappy or drink a bunch of beers with my friends were collecting their dues. I knew that if I really wanted to take my involvement in this hobby to the next level, I need to go back to the basics with diet. If I'm going to lose the next 20 pounds, I have to stop flying on auto-pilot at mealtime. Yes, the exercise has done me huge favors. It has probably saved my life, literally. But it isn't everything.
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    You can do it Eric emoticon Awesome job with the recent accomplishments. Blessings.
    1626 days ago
    Congrats on the marathon!!! That's great!

    I'm a writer, but I very seldom blog. I don't have enough going on in my life others would be interested in right now.

    So many people write negative blogs or "all about me and my boring life" blogs, please don't become one of them...
    1640 days ago
  • KITT52
    good blog....
    1640 days ago
    Drop the unnecessary stress of blogging --- there's no chance anyone will be "found" as a fantastic writer and get a career change emoticon

    Wow, you certainly are quite a runner!!! Good for you! Actually, emoticon
    1640 days ago
    Wow-what an inspiration! Good luck with the 4th marathon, kudos to you.
    1641 days ago
    Personally, I prefer blogs that people have put a lot of thought into. If a person posts something off-the-cuff, I won't even read it. (There are just too many blogs to read; why waste time with crap, right?)

    Totally agree with the rest of your blog! I mostly do HMs and have found that weight and proper nutrition play a significant role in my results. I have been running for 15 years and, all of a sudden, am so much more comfortable (not to mention faster) on the roads and trails!

    Your 4 marathons in 12 days - well, that does seem a bit excessive though but I understand how it came about.
    1641 days ago
    So when this popped up on my feed, I literally screamed "ERIC FINALLY WROTE A BLOG" and then hurried up and read it. I'm really glad you're getting back into it, and I know my constant nagging helped a bit ;)
    Your marathon running is crazy incredible, and something I'm so very jealous of. I've always wanted to be a runner, but being a single mom makes it really hard for me to just go outside and run every day. Maybe I can get her some running shoes and we can do it together, she does love to run..hmmm ideas. Christmas ideas nonetheless. I wanna be a runner!
    Anyway I wrote a novel, sorry, I'm just really glad to see you back on here again. I think the blog challenge to yourself is an excellent thing. Plus I miss seeing all your comments on my blogs and such. Welcome back.
    1641 days ago
    Wow this was truly an inspiration to me. My goal is to get in good enough shape to run a marathon. I used to hate running when I was younger now I have figured out I just hated the idea of running. I love to run, jog, or walk it gives me a chance to clear my head. Thank you for this blog.
    1641 days ago
    Some blogs are long winded and some ain't - whatever floats your boat!!!
    1641 days ago
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