For the last few years, I’ve been in a bit of a rut. Or maybe it’s more of a repetitive pattern. Build my mileage, run a series of half marathons or a marathon, drop my mileage for a while. Repeat over and over. This has worked really well to get in new states and a few series, but the results haven’t been great for my overall fitness. Sure, I can run long and slow for a really long time, but I have zero upper body strength and I’ve become “chubby fit”.
This summer I had a really awful stomach bug with symptoms that lasted for nearly a month. The only good thing about that was that I dropped 5 pounds. (Not a weight loss method I’d recommend.) I feel much more comfortable in my clothes now, but not necessarily comfortable in my skin. I also am finding that as I approach 50 (a few years from now), my body does not have the resilience it once had. I’ve been lucky enough to avoid real injury, thanks to listening to what my body says (plus regular massages LOL), but I feel like I’m often at the precipice. Add in the weird little health issues I’ve had this fall and I knew I needed to make a change.
So, I decided to try something different. And since the topic for today’s Tuesdays on the Run is “trying something new”, this is the perfect time to talk about it.
Just last week, I signed up for a program called “Faster Way to Fat Loss” with Amanda Tress. (If you click this link and purchase, I will receive a commission.)
It’s a program that incorporates lifting heavy, HIIT cardio, carb cycling, and intermittent fasting. I’ve used all of these things at different times in the past with some success, but never seemed to be able to put all the pieces together at the same time. Amanda’s program came highly recommended to me by a coupe of IRL friends and I’m between races right now, so it seemed like a good time to try it.
We did this in one of the workouts this week and it’s a lot harder than it looks…
My verdict so far? It makes sense and it’s working really well for me. I’m only a week in, but I’ve already seen some small changes in my body. More importantly, I’m paying more attention to what I’m eating and making smart choices. And yes, I can have the occasional beer with it (I could never do a program where I give up beer completely for long periods of time LOL.) Even better, I’ve managed to still keep running and am 19 days into the Runner’s World Run Streak without having to compromise much. I even managed to run a 15K race + 5 miles home from the race this weekend.
Nevermind that I was so cold I ran the whole race in my throwaway shirt…
In the end, this is really about running. I want to be running when I’m in my 70s and 80s (heck, I’d love to still be doing races in my 90s). I need to take better care of my body and find a better balance. I haven’t been able to manage it on my own and I’ve learned that I don’t love going to classes or working with a trainer. This program is giving me the guidelines I need to do things on my own terms when I have the time in my own home and right now that’s gold to me.