A few people have asked what my secret is for losing so much weight in such a short time. 12.2 lbs since November 1st, but who's counting?
To be perfectly honest, I have struggled with over-eating my entire life. I have gone through countless periods of deprivation and binging. Each time I think I finally get a handle on it, something sets me back and I find myself trapped in a vicious cycle once again. I have very much an "all or nothing" personality. I am typically either 100% focused and 'on plan' or 100% off the rails. Moderation... hmm, what's that? It's something I am learning, slowly but surely.
Even during past marathon training, at times when I would consider myself to be very fit and healthy, I still caught myself overeating far too often. Last summer, despite running 80-90 KM most weeks, I still managed to gain weight. Clearly I was eating more calories than my body needed and this is something I really want to get a grip on going into my next training cycle starting in January.
But I'm getting off track here.... the "secret" to my most recent success has been quite simple: tracking calories. It's amazing how easily I will mindlessly eat the day away without even paying attention to what or how much I am consuming. I started using Sparkpeople.com to document every morsel that goes in my mouth and it seems to be doing the trick.
I am much more aware of what I'm eating and yes, I think twice before going back for that second helping or saying "yes please" to dessert. I intend to continue tracking through the holidays (and beyond) and hope that it will prevent overindulgence. (Don't worry, I promise I will be cutting myself some slack over the holidays!)
Additionally - yes, I have also been exercising/running like a crazy person. The running is nothing new of course, but I've worked at incorporating quite a bit of cross-training into my routine. It's good for my overall strength and conditioning, and I also believe it has had a pretty big impact on my weight. Sometimes you really need to shake things up and give the body something new to work with.
A lot of my motivation in implementing all of the above came from reading Racing Weight. It inspired me to make the changes necessary to lose weight and therefore (hopefully) run faster.
2011 PRs... I'm coming for you.
HBBC Ongoing Tally Week of Dec. 11-17
Dec. 11 - run (6.8), Bootcamp (4) = 10.8
Dec. 12 - run (16.8)
Dec. 13 - run (5), F&V (1) = 6
Dec. 14 - run (8), weights (1), F&V (1) = 10