I am back blogging literally from the start in every possible conceivable way!
I have not stood on the scales since July and took the plung – GULP! I knew I had put on weight but seriously that much???
I took just under two weeks off after running the UNOFFICIAL New York Marathon as we stayed in New York and did the typical touristy stuff. Now I’m back home to NZ and back to routine. The alarm goes off at 5:30am and the morning run is my first task in my day. My commitment to being fit and healthy. So I laced up the shoes and got out there, boy did the lungs “burn” as we ran up the usual hill. I’m surprised how much fitness I’ve lost having taken a couple of weeks off from my daily runs.
Food – well while in New York I let loose a little too much! I thought I was being OK but I did eat things like melon salad (which is going to spike your insulin despite looking so innocent and healthy) and I had Starbucks lattes and deep fried apple doughnuts for afternoon tea as most days we skipped lunch since we had a big protein breakfast so did not feel hungry till quite late in the afternoon.
Well it has all taken its toll and summer is almost here so time to cut the excuses and get serious about my health.
I was listening to Dr William Davis (I bought Wheat Belly audio book so I can run and listen – you can never hear his message too much) this morning and he was saying that the fat that lies around our mid-section is an indicator of the fat that lies around our heart just that we forget that as our heart is hidden under our semi rigid rib cage.
If there is one thing that I have learnt over the past 3 months it is this:
YOU CANNOT OUT RUN A BAD DIET
My definition of a bad diet is one that causes big spikes in your insulin which in turn causes all the glucose in your blood to be stored in your fat cells. Which makes you fat. Food that causes these spikes in your insulin includes things like healthy whole grains (read Wheat Belly and you will understand), wheat and sugar! So my focus is to eat fresh (mostly leafy green) vegetables and protein (meat, poultry, fish and eggs) and healthy fats such as coconut oil. There are many “diets” which incorporate this type of food (Dukan Diet) and Low Carb Diet and Paleo but I’m not giving my eating style a name. Just that I will avoid spiking my insulin levels which is not going to be easy as I am very much the sweet lover!
So given that I’m restarting I have set Weight Loss to Zero and by committing to having good health I will note my weight loss each day. If there is one further thing I have learnt and that is daily weighing despite how depressing it is would have limited the amount of weight I gained. Had I faced those scales from the first moment I knew I was gaining my challenge would be a whole lot smaller than it is right now. But life is about learning lessons and moving on.
I’ve also learnt that when I am 58Kg I’m not fat! I wasn’t happy when I was 58Kg, I wanted to lose more. Makes you realise when you are back at square one just how well you have done! Another life lesson!