Here’s what I found out about my body:
Last week, I did 2 days of Metabolic Effect workouts (I missed one day), and three days of running (sprints, tempo and a long run of 9 miles for a total of about 14.3 miles in the week). I also did easy walking three times. I stopped worrying about calories and just ate based on what I know about my body (more nutrition from protein and veggies, and a little starchy carbs, although I admit I had some multigrain chip binges).
Last week, I lost almost 2 pounds, putting me at 152.8. I had been stuck around 155 for weeks. I was very excited, and got my nails done as a reward. Sparkles!
The difference between 155 and 152.8, I believe, was more walking and less worrying about getting “enough” or “too many” calories. I ate when I was hungry, and like I said above, I ate based on what I know about how my body processes protein, veggies and starches. Unfortunately, I think I lost muscle since my measurements did not change.
This week, I didn’t run at all. My left leg, just below my left knee, and my left ankle were not feeling right the day after the 9-miler, so I decided to just take a whole week off of running. I did 3 days of Metabolic Effect workouts and I WALKED EVERY DAY. One day, I walked twice. Walking mileage was just over 8 miles for the week (I will walk again today). I continued to not worry about calories, just like last week, and ate pretty much the same as last week. Again, I had a few carb-binge sessions. (I cannot have those damn multigrain chips in my house!)
This week, I gained .2 pounds to put me at 153. POINT TWO. That’s nothing. I basically stayed the same. My measurements did not change again. I also got my lovely “gift” today, which I can usually blame for some weight gain.
I find this so interesting. Last week, and the week before, I ran more than I’ve run in a while (since I’m training for Nashville), and this week I did not run at all and stayed the same. But I did my weights. And I ate well (probably 80% of the time), and I walked a lot.
I’m really enjoying walking. I put on a podcast and just go during my lunch break. It helps that the weather has been less wet, and I can get outside. At home, I’ll walk and watch a show on TV. It’s hard to watch a show when I run on the treadmill because I can’t hear the dialogue very well.
I also have been enjoying walking because I can think. I’m back to working on my writing and I can think about things when I’m on a walk. I think when I’m on a run, but it’s different. Not as clear or deep.
I still enjoy running, but it’s nice to reinforce the idea that I don’t need it. Running is more fun when it’s not homework. Still. I have a bunch of races coming up, so I will get back to running this week.
April races: Seahawks 12K on 4/13, Country Music Half Marathon (RNR Nashville) on 4/26 Zoe repping Nuun. (BTWs, watermelon is back!)
Five-Mile Lake Women’s Tri on 6/15. I did this race last year and loved it. Want to try a tri? It’s the perfect little race. Women only. Friendly, easy going atmosphere. Use the discount code SANITYDEPT 14 to save 10% on your entry fee!
Snohomish Women’s Run on 5/18. This is a women’s half, which will be closed to 500 participants, so sign up now! Use the discount code MOMVSMARATHON2014 to save 10% on your entry fee! The shirts are awesome and if you sign up by 4/25, you can get a personalized race bib. Here are the shirts:
Have a great weekend everyone!
I love those Snohomish shirts. That’s my anniversary weekend (and a basketball tourney) or I would sneak up there with you.
I love the idea of walking and weight lifting. I’m really going to give it a go in May. Love me a good podcast…
Congrats on breaking that plateau, glad you are figuring it out.