Running and diet

How is it already the middle of October?!

Since that last good / bad run I’ve had a fairly good couple of weeks running wise – trying to keep my mileage a little bit higher. I normally average about 15 – 20 miles a week, but have managed 22 / 24 the last couple (that’s over either 4 or 5 runs a week). Some of them have been done at very easy pace, others pushing a bit more. The dark mornings are having an effect, and as a result I’m having to run in the evening more than the morning – something I don’t really like and is taking some getting used to.

I am also very pleased to say that in the last month I have lost 8 lbs in weight. This has taken some doing, and there are days where it all goes wrong, but I am trying to stick with it. I have a minimum of another 7 lbs to lose. I am just starting to feel a little bit better in my clothes and know it will make a difference to my running.

How? For me it is to stop snacking!! I was eating way too much rubbish in between meals. I am still having the odd biscuit / packet of crisps / chocolate, but making it fit into my daily calories. I’m using Myfitnesspal to log everything I have to eat or drink. Alcohol has been reduced, normally just one day a week – occasionally a couple.

Apart from weight loss, what else has this changed? I feel better, less bloated and my digestive system is better. When I’m tempted to lapse, this is what I need to remember.

What am I eating? I grew lots of raspberries this year, that have been frozen, so for breakfast I’m defrosting a cup full of these, stirring through a spoonful of jam to sweeten and serving with a good portion of full fat Greek yoghurt. I’m really enjoying this!

Dinner is normal family meals such as stir fry, shepherds pie, casseroles, fish and veg etc etc (I’ve just ordered a slow cooker so hoping to get using that lots!).

Lunch is where I struggle. Busy at work so I don’t have lots of time, but I do work from home so have access to the kitchen. Today I’ve had a sandwich. Didn’t enjoy it. Sometimes I do home-made soup, sometimes an omelette. But I need to think of more ideas for lunch.

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