Slow going lately. I am trying to remember that until January of this year I’ve been working a desk job. That means I’m terribly out of shape and was gaining weight on top of weight I’d never lost after having kids. And yes, those kids are 7 and 9 years old. Too long to blame “baby” weight and yet that is a lot of it. I just never took that off. I only added to it. Ugh.
As I’ve aged and changed after having kids taking weight off is even harder than it was before. I’m slowly re-learning how to get healthy and take the excess weight off so my heart and joints don’t have to work as hard. I used to just be able to work a physical labor job and the pounds would melt away. I used to have to have a milk shake with my lunch to make it through the afternoon with the amount of physical labor I was doing. Now, I can starve myself and run and I still don’t lose the weight. Changes are frustrating when they hinder what you want to do.
I don’t have a job that works my physically like that anymore. I’m learning how to feed me and the family on a healthier bit of food that will keep me feeling full without overwhelming me with calories that won’t come off as easily.
Why do I talk about this with running? Well, because I have to get into shape for a half-marathon I signed up for in September. That means in order to run that half my body would be a lot better off if I lost a lot of the excess weight. I’m packing a 50 pound pack of extra weight if you think about it. Imagine how far and fast I could run if I could set that down. Wouldn’t that be great?
I will say that I don’t really give a toss about my body image etc. I’m still rather comfortable with how I look. Its how I feel that bothers me. I want to be able to run with ease. I want to set a good example of health for my kids.
Those are big parts of my why I’m running.
A quick overview of my running plan for the summer:
May-June: prep for a 10k. I may or may not actually run one. I haven’t found one that doesn’t conflict with my schedule yet.
July-Most of September: My actual half-marathon training.
Most of what my training will consist of will be walk/runs with my dogs. And hiking. The half I’m doing is all on a mountain. It is a pretty steep route too. Of course I couldn’t do a nice flat route for my first one. Figures.
A couple of notes for me to keep track of… I am finding that I can run a lot longer and feel better after eating instant oatmeal with added protein for breakfast. Those mornings my runs feel pretty good. The mornings I don’t eat that I feel pretty crappy.
Like I said, this is a learning process to figure out what to eat and when to have the energy to run and still pull the weight off to make running easier.