Like almost everyone I know, my life is busy and it’s a challenge every single day to accomplish what needs to be accomplished. In fact, I don’t really search for balance in my life, so much as I try to make sure that every piece of my life gets to be the priority at one point or another.
But that’s not the balance I’m talking about today. My quest for balance right now has more to do with calories in versus calories out. The combination of getting older, having a few months of less intense exercise, and holiday splurges have plumped me up a little bit. (I’m not even going to get into “happy weight vs. ideal weight vs. what I see in the mirror” ’cause that’s a whole ‘nother post.) Let’s just leave it at my jeans are a little snug and I don’t like it.
I’ve been watching what I’m eating since January 1 and I’m down a couple of pounds. This is all well and good, but I found on my run yesterday that my legs felt without energy and my stomach was growling by mile 5. I had eaten my normal pre-run meal of a PBJ when I woke up and a banana about 30 minutes before the run, so I should have been fine. It makes me wonder how much my running was affected by three days of careful eating.
How do you handle trying to lose weight and build your mileage at the same time? I don’t mind being hungry, but I’m not a fan of crashing during a run. For now, I’m trying to eat more breakfast in the morning since I tend to run or workout around 9 each day.
Of course, the route I chose may have played a role – I hit super hungry at mile 5, which just happened to be the top of the last big hill…
BTW, Lisa – 8.2 miles yesterday in a lovely yellow hat covers that piece of our bet LOL.