Today was the last long run for my upcoming half marathon – the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll. This will be the third time I’ve raced the strip at night, and my sixth half marathon with Team Challenge. When I started with Team Challenge years ago, I thought that was going to be the answer to losing all kinds of weight and feeling amazing. Boy, was I wrong.
Turns out even though I can run 13.1 miles, sometimes up to 30 miles a week during the last few weeks of training, losing weight is not as simple as lacing up my sneakers. A few months ago I added in Crossfit because I really liked the idea of feeling like a beefcake. Again, I love the feeling I get when I’m finished with the WOD (workout of the day) and the gym I joined is full of amazing, inspiring, gracious people that make that vomiting feeling totally worth it. Again, I thought that adding in the strength training and cross training would be the boost I needed to kickstart the weight loss. Boy, was I wrong…AGAIN.
Why running isn’t going to help me lose weight
I DO realize that food is my weakness. And the reason that I can run 30 miles in one week and do a WOD without losing a pound. I REALLY love chocolate. And bread. And bacon.
You would think having Crohn’s Disease would put me on a path for better nutrition. Many people think Crohn’s patients are all super skinny because of the intestines inability to absorb nutrients. Turns out Crohn’s Disease is a little bit of a fickle butthole and patients are usually only super skinny when they are incredibly sick. I can tolerate a bag of Doritos and a hershey’s bar way better than I can tolerate a very healthy salad. Usually the more processed a food is, the better my digestion system reacts. Stupid, I know.
Knowing I love food so much, it only makes sense that I would watch what I eat and avoid the bag of cookies in the company kitchen. It wasn’t until I came across this Mile Posts blog that I finally got it. A lightbulb finally went off in my head. And to her, I am so thankful!
I don’t watch what I eat because I JUSTIFY IT. That bag of cookies was only 200 more calories and I know I’m going for a five mile run so it’ll all even out. It might even out if I was not partaking in those scrumptious sweets and carbs, but alas, I love chocolate and bread.
THIS IS WHY I NEED TO STOP RUNNING TO LOSE WEIGHT.
I need to kick the mindset that running and crossfit are going to help me lose weight. Sure, it will definitely help my efforts, but only if I take care of the nutrition part too.
Here are my goals:
1. Keep a food diary religiously. This is the only way I am going to pay attention to the tiny morsels of goodness I put in my mouth. I have a Fitbit so I’ll use that log function to monitor my calorie intake, at least as phase one. I’m not knowledge enough yet to understand what percentage of fat I should have in my diet but if you have any suggestions for great educational pieces, please note them in the comments.
2. Run and do Crossfit because I enjoy them. Not because they are a means to an end. Not because I feel like I have to do them to lose weight. Because I love the feeling I have after losing myself in a run. Because I love the intense soreness from accomplishment I have after a WOD.