Why I Eat Low Carb / My Struggle With Weight

I am on a low carbohydrate diet. Not because I am some health goddess, but because I am currently trying to lose body fat. I want to lose body fat so that I can run more efficiently. Eating low carb/keto helps me to lose body fat. Win!

My History

So, here’s a quick run-down of my history with weight, and how I ended up here.

I was quite an athletic kid up until I hit puberty when it became unladylike to be sporty, (plus I’m not a super co-ordinated person with a very co-ordinated sister that I could never beat) and I was deemed the smart and effeminate one in my family, so I stopped doing any kind of activity that wasn’t walking or reading (I know, right?).
Plus, my mum isn’t athletic, so I thought it was ok to take after her (even though she was a notorious dieter and terrible at exercising, and she always struggled with her weight).

So then I was 18, I had just returned from my student exchange program where I’d gained about 15kg and I weighed about 82-85kg. I had gained it so gradually while overseas that I didn’t realise how much weight I’d put on until I saw my family for the first time in 10 months. Their reactions said it all.

Fat me

When I got home I began eating healthier and going for long walks, and I ended up losing around 15kg’s of the weight I’d gained within a year.

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This happened repeatedly after that. I gained weight, then lost some weight, then I would end up in a relationship, and I would gain weight again. Repeat.

This has kept going until about a year ago when I decided to start focusing a bit more on being healthy not skinny. I had been a vegan for about 4 years, vego for 7 years, and it had STILL been a struggle for me to control my eating habits. I ate so many of the bad things, as well as the good things, it turned out I actually just had a bad relationship with food! No magical new way of eating was going to fix my terrible relationship with food until I started to acknowledge it.

I started eating everything again. I ate everything that I had restricted for years. But once I got over the excitement of eating everything again, I started to focus on balance, finally.

Now

A little while ago, my boyfriend and I decided to try out the ketogenic diet (info here and here). It seems to be pretty controversial in the health world, but it does work. We both decided to try it to lose some weight, and to our surprise, we did!
He lost nearly 10kg by eating a diet of 60% fat 30% protein and 10% carbs. I lost 4kg by eating around the same macros and by running sporadically (in one month).
Then came his birthday, and we indulged slightly too much on the sweets and the carbs, which meant that we both stalled slightly, but we are back at it.

It’s pretty basic, and I know it’s not the most exciting, but we both seem to thrive off it. So we will keep going until we don’t feel as good eating this way anymore, and if that happens, we’ll stop.

So I obviously still weigh a lot more than I think is optimal for my own performance, but I am not uncomfortable in my body anymore, and I feel a lot more confident than I have before. I’m also a hell of a lot happier than I have been with myself before! I am also more aware of my relationship with food, and how I use it to treat my own emotional struggles.

We shall see!

 

Progress! Week 1 results! (And how I’m feeling overall)

Smashing goals, challenging thoughts, cramping feet and getting those KM’s!

This morning I checked my emails and saw my “progress from last week” email from Map My Run. I groaned. I was sure I didn’t make the km’s I needed for last week.

Well!
29.9km!! To say I was shocked would be an understatement.  (To see my progress overall check out my post here)

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So now week 1 of madness is complete, and it’s time to start looking at completing week 2 and trying to get past that 30km mark for the week. Honestly, I think I should be able to make it. 😉 *fingers crossed*

I have just returned from Day 8: 5km steady pace. Which was mercifully easy compared to some of my runs last week. Which made me think about how different each run can be. No two runs are the same! Sometimes it’s your legs that refuse to co-operate, and other times it’s your head. There are many runs I’ve cut short because my head just wasn’t in it.
This morning, I ran. It was simple! I got ready, walked out the door and ran. I didn’t overcomplicate it, and that meant that I wasn’t overthinking the run either. My body co-operated with my head, and the run went smoothly. What a lovely change! It could have been because of the rest day I had yesterday, or the extra stretching I did after my long run on Saturday, who knows! My only complaint today was the cramping in my right foot that set in at 4km 😦

So I think I will have to try to keep in mind how simple it can be for those days that I really don’t want to.

How is everyone else’s Monday going? Have you started your weekly mileage? Does your head ever get in the way of a potentially great run?

 

Consistency in Training

How to stay consistent with a new training schedule? (November challenge series)

How to Stay Consistent With a Training Schedule?

(November Challenge Series)

Do you ever look at fitness bloggers/Instagrammers and think “How the f*** do they keep it up?!”?
Consistency. They have the ability to keep promises to themselves and stay consistent.

This month I am trying to focus on my consistency as much as building endurance and losing body fat because the most challenging thing for me is trying to stay consistent, and actually keeping my promises to myself.

Have you ever started a new fitness regime and you think you’re doing so well, and then you just forget about it one day, then the next, then the next, and before you know it you’re sitting on the couch eating an entire bag of chips, after another week of no exercise?

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(P.s chips are life and sitting on the couch eating an entire bag is totally fine by me)

Yep. It’s frustrating, I know it. And it’s so easy to get defeated and quit at that point.
That is why I am focusing so much on consistency this month.
Keeping myself accountable is the most important part of my schedule, I need to make sure that if I HAVE to miss a day, that I will then have to make it up by adding extra km’s to my next run, or by making it up throughout the rest of the week. I need to make it to my km goal by the end of the week!

It IS hard though, and I’ve fallen off the wagon more times than I can count, and sometimes it is HARDER after you’ve just met a goal! It’s so much easier to stay motivated when you’re working toward something, and once you’ve reached the goal being able to ease off a bit (or a lot)!

So this month, I am holding myself accountable for every workout and every km. If I miss one, I have to make sure I add it in somewhere else and try to maintain CONSISTENT!

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Do you ever lack motivation? Or are you like me and struggle with sticking to a plan unless there’s a deadline? Let me know in the comments, or find me on my Instagram or Twitter! @thecrappyrunner

On Tuesdays, We Wear Black

Tuesday Run Log – Day 2 of November Training Plan/Consistency Challenge

Black is seriously the most versatile colour. If I can impart one piece of advice to you (that isn’t about staying consistent), it is that black is seriously the easiest colour for workout gear.
Colours are great, but I stick to black and grey for my workout clothes, because they mix and match so much better! No stress when I get up and put on my gear.

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Day Two! Tuesday: interval running – sprints

Distance: 3.24km
Time: 35:53
Average Pace: 7:58 /km
Tunes: A podcast! I’ve been listening to The Bright Sessions for a few months now. I will review it as soon as I’m caught up with the new episodes.
The Run: It was ok. Tough, but ok. Intervals are crap, and if you’re anything like me, you have to work hard to get through them.
Thoughts: 

  • Why do I do this to myself?

Don’t forget that you can still join me for my Month Of Madness! I’ll be uploading a printable schedule soon! (Which can be adapted for any new month of training!)

Are you training for anything coming up? Do you loathe sprints as much as I do?? Drop me a comment below! Or find me on Instagram or Twitter (@thecrappyrunner)

Setting Goals: November

November has been the month for me to return to running. After a successful few months from July to September I was training regularly, and preparing for the 10Km race that I participated in, but once that was over I seemed to lose all of my drive.

Obviously, it makes sense, the competition and the challenge was over, so I didn’t have to push myself anymore. I’ve seen it all over the internet, that once you’ve reached a goal, the best thing you can do is set another one ASAP!

Well… I didn’t. I got lazy, and I allowed my fitness to slide, again.

So now that I’m reinvigorated, I’ve decided to set some real (achievable) goals for this month leading up to a proper training schedule for a half marathon in April.

 The Schedule

November’s focus: Endurance, conditioning (losing body fat %), consistency

Week 1:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 7km “long” run

Total: 27 – 30km

Week 2:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 8km “long” run

Total: 28 – 31km

Week 3:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 9km “long” run

Total: 29 – 32km

Week 4:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 10km “long” run

Total: 30 – 33km

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#ENDS