I’ve read and seen several things lately that have me thinking about my weight and how it could possibly be affecting my PR goal. This article in particular got me thinking about my PR weight (and I didnt weigh myself that day, but I have a good guess at what it was.) This one was also helpful and informative.
So let’s talk about weight.
My body has a range of about nine pounds and on one end there is my “skinny” weight (when I say skinny, I mean skinny for me) and in the middle there’s my “normal” weight, and on the other end is my “cool it with the cookies, Maury” weight. I’ve been hovering between my average weight and my cookies weight for the past year and a half or so, and really haven’t given it much thought because of this simple fact: I am 35; If I want to see some major changes in my body, that will require major changes in my diet and sometimes, when I weigh those options, I opt for no diet changes (and the occasional cookie/s.)
On that same note, as I move further into my thirties, I find that my concern with what my body looks like becomes less and less of an issue for me. Health and balance is a priority, but not my appearance. Guys, I will never have a six pack and I am totally cool with that. (That does not mean I don’t think women with six packs aren’t rock stars, because they are- I admire their dedication.) Even if I did have a six pack, I wouldn’t display it for fear of anyone seeing my stretch marks anyway- no one wants to see that (I have my second, Cash, to thank for those. He was over 9 pounds, but I often joke that he’s my favorite, and the only child that could have gotten away with it.)
When it comes to weight loss, I am no stranger. With each pregnancy, I gained between 35 and 45 pound (it increased with each pregnancy) and I lost it each time. (Just for reference, because I know some of you might like to know, it usually took me about 9-12 months to accomplish this.) What also increased with each pregnancy? The difficulty in losing the weight. It became progressively harder.
With Connor (my oldest, he’s 12) I just became active. I was back in my jeans by the time he was about one. With Cash (he’s almost 11) I started running, and stuck to a nutrition plan that was given to me by someone at the gym (when I look at it now, it was based on balanced macros, it just wasn’t called that back then.) With Posey I lost my baby weight by substituting breakfast and lunch with a SlimFast shake (I was addicted to the Safeway store brand), ate a healthy dinner and cut out sweets (I had small, healthy snacks mid-morning and mid-afternoon and one cheat meal a week.) And with Lou, by the time I was ready to hunker down and lose those last stubborn 15 pounds, I became a MyFitnessPal addict and counted every single minuscule morsel that I put in my mouth (counted strictly calories only.)
So… Lou is 4 and I am my time of pregnancies and babies has come to an end. However, my body has gotten used to the pregnancy gain, birth, weight loss cycle and not continual maintenance. I’ve never had to worry about any weight loss more than a couple pounds here and there since I’ve lost my baby weight with Lou (which always happens quickly when I cut sweets, bread, fried food, and pasta.) I’m wondering now if I should jump on the weight loss train again to get to my PR weight? I know it wouldn’t take too long, but it would take dedication and it would take paying more attention to what I eat. Confession: honestly there are some days that, if I was keeping track, I probably take in WAY more calories than I should.
If I did take the time, I think it would be beneficial in many ways, but the most important way (to me) would be my speed. If my body fat percentage was a teensy bit lower (not too low), and I had a teensy bit more muscle, and had a body fueled and filled with good stuff, perhaps I could copy my PR body. (Is there a way to copy weather, training, and every other race factor????) I’m ready to do anything and everything to PR this year. Including limiting my cookie intake. That’s saying a lot, guys.
So… what do you think? What are your thoughts on this?
(There’s a really good chance that I’ll publish this post, then decide four hours later that it’s nonsense. If that’s the case, you’ve got to pinky promise you won’t judge.)