I manage a country homestead and the lives of my 4 babies ages 10,8,5 and 3. I LOVE TO RUN and NEED to keep healthy and fit for my SANITY!! Seriously....All problems are solved when I am running.

Making MY health a priority allows me to be the mother and wife that I need to be for them.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Post Running Weight Gain

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.

1 comment:

AnnG said...

tips that we all can learn and benefit from... and we will be healthier for it too!