Game Plan

When I sign up for a half marathon in October, I was pumped!  I was going to run every morning before work, strength train and eat healthier.  I was going to run a 1:45 half marathon and become so toned I would become a fitness model!  This was going to change my life!

First some background:    I am not fat.  Never have, never will be, thanks to my genes.  Both of my parents are fairly unhealthy and still not obese.  I am not ‘toned’ either;  I have always been a little soft especially in my mid section. (that’s a topic for another day!)

When I graduated college in May of 2008, I was tiny.  Perhaps too tiny, but not unhealthy.  I had unintentionally lost 10 lbs at the beginning of 2008.  To this day, I have no idea how it happened. One day. I just stepped on the scale and was SHOCKED to see the number.  It was a combination of a relationship ending and my nanny gig;  I was not going out to eat as much and eating the same amount as the kids I watching.

Uber-Skinny Kate - April 2008

Being skinny does not equal healthy. Vodka and Chipotle are not exactly a healthy diet. I would eat a burritos at 3 or 4 in the afternoon and not eat till 11 am the next day. That happened more than once a week.  Bags and bags of salad mix went into the trash because I was too busy eating Cheez Its and pasta.  The only reason I stayed at the same weight is lacrosse, whether I was playing or ogling the men’s team at the gym.  (I would get on a cardio machine and watch their practice!! Haha!)

One of the few recent body pics I could find....

Skip ahead almost 2 years to today.  I have put on about 25 pounds since graduation for numerous reasons: sitting on my butt for 8+ hours a day, lack of sports practice 5 days a week and more disposable income to eat out.

Still, I am not fat. (unless you ask Karl Lagerfeld) Yet most of my weight gain has been fat replacing muscle.  I am not happy either.  There are rolls where rolls had never been, my jeans no longer fit and I felt like crap.  Probably most shocking was my fitness level.  Since I was little, I was able to step on a field, whether soccer or lacrosse, and run faster than anyone.  I never trained; I was just built to go fast.

Then one lacrosse tournament last fall, I couldn’t do it.  I was slow, sucking wind and overall playing horrible on the field.   That was my ‘tipping point’.  Not that my clothes didn’t fit or that I was sluggish all the time or the extra fat I gained but a lacrosse game.

Two weeks later, I signed up for a half marathon and training program.

So now, 6 months later, you want me to tell you I have changed my life, am so much happier, eat better, blah blah blah…

Well, I can’t do that because it’s NOT TRUE!

I did run my half marathon with a decent time.  But life changes have not been made, I have only lost about 2 pounds.  My diet is only slightly better and I have put on no muscle.

Oh, I played my first lacrosse game of the season on Sunday. Apparently distance running does not get you in shape for lacrosse… I was breathing hard and getting left in the dust all game!!

Looking back,  it wasn’t the best idea to start a training program from scratch in November.  Though Maryland winters aren’t usually brutal,  this winter was one for the record books. Still,  I can make all the excuses I want, but honestly it was lack of motivation.  I adjusted some parts of my life, just not enough.  I am eating less meat, working on portion size and getting some exercise. Yet, these aren’t enough.  I am still sluggish and achy a lot of the time, due to my diet and halfhearted workouts.

The tools are here for me to change but  I have to be willing to change!  I think I am ready now to make more changes, changes for a healthier and  better life!

The Big question is:

How do I change?

I am going to start with the following 5 steps as guidelines. All super easy to do!  Ease my way into dramatic life changes rather than trying to jump in the deep end.

Game Plan:

1. Get some kind of exercise in EVERY day! NO EXCUSES! Even if it is just a walk!

  • Example: On Monday, my run got rained out.  I would normally eat a bag of popcorn instead.  I got off my bum and went to Hot Yoga. Awesome workout, I was soaked with sweat!
  • Add Interval and Sprint training
  • Work in more Strength Train /Ab Work
  • Take a walk at lunch!

2. Try to eat more meals at home on the weekends.

  • My eating habits are sloooowly changing. But whatever I do during the week is completely wrecked when I eat out on the weekends, I usually make poor decisions at restaurants.

3. Eat more veggies!!

  • I have cut back on my meat intake, but replaced it with yogurt and eggs.  Maybe I’ll start doing a Veggie of the Week post?

4. Drink more water!

  • I probably mistake dehydration for hunger ALL the time.  This should help me be able to run better too.

5.  Blog!

  • Accountability will definitely increase my  motivation!
  • I can keep track of my changes!!

I’ll expand on each of these in future posts! This post took a different direction than I had originally hoped, I will delve more into my ‘Game Plan’ later!


1 Response to “Game Plan”

  1. 1 Caroline March 19, 2010 at 6:35 am

    I need to work on number 1! I’ve been using training as an excuse to avoid the gym for months and I’ve wasted hundreds of dollars as a result… I promise to go at least once a week after my race this weekend.
    And I ate so much fast food and red meat last week after the race that I swear its been what’s making my runs so bad this week. No more fast food burgers for me!

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Hi! I may be the least motivated person around. I am a 20-something working at my first job in the Computer industry. Just trying to get motivated in life - fitness, health, school, work and every day tasks

2010 Race Schedule:
3/7 - Disney Princess Half Marathon - DONE! 2:10:29
4/25 - Pike's Peek 10k
6/15 - Baltimore 10 miler
10/16 - Baltimore Half Marathon



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