We all know those women who bounce back after having a baby within weeks, fitting into their pre-pregnancy jeans with their flat tummies carrying around an infant. They are all over Instagram and Facebook and maybe you have friends who did the same thing (you know who you are). Well I was not that woman, although props to those who did, I will forever be jealous of you. And while I am getting closer and closer to my pre-pregnancy weight it looks totally different on me. So what have I done you ask? Well I have decided to train for a trail half marathon.
As my Instagram presence continues to grow with #fitmoms and #momsthatrun and #activemoms, I realize more and more how completely average I am. Ha! But that makes me a little more relatable. No I don’t have a six-pack (maybe one day) and while to most people having run 1 marathon and 2 half marathons sounds pretty awesome-to the marathon running world that is crumbs in comparison. So here is a little introduction into my active life, hopefully some of you can relate!
THE DEFINITION OF FIT·ISH
I have always been in decent shape as far as abilities go. As for physically, well, I have always liked cookies too much to ever get to any sort of ‘fitness model’ condition. So deciding to run 13.1 miles isn’t all that out of the norm for me. However, most people look at me like I am crazy when I tell them I actually enjoy running. And I completely understand them because that was exactly how I felt also, up until a few years ago. I started running half and full marathons after I turned 25 and had a bit of an identity crisis which pushed me to start setting new goals for myself. I never actually thought it was going to be something I enjoyed or continued to do after my first one. I am not, nor will I probably ever be fitness model material, but what is more important is being healthy and happy with how you look and feel. So no I am not promoting for everyone to start running marathons, I get it, its not for everyone. But finding that thing that challenges you to grow and become better is so important.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
The day of my first half marathon I ran into an old friend who told me I would either hate it and never do another one or love it and want to sign up for as many as I could. He was absolutely right, and not long after my first half marathon I began to train for my first full marathon. Training for 26.2 miles is an incredibly different experience then training for 13.1 and I don’t anticipate doing it again anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong, I am so glad I did do it but for now I am going to stick with halves and under.
Training for my first half was incredibly similar to my current training due to the fact that it had been a very long time since the last time I had done much running. The first few weeks are miserable and I have to talk myself out of quitting multiple times a day. Sometimes I only end up doing half of what my training plan called for. I am currently way off of my intended plan and many miles behind but as long as you keep doing something it will all work out. It’s once the runs start to become easy, your leg muscles get stronger and your stamina improves, you actually start to look forward to your run for the day and then it all feels worth it. I’m hoping to get to that point soon!
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Carbs. Carbs=Sugar. Sugar=Stored Fat. There is much much much more to it than that, dont take my word for it, there is plenty of research on it. But my point is this, cutting the intake of carbs increases your body’s need to kick into your fat stores for energy. My husband and I have recently cut out almost all Simple Carbs and many Complex Carbs, and began following a very loose Keto diet. As with pretty much every diet, there are pros and cons. One big pro is that I was able to lose 5 pounds in only the first 3 weeks. I also don’t have to starve myself, in fact if I am hungry there are lots of things I can eat whenever I want. That means no calorie counting or any counting for that matter. So if your bad at math this might be good for you!
The typical tagline of some of the biggest work out plans “Continue to eat all the foods you love!” is total b.s. if you ask me. I love candy and ice cream but I definitely won’t lose any weight if I continue to eat those things. That being said however, with a Keto diet you can actually eat a lot of foods that you already enjoy. Cheese, chicken wings, burgers, Reddi Whip, and bacon are all on the okay list! This is intended to be a lifestyle change but it is not for everyone. This is not a plug for this diet and I am not recommending anyone to start it, it is simply part of my current active lifestyle and so far has been very successful. I will now go enjoy some strawberries and whipped cream after suffering through a 6 mile run today!
Follow this link for some very good information about the Ketogenic Diet.
http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101 (you might need to copy and paste it)