I've gained a few pounds since I stopped training hard for my 1/2 Marathon. No big deal, but since my shorts and pants are too snug to be comfortable I would like to scale back 3 pounds. I know some of it is water weight (yes I've gained more than 3 pounds), but some of it is undeniably fat. Training for the Half has also trained my body to hold onto some of the food I consume for later use during long runs.
No big deal, but if I don't make some slight changes, before I know it I will be 10 pounds heavier in the fall and feeling quite uncomfortable in my own skin.
Being a Fit Mom takes constant effort. Fitness takes constant adjustment and I just need to tweak my diet a little to accommodate the less energy expenditure I'm doing.
What works for me....
-No snacking after supper. (This is NOT easy for me to do)
-Increase my water intake.
-Decrease my Carb intake at meal time. To do this I fill everyone else's plate first. I then give myself a child size portion of carbs (noodles/rice/potatoes), I make sure my plate is at least 1/2 filled with salad and vegetables, and keep a normal portion of protein.
-I make sure I eat breakfast. This is key. I will have energy for the day and burn it off in the waking hours. If you skip breakfast you will be so hungry later in the afternoon/evening that you will crave sugar and increase your chances of binging.
-Finally, I will simply eat a tiny bit less. I will NOT pick at food while I make lunches, and I will try to only eat lunch when my tummy is hungry. I will Sit down for my lunch and consume only what is there. You would be AMAZED at the amount of calories consumed while eating a bite of this and a bite of that throughout the course of a day.
Simple yes, but not easy to do. I love food and love to eat. But I love to feel good in my clothes too and can do this. Being a Fit Mom is a balance and a constant adjustment. It takes work but is sooo worth it. I'm worth it. So are you.