Every time I start training for a marathon, one side of my brain tells my body it’s party time and eat, eat, eat and the other side is telling my body to holdt up! It’s a constant struggle for me to balance my brain and my body’s needs and wants.
Just a few years ago, training for my first marathon, I could eat what I wanted and I kept at my same weight comfortably and maybe lost just a bit right before marathon day. Fast forward to 40 and my 6th marathon training, my body laughs at me. It’s way more used to running higher miles and weeks were I could run 25 miles to maintain my weight have now jumped to 30-35 miles. With a slowing metabolism and a body that’s really used to running, the pounds are slowly packing on.
I was super excited with our Gasparilla training. I was adding back to back long runs and I was certain that would be the thing I needed to keep me in check and add in doing MAF training, which helps my body burn fat for fuel vs relying on sugar, I thought I’d found the magic formula. Insert loud annoying sound here: UNNNNTTTT!
So what did I have to do??
I started logging my food using My Fitness Pal, tracking my calories and started being even more active. I had to do something else to “confuse” by body which by now is really proficient at running. It’s not a shock to my body any more to run. I started the PiYo videos, walking 10,000 steps on days I was only running a mile, and upped my protein and lowered my carbs just a bit.
Did it work?
Heck no!! The lbs went up not by one but by 3, then by 7?! So I looked at other ways to change things, I watched my portions and only enjoyed adult beverages on the weekends and only when we went out to dinner. I was seriously not having any fun now. Everything I ate was being tracked. I stopped snacking. I was sticking to my 1,550 calories per day, a bit more when I ran. Running 30+ miles a week and all this too and still gaining?!
Did all that finally do the trick?
Um, no. It didn’t. So I said forget it, it is what it is. My weight generally goes up in the winter time. Once I’m finished with marathon training, I’ll be able to add in other classes at the Y. Go back to BodyPumping. Start following the PiYo plan more strictly. I’ll continue to log my food and track my activities, but that’s it. Life is way to short to not just live. A few pounds are just that…a few pounds. The crazy thing in all of this, my clothes still fit the entire time. You’d think after 40 years of being in this body, I’d understand it better.
I go back in July for part two of the Great Weigh In. I’ll use that as my target date to see change.
What do you do to help with weight gain or maintenance? Is it tricky for you too?
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