This is not a weight loss blog, but a healthy living blog. I have never talked about my weight (until today !). I do not diet because I do not believe in food restriction, crazy weight loss plans, nor a miracle solution. I feel that weight can be managed long term with a healthy life style.
So why talk about my weight today ?
My current eating habits are not where I would like them to be. They could be defined as 60% healthy / 40% “less healthy / indulgence”.
And this has shown up on the scale. I have gained weight, 10 pounds over the past 3 years. 10 pounds is a lot on a 5 foot 2 inch frame, especially when it all goes to my middle / back / chest.
10 pounds means all my pants are tight. It means if I want to be comfortable, I need to wear a dress… anything that is not snug around the middle. It means I went up a pant size. It means all my summer dresses / tops are too tight across the upper back / breast area. Living with clothes which are tight is not comfortable.
I am not overweight, but that doesn’t mean I feel physically good about myself.
So what have I decided to do about it ?
As I said before, dieting does not work for me. But that doesn’t mean I can not tweak my diet. My weight gain is in large part due to overeating (because of stress, difficulty managing my appetite while traveling, and too many indulgences).
Because my marathon training starts beginning of October, everyone / all the literature says do not loose weight while training, I have decided to
try and loose weight before training starts.
My objective ?
I want to loose fat.
I want to loose 5 to 8 pounds of fat for improved physical performance that will help me be a better runner.
More specifically, I am going to :
- Be more mindful about what I eat, what I am feeling before eating and how I feel as I eat, when I feel full
- Reduce portion sizes / number of indulgences
- Plan for temptations
- Up my strength training
As with any goal, measuring progress is important. I have a scale but hardly ever use it anymore (maybe this is correlated to my weight gain ?). But I know that I have put on muscle over the years and want to be sure if I lose weight, I am losing fat and not muscle. So I bought a scale that measures BMI.
So there it is ! Its out there ! I am embarking on a minor weight loss journey. The timing is right and I am convinced it can only help my running.
What are your thoughts on weight loss ? What one thing has helped you ?