I put in my post during vacation last week that when I got home I was going to get serious about my diet and try to lose some more weight. Guess what…I’m home! It is time. Not only did I have more time to run while I was at Hilton Head, but I had more time to eat. I know what my body can handle eating without gaining weight and during vacation I ignored those rules. I ate french fries, pizza, hush puppies, fried fish, ice cream and the list goes on and on.
It’s not the greatest idea to have a full week of ignoring healthy eating habits, but that is what I did. You could probably say that I have ignored healthy eating habits for the last month. It is time to get back at it. I am going to eat right and I am going to burn more calories. That alone will stop me from gaining weight (which I have done for the last month), but not necessarily lose weight.
If I want to lose weight I need to track things and be sure that the intake of calories is less than burn off of calories. So I have a choice to make. I can drastically cut the calories or I can drastically increase the burn off. Since I am a person that enjoys running, I think it makes since for me to increase the burn off. My plan is to do 30 minutes of exercise 3 times each week. That is over and above whatever I normally do. Those 3 times could be any exercise that gets my heart rate elevated for 30 minutes. Most of the time for me it will be morning jogs, but it could be core training, basketball or any other activity. The important thing is to get the heart rate elevated.
If you have a desire to lose weight and have never came to a Run Richmond Group Run before then I encourage you give it a try. Come out and walk for 30 minutes if that is where your training has you. Come out and run/walk or run. It really doesn’t matter what your goal is there are people there that will be looking to accomplish the same thing. Keep moving to try and get healthier. As you can see from the photo above I have done this myself. When I started I wasn’t able to run more than a few yards before I was feeling horrible. Over time that has changed. Because of consistently training and staying at it. I have now finished a full marathon and two half marathons, but I am not where I need to be yet. So I am still training. I will continue training to lose weight until I reach my goals and then I will train to maintain. Running is absolutely part of my life from here on out.
I found this article on Active.com with some tips about getting started with running to lose weight. They have really good tips, but I can’t emphasize enough that if your goal is to lose weight it will require hard work. You need to push to a point that elevates your heartrate and makes you go past your comfort zone. Being comfy is what gets us into these situation. Now is the time to push past your comfort zone to make positive changes.