Okay. If you know my story, you know getting on the scale was something I totally avoided. Numbers on the scale don’t tell the full story. Well, a couple months ago, I knew I was at my heaviest. I was still running a lot, but I was also eating as much as I wanted.
I can burn 1500 calories in a 2.5 hour trail run… and I can gain that all back with a big Chipotle burrito and a huge cup of fro-yo (with toppings).
It’s a lot easier to eat those calories than to burn it off. Simply… my appetite was raging, and I let myself indulge.
I actually didn’t mind being heavier all that much except for the fact that it does not help me in running faster for long distances. I knew that if I wanted to race at a fast pace, I needed to be at an optimal race pace.
Just out of curiosity, I weighed myself a couple times. “Whoa. Never seen that number before. This is the heaviest I’ve ever been.” Then, I moved on. I did not judge the weight or become depressed… I just took it as a nice starting point and decided to slowly work down from it.
It kind of helped when I finished my marathon at the end of May. I was also done with school and living back at home. This meant that I could join in a lot of the group runs with my running group! It also meant that I was just 10-20 minutes away from some of my favorite trails!
If you can go trail running (or start by hiking and slowly work up to trail running), DO IT! I can’t get enough of it and I think that has been the major factor in the weight loss.
Now, as I mentioned before, even when I was heavier, I was working out everyday. One thing I did a LOT of while living in SF was snack at night. I decided to cut that out (except for once in a while, of course). What I would say to myself is: “Do you really want that huge bowl of cereal more than you want to get to an optimal race weight?” About 9/10, I would decide to choose the optimal race weight over the cereal. This was important because I am still prone to binge-eating (eating disorder issues often linger), so that bowl of cereal usually ended up leading to a bag of chips, a PB sandwich, chocolate, etc. Snowball effect sometimes sucks.
^I guess this would be the before picture. Found the most unflattering one from the Big Sur Marathon, HAHAHA.
Anyways, for me, it’s not really about being super skinny. I’m pretty sure I would just be tired all the time. It’s about being a bit lighter and stronger so I can kill it in the longer distance races. I realized that the 25-29 age division is a lot tougher and faster than 20-24. And guess what… they get even faster in the 30’s! I’m trying not to fall behind, so I need to look at all areas of my life to make sure my performance gets better, not just having good workouts.
So I weight myself last week and saw that I was more than 12 pounds lighter than my heaviest (same as this morning).
^Dirty mirror. Whoops.
Another awesome thing… I covered 64.8 miles (most of it outside!)… in one freaking week. Dunno how that happened. Usually I would be able to know that I did too many miles because my ITB would be screaming. Well, technically, they were not all hard runs. A lot of them was just walking my dog around my hilly neighborhood or alternating jogging and running.
Now do YOU need to be running that much to lose weight? HECK NO. Just make little decisions each day and get there slowly with small victories.
Don’t ever be starving… I was never feeling starved during the last few weeks as the weight came off (probably because what I cut out are extra foods like some desserts, as well as the late-night eating).
For me, keeping a routine is also helpful. In the morning, I eat two slices of toast with PB or almond butter on them, and sliced banana on top. Boom. No fuss, no thinking. Breakfast is served. Oh, and coffee, of course.
As far as lunch and dinner, I just try to make them colorful and full of mostly veggies. Even when we went to Reno about two weeks ago, I lost two pounds (despite the major food-eating and buffeting we did!). Fill up with veggies, folks. You’ll be full and you’ll poop super easily.
Snacks I love involve fruit, and also a boiled egg with some Sriracha sauce. Keep it simple and easy to eat.
Those are just some little tips I picked up while shedding 12.5 pounds. I’d love to get ripped abs, but I know that means I have to start getting more strict with what I eat or don’t eat. Don’t know if I should ever get really strict.
[Disclaimer: I am not a certified personal trainer, nutritionist, or dietitian. I am simply sharing from my own experiences and knowledge. Always consult your physician before starting a new activity or changing your diet!]
Anywho, do you have any simple and easy weight loss tips you want to add?
Are you a scale-avoider (as I used to be)?