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And So Winter Begins

Winter has definitely made its entrance here in NJ, which means Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s is just right around the corner.  Of course, it’s now that I’ve decided to get back into eating better and running more consistently.  Right as it’s starting to get cold and all the Holiday food and treats will be available, I go ahead and think “Now I should get back into my eating and running routine”.  Since my 20’s, I’ve struggled with my weight and never was able to improve my running times or distances and I couldn’t really figure out why.  It was very frustrating to eat (fairly) well but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get passed running 3 miles without struggling.  It seemed like I tried everything but I always saw very slow improvement with my weight and running.  I know it is a slow process to begin with, but it seemed like I was just at a standstill.

This past Summer, I decided to try counting calories.  My friend had joined an online website that helped you with keeping track of calories, how many calories you should have each day (which I had no clue about.  How much is healthy and still be able to run and lose weight?), it recalculated calories if you exercised or want to lose more or less weight in a longer/shorter time, etc.  It seemed to answer all the calorie counting questions I had and didn’t know how to do and she was having a lot of success with it herself.  So I joined and kept track of my food intake for 2 months and surprisingly found out I actually don’t eat enough.  Who knew my problem was not eating enough?  Certainly not me.  I love eating out, ice cream, and just food in general.  I always thought I didn’t eat well enough, or run enough, or far enough.  Not only did my running times improve and starting to run 3 or 4 miles more easily and comfortably, but I lost 10 pounds on top of it.  It makes sense though: how was I supposed to keep my energy up during a run if I didn’t eat enough to get me through it?  I only ate enough for about a 2 or 3 mile run.  No wonder I couldn’t get further.

But as it happens, I fell off the wagon.  It’s been almost 3 months since I kept track consistently.  I’m starting to feel the effects of it: I feel tired all the time, I have no energy to do a thing, I get headaches, and when I do drag myself out to run I barely get to 2 miles (very slowly) and I know it’s all because I’m not eating.  So now I’m tired of feeling this way.  Yes, it’s annoying I pick this time of year to crawl back onto the wagon, but what am I going to do?  Feel like this for another 5 months until warmer weather comes and probably gain the weight back I lost?  No, I don’t think so.  I’m not terribly strict at all anyway.  If I want some ice cream and I have the calories left to do so, then I do.  Thanksgiving and Christmas will be my free days too so I’m not worried about missing out.  It’s more a way for me to make sure I eat enough the days in between.

So here it is, at the beginning of Winter, and I’m starting my New Year resolutions a little early.  I’m hoping to keep up running consistently enough throughout the Winter not to feel like I’m “starting over” again when warm weather comes and it’ll be easier to add on mileage.  And hopefully I’ll lose a little more weight for Summer clothes too!  (Picture taken 1/8/12)

3 Responses to And So Winter Begins

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