It has been a while since I’ve posted, and sort of a roller coaster the last couple of weeks. I believe I’ve found some new focus to hopefully carry me through to October and my half marathon, as well as hitting my weight loss goals.
A couple of weeks back, some frustration was setting in. Perhaps the daily grind was just getting to me, as it can tend to do. I probably needed a break.
Well, I ended up taking one. This coincided with a decision I made to alter my nutrition plan (aka diet). Since January, I had lost about 65 lbs on “The Four Hour Body” diet. My running started in late February. The problem was that I had stalled and I wasn’t losing any more weight. I have some theories about what the issue was, but it really doesn’t matter as the end product was pure frustration. I decided to switch my diet plan to Weight Watchers and give it a try. I thought this my kick-start me back into gear.
The results? Disastrous! Now, I’m not blaming Weight Watchers. I did not follow the plan. Partially this was due to the fact that I was ravenously hungry all of the time. I ate, but couldn’t eat enough; particularly in the evenings. On Four Hour Body, I would occasionally get hungry, but this wasn’t a big problem.
For one week, I was able to keep up my running but I didn’t cross-train so much. I ate way too much of foods that aren’t that good for me. I was able to get in an 11 mile long run and did pretty well with it, although I had some aches and pains in the ankle afterward. By the time this week was over with, I had put on 10 lbs and didn’t feel good at all.
So Sunday morning I started back on the Four Hour Body. I was supposed to put in a three mile run, as well, but I was still hurting. I think I might have to cut down on the training a bit; I’m considering 3 days a week instead of 4, or just seeing how I feel before deciding whether or not to throw a 4th in.
The results thus far: I have lost the 10 lbs again and I feel better. My ankle is still bothering me a bit, but I hope it gets better with some lighter running over the next week or so. I have a trip to Vegas planned in almost exactly one month, so I plan to be dedicated to the diet and running until that time, then take a two day break to enjoy all that Vegas has to offer (at least the legal stuff). I think a break every once and while helps maintain the sanity. As far as nutrition, I am going to try to consume some protein and maybe a small amount of sugar pre-long run; something like a tablespoon of peanut butter. I’ll see how that goes. I’m only two miles shy of a half marathon, so I think I’ll be good.
So that’s my roller coaster story for the past week. I’m back on track and ready to push for St. Louis in October.
Enjoy your progress!