Days to the 2015 SF Marathon: 238
Weekly Total: -3 (a bit inflated since I was using 2 different scales this week)
The past two years have been pretty dismal for my weight loss goals – instead of reaching my goal weight, I ended up gaining back some of the weight I’ve lost. I have a hard enough time losing weight so trying to lose weight I’ve already lost (2? 3? times, maybe more) is annoying, disappointing, and disheartening. I wish I could say that the past 2 years have been a joyride of excess and laziness but they have not (had that been the case, that would have made it far less heartbreaking). I ran a freaking marathon last year and 5 half marathons this year. I’ve been regularly working out a few times a week and for the most part, eating pretty healthy. For a lot of reasons that I’m not going to go into here, I haven’t been able to be as vigilant as I was in 2012 when I was blogging regularly about my progress. For me to maintain my weight loss and continue to lose weight, I have to be nearly perfect. I need to workout 5-6 times a week, plan and make my own meals of unprocessed foods (lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, & lean protein), drink lots of water, get a lot of sleep, and be accountable to myself by blogging. And it is no surprise that I have to be nearly perfect, I’ve got a lot of things going against me: I’ve never been thin (the research shows that if you’re a fat kid, you’re pretty much doomed to be a fat adult), I might be genetically disposed to being fat (I don’t know this for sure but judging by how hard I have to work to lose weight and the number of people in my immediate and extended family who struggle with their weight, I’m guessing this may be the case), and I’ve already lost a lot of weight which means I actually need to consume less calories than someone who’s at my current weight and hasn’t lost any weight. I’ve tried numerous times in the past 2 years to kickstart things but they’ve backfired every time. I think a huge part of my failures has been trying to count points or calories. Given my long history of trying to lose weight, anything that involves restricting my food and trying to be within a certain limit is a bad idea for me. I usually see really fast results at first but I get so irrationally obsessed (e.g. if I’m actually physically hungry but out of points/calories, I get super stressed out about having to go over my limit or try really hard to not eat anything even though I’m physically hungry) with trying to be within the prescribed limit that I end up feeling so deprived that I go off the rails. I lost 80 pounds the first time around by not counting calories or points – I worked out regularly and ate whatever I wanted (that was healthy) and followed my intuitions around my hunger. It wasn’t fast but it worked before and I think it can work again.
OK, so now that all that negative emotional baggage is out of the way, here’s to a fresh start. I’m using the 2015 SF Marathon as a good goal to work towards. If I have any chance of completing that marathon in under the 6 hour time limit, there are some things I need to work on in the next 7-8 months:
- lose a significant amount of weight. It’s pretty simple, the leaner you are, the better of a runner you get (you’re faster and you won’t hit the wall as fast). My goal is to lose between 40 – 60 pounds by the time race day comes. Needless to say, that’s really really aggressive for me but I have to at least try (because honestly any progress is good progress).
- improve my cardio endurance. This means doing other types of cardio, other than running. Over the past 2 years, I’ve been pretty bad about getting any other cardio in other than running. I recently bought an erg (indoor rower), which I absolutely love. I love being able to work out at home, how freaking hard it is, that it works out your whole body, and that it is low impact. After about a month of regular rowing, I’ve finally managed to work my way up to rowing for a whole hour. I’m super super proud of that.
- get stronger. Other than my weekly workout with my trainer, I’ve been neglecting resistance/strength training. I want to make sure that I’m getting 2-3 sessions a week of strength training, specifically focusing on things that will improve my running (like planks, squats, lunges).
- get less tight. I haven’t been very good about stretching and foam rolling every day (I’m usually pretty good about doing that after running). I don’t have a runner’s body and I’m injury-prone so neglecting the daily stretching/foam rolling means that I’m super super tight. I’m actually taking the next month off from running and going to be spending more time on the rower & stretching.
So that’s the plan going forward, onto to week 1. I was at home visiting my parents most of the week for Thanksgiving. I brought along my travel scale, which I used for my first weigh-in on Monday morning. I really like the convenience of having that scale with me when I travel (it is nice to have something to be accountable to) but it tends to be a few pounds heavier than my bathroom scale. So I really have no idea if I actually lost 3 pounds this past week or if I just maintained my weight. Given that I was traveling, visiting my parents, and it was Thanksgiving week, I’m pretty happy with this week’s progress (even if I really didn’t lose any weight because I typically gain 3-5 pounds when I travel). Overall, I thought I did pretty well this week. I tried to eat mostly healthy stuff all week (except for eating dessert on Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving day) and I worked out 4 times:
- Monday – resistance training at my parents’ house (and with no equipment!). I did planks, side planks, burpees, mountain climbers, crunches, lunges, side lunges, squats, and jumping jacks.
- Wednesday – same resistance training workout as Monday
- Thursday – 5K turkey trot race
- Sunday – another resistance training workout at home (pretty similar to Monday & Wednesday but added some upper body weight training)
I’m really happy that I managed to get 3 strength training workouts but I wish I had a chance when to row this week. But there’s always next week!