Paying Attention

I’ve been running now for more than a year. My husband and I have gotten pretty serious about this exercise and racing thing – him with a 70.3 in October and me with a 26.2 in December. Since we started, we’ve made life changes instead of the temporary ones. We eat high quality foods but also treat ourselves when we feel like it. We also drink alcohol less, sleep more and incorporate exercise regularly.

I’ve noticed a change in my body already and clothes are fitting differently. It’s also taken a while to see these changes. We look at ourselves daily and for most of us, with a critical eye. My mindset has already started to change, I no longer always nitpick about areas I want to change, but appreciate my body for what it’s capable of. My body is strong enough to run 15 miles one day and kick butt during a triathlon the next day. I never thought I’d be able to do that. That being said, I definitely have those days where there is nothing to wear and everything feels bad.

I now want to help my body along and I’m making the public declaration to help me be accountable. There is still some weight to lose that will help my body be healthier and faster. We wouldn’t run for fun with an extra 15 pound belt strapped to our waist (well, some of us) so why do we want to run with an extra 15 pounds we can lose? At this point I understand it’s not a number thing – I am not aiming to loose X amount of pounds, I just want to be healthier. I want less fat and more strong muscle.

In order to do that, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I want to do this the smart way and I don’t want to hurt my training and recovery. I’m currently reading Sports Nutrition for the Endurance Athlete by Monique Ryan and it’s really helped change my thinking in regards to food and fueling. (I’ll do a review once I’m finished) I’ve also started tracking my food intake which has been an eye opener. I really need to work on adjusting my intake on days I don’t exercise/recovery days. I’m using My Fitness Pal and it seems to have most of the foods I eat. I like inputting the foods I’m thinking about eating for a meal and seeing how that impacts the rest of my day’s fuel.

I’m excited and nervous to start this journey of trying to really pay attention to my needs on a daily basis. I know it’s okay if I have a bad day and need some ice cream, but I hope those good days far outweigh the bad.

How have you changed your eating habits / exercise habits to change your body make up?

One Comment on “Paying Attention

  1. You can do it! I feel the same about my body. I wouldn’t mind losing about 10/15 pounds but I can really appreciate what it’s capable of and I’m not sweating the extra weight so much. I like the 80/20 rule. Be good 80% of the time and don’t worry about the 20% that you aren’t. For me, I eat right during the week but on long run days…all bets are off!

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