Did you know that you can train for a marathon and still lose weight? It's true! I'm living proof! :) Since we kicked off marathon training at the beginning of December I am happy to report I am down 7.8 lbs. Wahoo!
How do I do it?
Well I don't do anything crazy or out of the norm. I keep everything balanced and in check with my Weight Watchers tracking. Hey, if it ain't broke don't fix it. I find I need to use more of my extra Points (WPs and APs) to make sure my body fuels enough to train and shed weight.
Tracking allows me to keep the RUNGRY HORRORS at bay and give me a rude wake-up call when I pull out the excuse of:
Well I ran today I can have lots of XXXXXX.
Anyone else get that way?
Well the thing about always training for long distances is my body has a HIGH baseline on the Activelink. Soooo a 3 mile run isn't what it used to be on old Activity Point barometer. You feel me?
With tracking and the Good Health Guidelines I try to keep my splurges in check. To be 100% honest (as I always am with you folks), my week starts on Friday and I tend to be in the negative by Monday morning. That means I go through DPT, WPs and any APs earned.
I then spend Monday-Thursday trying my best to earn enough APs to get back into the positive.
Is this ideal? Hellz No.
BUT I find that it allows me to indulge when I want to with friends (which tends to be on the weekend) and bring it back on track during the weekdays (when I am more boring).
NOW I always listen to my body. Fueling for the race is my highest priority so I do track everything I eat during runs/workouts.
I could cut out wine, beer and fries and be set, but that isn't what I am about. And hey! I didn't lose the 83 pounds to give those up completely. That's just not how MY plan works.
So last week I had the big shocking loss which meant I FULLY expected a huge gain this week to balance it out. I mean I was sick last week so I figured that had to be it.
Well I ended up breaking even on the scale. Weighed in again at 152.
Still my lowest weight since 6th grade.
This past weekend was challenging as I was feeling healthier so I did more socializing. This meant I was in the hole Points-wise by Monday morning. So for accountability I posted my tracker each day to Facebook and Twitter for support. I didn't even care if anyone commented on it. I had to put it out there for me.
And it worked!
How about that? I even went out and splurged on St. Patrick's Day with my friend and fellow WW Leader Susan.
And there was some estimating! I didn't bring my travel food scale to the bar so we both did the best we could to put something in!
So going back to weekly weigh-ins and sharing more with friends and social media has helped me shed about 8 lbs in 2015.
For awhile I tried just weighing in once a month (minimum requirement as a WW Employee and Lifetime Member), but it didn't work for me. I wasn't keeping the balance and consistency I needed.
Pro Tip: When I need a little self-confidence boost during the day, I'll randomly set an alarm with a motivating message! Perks up my mood and puts a smile on my face!!
Have you ever had to fight out of the negative during a Weight Watchers week?