Remember when I wrote about my recent weight gain due to marathon training? Well, since then, I’ve received several emails asking me if I am trying to lose the weight and what I am doing about it. This week alone, I’ve received three emails with the same question, so I thought I should readdress the topic in a blog post. I’m sure some of you guys are wondering too!
I am actively trying to lose the weight, but in a very laid-back manner. Like I mentioned in my previous post, it took me a good 5 months to gain the weight, so it might take me just as long to lose it. I have no interest in doing anything drastic to lose the weight, so I’m basically just living my life, doing my thing, and waiting patiently for the weight to come off. Of course, I am looking more carefully at my food (and workout) choices, but I’m not stressing about them either. (I could never give up cookies, beer, and pizza!) I just want to be happy, healthy, and kick butt in my road races this spring.
A few people asked what I am doing to lose the weight. As you can see, I’m taking a pretty relaxed approach, but here are some specific things I am doing:
- Guzzling water
- Snacking less
- Doing more strength training
- Including protein in all of my meals
- Eating smaller portions of dessert
- Adding more veggies to my meals
- Drinking alcohol less often
I haven’t weighed myself since I wrote my initial post, but I feel like I’ve maybe lost a couple of pounds. My jeans are still tight, but I just feel better about the way they fit. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but I feel like I am moving in the right direction. Slowly, but surely, I’m getting back to my Feel Great Weight.
This afternoon, I stepped away from my computer to eat lunch. Usually, I just chomp away at my desk while I work, but I’m trying to change this habit. Taking a break away from my desk was much-need and very enjoyable.
My salad didn’t completely satisfy me, so I cooked a Dr. Praeger’s Sweet Potato Pancake with buffalo sauce a little while later.
I bought these Sweet Potato Pancakes a few weeks ago and sort of forgot about them until today. I’m so glad that I looked in my freezer because they are really good. My only suggestion is giving them enough time to cook. I took mine out of the oven before it was done and it was quite mushy. I like my sweet potato pancakes a little crispy.
Off to look for something sweet! Maybe baking a batch of Matt Damon Cookies would hit the spot? 😉