It is not that I think I need to lose weight, but more so, I want to be healthier. I want to be in better shape. I know that if the number on the scale goes down, my running paces get faster. I know I feel so much better when I am eating SPOT ON CLEAN. And I have been so off lately. I have a horrible habit of starting to eat whatever I want while I am training for a marathon (because I can . . .when I burn over 1,000 calories in a workout, a few potato chips or a bowl of ice cream, do not affect me that much). But, when the marathon is over and I am still eating the potato chips and ice cream, I have a problem. That problem starts to show on the scale when my running drops to single digit mileage in a week and my other workouts are not quite as rigorous. And that is what has happened in the last few weeks. The number on the scale jumped up a few pounds.
So, with my IT band acting up and my running limited to almost nothing, I started to feel lost. I had no physical goal set for myself. No PRs to get. No marathon to run. And when I do not have a goal, I flounder. Almost two weeks ago, I decided it was time to set a physical goal for myself again. I needed something to work toward. And getting my weight down to my goal weight was a natural goal to choose. After reading a couple of popular "diet" and running books, I was shocked to see what my ideal weight really should be. It is the number that I have always wanted to work toward, but a number I did not think I could achieve. But, I am going for it.
Actually, I have already started. I started at the beginning of this week. My diet has been squeaky clean. I even gave up coffee (I did not need to, but I am a flavored creamer gal and that stuff needed to go!). I have been doing Insanity every day. I have been keeping a daily journal of what I need to eat and everything that I do eat. I feel great and I have already lost weight.
So, when I saw Run With Jess' post on the marathon and half marathon weight loss challenge, I jumped on board. I love the accountability. I love the idea of winning prizes too!
And it just so happens, as of today, I am 13 lbs away from my goal weight!
Go check out the challenge and join on in!!