If you guys have been reading along, then you know training has been going surprisingly well. I have been running well. I have been running fast. And I have been running strong. I know, I am just as surprised as you are. But I have noticed one small unexpected side effect though...I AM Freakin STRAVING! No seriously, my hunger is out of control. I can not stop eating. I have been eating anything and everything in sight. My body is craving carbs. It is craving high-fat. Its craving sugar. It is craving protein. It is craving EVERYTHING. I am feeling a big like a bottomless pit.
|My sweet tooth is out of control!!|
|Needless to say I don't have abs like this...yet!|
I have been turning to all my running buddies and online fitness gurus for advice, expertise, and their thoughts. The Consensus: The ideal running weight is not an exact science. I got some great advice and much needed perspective from Dorthy over at Miles Posts. Because the truth is I too struggle with a negative body image and tend to be my harshest critic. I don't always set the most realistic expectations for myself. And with the changes I can expect post-operatively I have been more critical than usual. I loathe the body I see and all of its genetic deficencies. I just see a body that has never and will never be good enough...sigh...
Okay, that's enough! Let's ban the negative self talk shall we. And let's get rid of the unhealthy expectations while we are at it. The truth is I am 4 lbs shy of my ideal running weight according to the LIVESTRONG calculator I used. That is not a crazy number and it is likely very attainable if I focus on proper training nutrition. Realistically the issue is not what I weight on race day, it is whether or not my body has the proper fuel to power me through 21 km. So I am recommitting to nutrition not to be a slave to the scale but treat my body with the love and respect it deserves for getting me this far.
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,