Losing The Gain

I know I haven’t written a ton about my weight on The Blog for a long time.  And with good reason.  Besides The Great Post-Honeymoon Detox of 2011 and my lukewarm attempts at Intuitive Eating,  it hasn’t really been at the front of my mind.

But Kate talked about her marathon weight gain in the post, Why Count Calories? last weekend and that put a lot of the things I had been thinking about into words.

I’ve officially survived The Recovery Period.  Period.

Which means that it’s officially time to buckle down.  I briefly mentioned that I wanted to lose the marathon weight in The Manifesto that I published the day after I announced I wasn’t going to run the marathon.

You know, three weeks before I ended up running.

Tricky.

By the numbers: I’m 5 pounds above my “regular” weight and 10 pounds heavier than my lowest weight in the last year.

To make things more confusing, I know that during training I gained muscle and lost inches.

Bodies are so mysterious like that.

So I hope it makes sense that even though I want to change the situation, I’m not unhappy with my body.  Because in the last few months, my body has been to hell and back for me.  It has trained, recovered, raced, recovered and raced again.

Really, it’s a very simple proposition.  Fewer pounds = a faster time and less impact on my joints.

My next training cycle doesn’t start until mid-February, which means I have 14 really good weeks to focus on losing some pounds before I start training for Grandma’s.  I mean, besides speed training, that’s basically my job.

Do I have a food diary?  No.  I know that they work.  I’ve used them in their many incarnations (on the internet!  in a notebook!  on my iPod!) to great success.  But I also know that over the past two years I’ve become fairly practiced at keeping track of what I’m putting in my mouth.

It just so happens that there’s a major difference between the times where I’m paying attention/listening to my body and when I’m just Livin’ La Vida Loca.

So that’s the plan, really.  Eat Real Food in moderation.  Exercise daily.

No, this isn’t the part of the show where I announce weekly weigh-ins or weight loss tips.  Will I report back about how the next 14 weeks go?

Of course – in 14 weeks. 😉

How do you decide when The Creep has turned into full-on weight gain?

Have you ever gained weight training for a race?

Do you use a food journal to track what you eat?

16 responses to “Losing The Gain

  1. I don’t use a food journal; I’ve tried, but I don’t have the discipline, and, honestly, I always feel like I have to keep myself from eating what I like so I don’t feel badly when reading it back to myself later.
    The only thing I have found that works is to say “no” to second helpings (except pizza – I’m not a masochist). I really try hard to take my time and allow myself to get full (translation – don’t hork down my food). It’s not easy, especially when confronted with wonderfulness like doughnuts or cupcakes.
    But I have to say that I don’t really look at the scale. I make note of how my clothes fit, and when my doctor tells me that I’m within that weight zone, I’m OK with everything. I am now lighter than I was at my first post-pregnancy doctor’s appointment (daughter turned 3 yesterday), and that’s what I wanted to hear, especially after this summer; living in AZ means that the Creep happens in the summer, when it’s WAY too hot to run. Gotta figure that whole treadmill thing out.
    Oh, and you look pretty fantastic after all those runs! 🙂

  2. Girl, you have been doing bigger and better things than needing to worry about your weight. Still, I know it’s all about feeling good in your own skin so good luck to you.
    Races are so weird. Even if you’re eating right, weight starts to creep up when you’re training. At least that’s how it is for me. During my marathon training, I got to a higher weight than I’d been for the past year. However, when I finished, my weight dropped. Same thing with my half.
    When my weight is wavering three or more pounds above my happy weight, I know I need to keep an eye on it just so it doesn’t get out of hand.

  3. Using a food journal is hard, and requires dedication- which is probably why it does work. For me I just try to learn nutrition of my typical go to foods and stick with them. And unfortunately I do feel the creep coming out throughout the year, but I try to stay within a 5 pound range to keep my sanity. Good luck with the next 14 weeks!

  4. Ugh, I’m with you, no food journal for me. That would drive me crazy. I agree with you, all in moderation.

  5. I’ve accepted that colder weather equals me gaining 5 pounds, every year without fail. I’ve decided to embrace it (along with layers and sweaters), it usually goes away on it’s own after the holidays.

  6. I’m probably the last one to seek weight loss advice from. I’ve never managed to lose weight preparing for a run (10K). I have been enjoying MyFitness Pal of late though, on my phone.

  7. I do track what I’m eating. I use Sparkpeople.com, because it works for me. I tend to make better/healthier eating choices when I’m tracking than when I’m not. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but for me, it makes me less crazy when I track.

    I fully expect that the # on the scale will trend upward as I start marathon training for Grandma’s in a few weeks (I’m a very slow runner, so I have learned that I need a lot longer training period to build up to the distance than most people)).. but if I am eating healthy food to fuel my marathon training, I should lose inches/change body shape in a good way even if the scale shows “weight gain.”

    I need to get out of the mindset that I “ran a long distance today in training, so I can have this unhealthy food choice.” Food is fuel, I need to remind myself. I can splurge, as long as the splurge doesn’t become the norm.

    Have fun with training. I am beyond excited that I get to start my training program (Galloway’s run/walk program, designed to just finish the race) soon! I figure I’m a marathoner whether I come across in 3 hours (ha!) or 6 hours, 15 minutes.

  8. My best plan is to use a food tracker. I am not well enough in control yet to use my mind alone. Ugh. It’s annoying though. haha
    I don’t think your The Creep has yet to turn into full-on weight gain. I think that’s the 15 pound mark. No?

  9. In order to loose weight, I definitely eat real food in moderation. I don’t do a food journal, instead I go by how my clothes feel. If my jeans start to get tight, well then I know I need to lay off the booze or eat less carbs.

    I am big believer in strength training. Lifting weights increases your metabolism and cuts fat out of the picture quicker than just doing cardio.

    Really, all you need to do is be good to your body and it will take care of you!

  10. I used to be very diligent about logging what I ate but guess what? It just made me crazy! So I stopped. I also stopped running. And my appetite stopped being so ridiculous. And I went back to where I was supposed to be weight-wise.

    It’s hard being a girl, isn’t it? Love your plan though – smart, easy and very do-able!

  11. I use a free online tracker (myfitnesspal.com) and really notice that when I actually track it works. I really need to get back into it, but I keep dropping off and not doing it. Oops. Pretty sure that is where those couple pounds came from… and why they have not left yet.

  12. I don’t track, but on days when I feel like I’m super off track, I’ll start photographing everything and that tends to curb crazy eating lol.

  13. I haven’t (yet) gained while training, but I am nowhere near logging the kind of miles that you do. But I am glad to read that I might gain when training for a half, because if I didn’t know that I would probably freak out. I was great about what I was eating, even though my appetite got crazy-weird once I started running. Then I somehow convinced myself that on my run days I could indulge a little, which has turned into a full-on sugar bender for the past few weeks. Consequently, my runs are suffering. I’m still doing them, but man! It’s harder! Keeping a journal drives me nuts, so I just try to be smart and have protein at every meal, and fruits & veggies for snacks.

  14. Amen! It’s crazy how much weight I gain when I train for long distances- I still can’t get over the fact that it’s possible for me to gain weight so easily, yet lose it so slowly. Next year, I really want to work on getting faster, and I definitely think weight loss will help with that!

  15. Hmm..Can’t go wrong with a Lagunitas IPA.

    I liked your brew review. 🙂

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