I've hit a wall. It's invisible so I can't see or describe it but it's there none the less. Sneaky wall. It's the wall of weight loss, or lack there of.
Since finishing up the Select 55 Weight Loss Challenge in March I have only lost one pound. My total weight loss since January is 24 pounds and holding. I am glad that I have maintained because that has not been easy for me in the past due to my insulin resistance and undying love for cake. Probably more the cake part... However, I would like to move forward and not just maintain.
I have had several people tell me that they gained weight during half marathon/marathon training. So, again, I am glad I have maintained. I would just be more glad if I was still losing. The only reason I can give, and trust me I've tried to come up with something else, is that I'm not doing what I need to be doing.
My husband and I drastically changed our diets since the beginning of the year. So now instead of say a Five Guys burger with cheese, sauteed onion, sauteed mushrooms, lettuce and mayo... we eat grilled portobello mushrooms on a whole wheat bun with tomato, baby spinach leaves and homemade organic guacamole. I'm still eating the right food, (most of the time) I'm just eating too much of it and I'm not tracking it anymore. Not cool.
I refuse to get too down on myself though because that's just not fun. Plus, I know it's okay to slip up. Sometimes it feels like there may even be people just watching and waiting for you to slip up so they can say, "See, I knew it wouldn't last." Ever feel that way? I do. Whether that is really the case or not though, you just can't let it be your issue.
Starting today, and no I don't want to but know I need to, I will start tracking my food again. I used www.MyFitnessPal.com before and really like it. It's very easy to use. Several foods are already in the system so you just start typing and they pop up. It also allows you to enter your daily calorie goal and any exercise you did. Then it recalculates your calories so that you are getting enough in regards to how much exercise you are doing.
Now, my other issue. First half marathon coming up. I'm training and it's going great. This weekend is a long run and I'm debating what distance to run. Should I just run 12 miles like the training plans say? Or should I run 13 miles and not have to worry about hitting a mental wall the day of the race, wondering if I can actually run 13.1 miles not having done it before?
Suggestions and advice, please?
Peace, love, happiness!