In late January of this year, something freaky happened:
Where 138-142 had become a bit of a comfort zone, suddenly I found myself up at 147 pounds without much understanding as to why that happened. Yes, I know that 5 pounds out of my range is no big deal, but for someone who has battled being overweight from the age of 9 on... well, it was making me nervous. What if I couldn't stop the trend? What if it kept going up, up, up? Why wasn't my running helping me lose weight anymore?
I started meeting with my dietitian in April, and we set up a few goals:
- Start taking some new kind of class to switch up my workout routine.
- Add protein/fat to my morning meals.
- Reduce dinner calories.
Calorie counting is missing here for a reason: I counted all of my calories from 2007 until 2013. I wore a BodyMedia FIT armband for several years. Counting calories and knowing my exact caloric burn had become a habit, even a crutch for me. Back in September (a few months before the weight gain started) I finally felt mentally and emotionally ready to stop using data to tell me whether or not I was hungry and start listening to my body.
I was proud of this transition and didn't want to give that up without a fight.
I tried my dietitian's goals for two weeks. I started adding a chicken sausage to my breakfast, some nut butter to a snack. I had protein smoothies for dinner. I reduced my intake of dairy-free ice cream (sob!).
When I weighed in two weeks later, my weight was exactly the same: 147.2
My dietitian and I chatted a bit, and decided to lay out some new - tougher - goals to see if that would help promote a change in the right direction:
- 1500 calories/day (yes, back to calorie counting)
- Add weight-bearing exercise (hiking with extra weight, most likely - goodbye gym membership)
- Add speed work to my running repertoire
I've been doing super well with my dietary goals and it has paid off in the last few weigh-ins:
As far as speed work, that's going to take some encouragement. Right after my meeting with Ms. Dietitian, though, I ended up running my fastest 1k and 5k via Nike+, so I've decided that'll count for now. :)
Here's my issue: running on a calorie deficit is hard. My 10 mile run this weekend was totally brutal, and I'm 90% sure it was because of depleted glycogen stores. I ended up stopping twice because I needed to give myself a mental pep talk, something that has maybe happened once since I started running.
Has this happened to any of you? Any advice for prepping (without overdoing it) for my half marathon on Sunday?
Here's how my week of training went:
- Monday: Graduate school, rest day.
- Tuesday: 3.67 miles / 8:10 pace.
- Wednesday: 4.06 miles / 8:39 pace. Got a run in before an evening parents' night at my district headquarters. I was a sweaty mess (oops) but it was worth it.
- Thursday: ... so instead of running in the rain, I got a pedicure and went out to dinner.
- Friday: 3.17 miles / 8:33 pace. Ran a quick 5k before volunteering at Everyday Athlete's packet pick-up for the Kirkland Mother's Day 5k and Half Marathon.
- Saturday: 10.0 miles / 8:51 pace. First run since cutting calories and it was rough. I've got to work on a better pre-run plan for next weekend's half marathon!
- Sunday: Family Mother's Day hike: 6.7 miles of steady switchbacks to Twin Falls.
Total Distance: 20.92 milesAverage Pace: 8:39 per mile (yahoo!)
Last Week's Goals:
- Run three times. Ferreal. (Four. BAM.)
- YOGA YOGA YOGA. (Due to my enthusiasm for adding an extra run this week, I seem to have failed this goal.)
- Try for two runs on Saturday: the Ruff Run 5k in the morning, and add another 7 miles in the afternoon. It's taper time, in preparation for the May 18th Snohomish Women's half marathon! (Ruff Run 5k was cancelled last week due to low enrollment, so I got all 10 miles in at once.)
- Taper, Amy. Taper. 2-3 runs of 3-5 miles this week before Sunday's half marathon.
- YOGA YOGA YOGA. Tuesday and Thursday.
- Keep focusing on my new calorie parameters and try to stay within reason on Saturday (ie: work on the "food is fuel" to "food makes me gain weight" ratio a bit).