What makes me run better? Staying at the right racing weight.
I am on a running rest day. A day where I can let me body take the break it needs and focus on some other aspects of running.
For me, it’s my diet.
It took me about a year and a half to lose 120 pounds. I put in A LOT of hard work to lose that weight. Once it started to come off, I was so motivated to stay CONSISTENT with my diet and exercise to avoid the weight fluctuation. I wanted to lose the weight. I DID. Now, I want to KEEP IT OFF.
So far so good. To be honest? I don’t really think about weight loss anymore. I made on of the hardest changes of all. I made a LIFESTYLE CHANGE when it came to food. Healthy foods are just what I eat now. I keep a healthy weight. I think it helps I do not think about food. I keep healthy whole foods around me and I stay in moderation. I focus on other things.
But here is what I did to get here.
I started out on Weight Watchers, counting points. Which was fine, til I realized I was still eating a lot of preservatives and “fake food.” I realized that I could drink a Diet Coke for zero points, but that the diet coke was still bad for me. So, I turned my attention to a Weight Watchers Whole Foods diet. I still counted points, but only ate Whole Foods. I became a vegetarian and after a year, realized soy was messing with my Estrogen, so I dropped soy and added fish back into my diet. If I ate yogurt, or too much dairy, my sinuses would clog and I would get the worst eye bags. So, I dropped most dairy.
I do not count points so much anymore. I just stick to this primary diet.
Believe it or not, I eat the same breakfast everyday. I like it that much.
3 Egg Whites
A sprinkle of Vegan Almond Jalapeno Cheese
Coffee with Almond Creamer
Same lunch, too. I JUICE! The fruits and vegetables may change. As of late, I love the following combo:
5 Stalks Celery
1 Green Apple
If I am still hungry after my juice, I have a can of tuna. I will cut up some pickle or jalapeno and put it on some lettuce with balsamic vinegar.
Here is where I will fluctuate. I go 2 different ways.
Dinner Option #1
Portion of fish – my favorites are salmon or flounder
Portion of Rice or Sweet Potato
Vegetable, like roasted zucchini, tomatoes, kale seasoned with Herbamare
Fresh cut fruit for dessert
Dinner Option #2
Beans – some version of beans. I either spice up some black beans or smash up some pintos
Put the beans on a taco shell broken in half
Fresh cut fruit for dessert
The beans REALLY fill me up!
I EAT EARLY. If I don’t I will SNACK all day. SNACKING can be so detrimental to me, so I try to focus on healthy eating early.
But I do snack. If I am hungry during the day, I will have some almonds or Wasa Light Rye Crackers with mustard and pickles. Or a hard boiled egg. If I get hungry around 7 at night, this is also what I have. A cup of hot tea helps my appetite, as well. If I am still hungry, I have fruits and vegetables always available. I eat those.
I do not have a sweet tooth. I have a beer/wine tooth. Once the kids are in bed, I watch TV for a bit. Some nights, I will have a beer (white IPA’s are my favorite) or a glass of white wine.
Of course there are some deviations. Going out to eat, going to a friends house, or a BBQ, vacations – they all could bring different food challenges. But all I have to think about is all the hard work I put in to get to where I am. Also HOW MUCH BETTER I FEEL as a runner and in general, at this weight. I try to make the right choice when I am out.
I vary my spicing, I switch up how I make my sweet potato. I will post some recipes. But this is the core of how I lost weight and keep it off.
How do you maintain your ideal racing weight? Let me know!