How was my first week of my renewed efforts to get at my best racing weight? (for context you can read racing weight)
The first realization was that I had allowed some not-so-healthy processed food to creep into my diet. This is mostly in the form of bread, Belvita Breakfast Cookies and chocolate. As I look back its easy to see the unhealthy progression. First, I would eat these (dunked in coffee of course!) before a long run. Then I justified the sugar in the morning before a medium length run. Which led me to justify enjoying this treat with my coffee in the morning of any day that I was running. And then of course that led to, “its all good!” I can eat these every morning. Who needs oatmeal?
And that my friends is how we so easily head down the wrong road…with eating, or drinking, or any other bad habits.
So week 1 encompassed a return to the healthy eating habits that got me where I am. Will I ever eat Belvita again? Sure…but not now.
Week 1 was also the time to temporarily return to a food diary and a focus on fewer calories. Some days were a bit difficult because I seemed to be hungry all day…some of that is psychological and some is true hunger.
In the end I lost 1.2 lbs and .3% body fat. I must confess that this was disappointing. Shouldn’t all that hard work should show something tremendous? I spent the rest of the day reminding myself that this is a slow journey. Its funny how easy it is to forget!
What about you? When have you allowed something to creep back into your life?