I’m gonna be honest here – I don’t have all the answers. I’m not even sure I have some of the answers. Fact: I gained weight when I trained for both previous marathons and I gained weight each time I trained for 5 half marathons in 5 days. I haven’t actually gained any weight in this training session, but I’m pretty sure that’s because I had already gained it all in my last training cycle. Yeah. That. And no, it’s not all muscle weight gain. There’s definitely more “fluff” on my body right now. I can feel it anytime I put on regular clothes. (OK, that’s easy to solve. Stop wearing anything without spandex. Done.)
Seriously though, for me at least, it’s a fine line between eating enough, eating too much, and not eating enough. And I cross the line on a regular basis.
So, here are a few things I’m doing right now to try to at least stay where I am weight-wise.
- Eating more protein, especially after my long runs
- Eating my cooked veggies and meats over salad instead of a carb (I’m actually kind of addicted to this combination
- Drinking more (and no, I don’t mean beer LOL)
- Trying to cut out processed foods. If I feel I must snack, I head for veggies, fruit or nuts. Or I cook an extra meal that combines my usual veggies, unprocessed carb (rice, quinoa, potato, sweet potato) and meat.
- Being really careful with my eating on days when I don’t have a longer run. I think that was part of the problem last time I trained: I ate like I was running 15-20 miles EVERY.DAY instead of once a week.
I’m far from perfect, but so far, I’m holding steady this time. I’d really love to hear your tips though. Maybe there’s one that might help me actually get rid of the winter pudge I have going on. (Yeah, I know, I should lift weights and that would probably help, but I can’t seem to get consistent with that.)
What say you, friends inside the computer?