I'm not unhappy with how I look - well, the exception being my stomach, but even at my lowest weight, I wasn't thrilled with it (it is obnoxiously big compared to the rest of me - and yes, I am calling a body part obnoxious because it didn't used to behave this way 20 years ago). I have no idea what I weigh since I gave up weighing myself about three years ago, but I'm pretty pleased that I settled into a stable size; having success at weight maintenance was something that always, ALWAYS, eluded me, so I feel like a victor, truly.
But. There's the matter of two half marathons in my not-so-distant future. Two...and the second one is a really big deal. It will most likely be the only time I'll run the Houston half marathon, and I'm running it with a group of really good friends. I want to get to that start line healthy, injury-free, and ready to run a good race.
I began thinking about how things went during the training season for my first half marathon back in 2010, and what's been different since. Two big things came to mind: One, I was coming off of training with Brad, so my body was much stronger, more muscular and more toned than it was during later training seasons. The other thing was that I weighed less. I was a faster runner, and it didn't seem quite as hard back then. So of course I wonder if being lighter on my feet translates to having an easier time with running...and after my struggles with running during seasons past, I'm ready and willing to find out.
I've been working out with the weight machines at Planet Fitness for a couple of months now, and I can see a difference in my muscle tone. I'm hoping that the legwork I'm doing will also show up in the form of better endurance when it comes to my longer runs. So there's that. Now, I need to see if I can get a little smaller via dieting...sort of. I said I was done with dieting nearly three years ago, and I meant it. There will be no weigh-ins, no self-flagellation, no massive restricting of food - in fact, I'm going to try for the most positive experience possible. I'm sure you're thinking that this sounds all well and good, but will I actually lose weight? I mean, look how hard it was for me back in 2008 and 2009...I was no speed demon when it came to getting the pounds off. I don't have a huge plan other than to make some substitutions for some meals (like a little more protein at lunch instead of almonds and fruit), drink more water to fill me up (plus the extra hydration will be helpful with all the sweaty running I'm doing), limit my sweet treats to one per week (sigh...BIG sigh), and eat more salads.
Who knows if this is enough to see any changes. Quite frankly, while I'm willing to do something to see if I can get a little lighter on my feet, I'm not willing to go on a diet diet. Time will tell...