I've now officially been "training" for the upcoming International Lincoln Presidential Half-Marathon for about two-and-a-half weeks. I'll detail more of what kind of routine I'm doing everyday in a future posts. But these first few posts I wanted to focus on the things I've been doing to prepare for the training and workout routine.
You can read my last post about how I quit smoking here.
Now I want to focus on diet.
I'm overweight. Not gonna lie. I've really let myself go. But I'm determined to get that penny (not sure what penny I'm talking about? Be sure to check out the blog "And So It Begins ...")! So, in order to finish the half-marathon in one piece, I better lose some weight. Plus, I'll be more healthy in the long run (pun intended)!
How do I go about losing the weight?
It's amazing how simple, yet how hard it is!
But breaking those bad habits can be tough!
When you hear the word "diet," you typically think of some restrictive plan that has you eating a pack of rice cakes all day everyday for weeks until all of a sudden you get to your ideal weight. Then the diet is off ... and you're back to eating the poor nutrient foods.
That's not what I'm talking about. The diet I'm talking about is something that is everyday, for the rest of my life.
This is probably the most important thing, in my opinion, and the past few months I've been really focused on getting fresh foods, vegetables and fruits ... essentially vitamin rich foods. The more fresh, the better. The more raw vegetables, the more nutritious.
I know we all have the habit of getting the quickest food we can because we're all crazy busy, or too tired to put any effort into our meal planning. That leads to consuming foods that are over processed, chock-full of bad fats, a ton of calories and lacking in good nutrition.
It's good nutrition that will give me the energy to get through the day ... I know that!
Without good nutritious foods, I can eat and eat and eat and still feel hungry because my body is craving the good nutrition. I hear more and more from people much smarter than I on the subject of nutrition talking about how we're all tired ... not because of having a hectic day, but because we make horrible food choices.
It totally makes sense! Here's an analogy: If we use a gas that's dirty and full of stuff that's not going to help our engine run and just there for filler, then our car won't go very far. But if we use high octane fuel, we'll be purring right along with power all day!
What does this mean? The better choices I make in what I eat, the more energy I'll have and the more healthy I will be. I gotta put down the pizza rolls, stop going out to that fast food place everyday for lunch, cut out sugary drinks.
When grocery shopping, I'm getting more foods from the fresh produce section and skipping the snack section all together. I've started eating more leafy greens and raw vegetables.
One thing I've been enjoying a ton is fresh vegetable/fruit juices. I'm not drinking the "juice *from concentrate" as found on the store shelves, I'm actually juicing my carrots, celery, beets, broccoli, cilantro, peppers, apples, oranges and more!
And, to get even more of the right nutrition, I've begun taking a super-food supplement that is loaded with all the essential vitamins and minerals we need everyday. I simply mix a super food powder (that can be found at many supplement shops) in with my freshly made fruit juice in the morning.
I'm not cutting out meats and sweets, just being cautious of what I'm eating and how I'm eating. I'm logging my food in a diary of sorts and studying what I'm eating. What are the calories? What am I allotted
today? These things I really need to force myself to do.
I'm told it's all about calories in versus calories out.
The things I've done in the past two weeks alone has helped me lose 15 lbs since Christmas. And the more I watch what I eat, take in nutritious foods and continue to work out, the more energy I have! It's amazing.
I really can't wait to see the results come April 6th when I'm ready to hit the road for the Lincoln Presidential Half-Marathon.
Next time I'll share with you some of the things that have helped me in tracking my nutrition, calorie count and exercise.