Monday, December 12, 2016
It's been a while since I blogged on SP. Mostly because I just wasn't using it. I got a fitbit in December of 2014 and started tracking my calories and fitness minutes on the fitbit site. 12.5 months later (also known as just past the warranty period) my fitbit quit working and I decided buying a new fitbit wasn't what I wanted to do. Instead, I bought a Garmin so as to better track my runs. I also stopped using the fitbit site to track anything, mostly because I was training for my first marathon and was putting in so many miles that logging my workouts and calories seemed unnecessary, but also because seeing my fall from grace in the fitbit leader board because of my lack of tracked mileage made me not want to even visit the site. Somehow I managed to not gain any weight while training, or to lose any :(
I finished my full marathon in October. My finishing time was about 30 minutes slower than I wanted it to be. During the race, I boarded the struggle bus at mile 19 and didn't get off of it until around mile 24. It was incredibly tough. I know now what it feels like to hit the wall, and for me that wall was hip flexor pain and tightness that felt like someone had put a vice around my hip/groin area and wouldn't let up. It was terrible. In all my training runs, I never felt anything like it. I know I can do better and I am going to run another marathon in 2017, however I would like to lose at least 20 pounds before then.
Fast forward to today. I started a ketogenic diet the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I never had 'keto flu,' and found it wasn't that hard for me to acclimate to the diet once I got past the sugar withdrawal. I have had a couple 'cheat days' since then. One during a surprise party for my 40th birthday, and one on my actual birthday. Both days I went well over 100 carbs and managed to stay in ketosis (as validated by the use of ketone strips). I feel great. Really great. My energy levels are high at all times except when working out. Apparently, it can take eight weeks to get your body fully functioning in regards to using ketones instead of carbs for energy during exercise. Until then, I just have to accept that I will feel like I'm running in mud - totally worth it if I can lose the weight and build lean mass.
I should also mention that I'm working out in a H.I.I.T type class at lunch 2x weekly. I started that over a year ago in support of staying healthy during marathon training and I managed to stay healthy throughout marathon training in no small part because of the overall strengthening I got from the class. Cross training is necessary!
Anywho...I will update periodically on how ketosis is going and any weight changes I see. So far, I have lost 6 pounds, but have also missed period (i'm not prego, but I do think my hormones have been affected by the high level of fat in my diet).