Yes. My constant struggle. I have tried the lower carb thing (when not in need for long runs), I have tried writing it all out and literally counting the calories, but sadly, these things don’t work for me. I love food. I love eating at fabulous restaurants. I love carbs. I love sweets. You name it, I love it. Okay, maybe not beets, but everything else. Food. Yes. Please. Always. All day.
Running and training all of the time obviously increases the hunger and the confusion on how much I should be eating to make up for the training, and what to eat, and when to do it, etc. etc. Now, I know I am in good shape, I know that I am not “fat”, but technically, I am over what my BMI should be. And there are areas on my body that I know could use some work. Yes stomach, I am talking to you.
My friend Julie and I were talking after the Wineglass Marathon and she said that she was doing Weight Watchers (I had mentioned some sort of “diet” would start after NYC). She skipped on race weekend (obviously with running some weekends need exceptions) but had lost 8 pounds already. She explained how easy it was and she was right. I think.
I started on Monday and I have been quite impressed. The Iphone app makes it incredibly easy to keep up with. I decided to just do the online program, no need for the meetings and weigh ins. I am disciplined enough to do it on my own.
The plan includes a “points plus” system. I’m sure most of you are familiar but in case you aren’t…You get a set amount of points, based on your current weight and weight loss goal. Every piece of food you eat has a point. Fruits and veggies have 0 points-fabulous for me because I eat a ton of them. The worse the food is for you, the higher the points. I get 29 points a day. I also get 49 “extra” points to use throughout the week. My plan is to bank them and use them on the weekends. Let’s be honest. I like booze. Must save points for booze (4 pts each). The other plus? You get points for activity. I got 10 points for running for one hour. If I understand correctly, I will swap my activity for more extra points as well.
Seems easy enough. The beauty of it all is, everything in moderation. Which is way more my style. If any of you have done this plan or are familiar, let me know if I am incorrect or missing anything (I am still trying to figure out how to swap my activity for food in the computer system).
I am excited to see how it will work out. I like that I know exactly how much I need to be eating. I will obviously adjust a little on race weekends. Here’s hoping to 15 pounds…