If gaining weight was was an Olympic sport, I would dominate. While watching season 2 of Fit to Fat to Fit as I was running on my treadmill, I found it ridiculous that a couple elite fitness trainers couldn't gain the 30% bodyweight they needed to gain. "Oh, what should I eat?" Really? Hire me to advise you. Those are results I can produce.
The show is based on the premise that by gaining weight over a period of a few months and not being able to workout at all, that the individual will become a much better trainer while losing it in the following four months and becoming fit again with an unhealthy client. Most of the trainers have never been overweight and out of shape in their lives! Gasp! Please tell me your woes. No, just don't.
The mental and physical changes are radical, but this season I was a little disappointed that gaining the weight was a struggle for a couple of them. They obviously weren't getting into the spirit of things like homemade cinnamon rolls, chocolate covered turtles, frosted sugar cookies, black forest cake, lasagna, linguini with alfredo sauce, pizza, french loaf bread smothered with olives, mayo & cheese, and cocktails like margaritas and sangria just for starters. Heck, I ate all of that and gained back 10 pounds of the 5 I had lost over a couple months in three weeks time and I was still running 40 miles a week.
As entertaining as that show is, this is my reality. I have spent the last few months in a slump and completely unmotivated without a true training plan or big adventure in view. Just stuffing my face and enjoying the taste and mingling of the holidays with a lack motivation. Seriously, I can help you increase your weight, call now.
Each year January brings in my, "Oh, shit! Get it together!" panic mode because I am officially three weeks into an ultra running training plan if I want to run a race in late May or early June, which I usually do. It's a good thing I kept running through the slump.
So I have officially hit my reset button and registered for not one, but two 100 mile races for 2018 with both have a 100k cut off time. This year I am going for the fun as well as the beat thrive:
• Kettle Moraine 100, WI
Time to conquer this little beast with it's silent killer hills. Vendetta time. The biggest perk being able to spend time with my lucky charms Krista and Evie and possible other crewers/pacers.
• Javelina Jundred, AZ
Noted by others who have participated in it as the one to do for a good time with costume encouraged. Maybe I'll even see Catra Corbett on the course!
|Javelina Jundred with Catra Corbett, center.|
I know I haven't written much about my medical tests on my lungs and heart, but after my Grindstone experience with breathing, heart rate and feeling in credibly sick issues, I went to my doctor and had things checked out. My tests came in as healthy (win, win!), although my asthma has increased and I was placed on a steroid inhaler which seems to be working better. I have also change up my running to heart rate training. Which means I am running slower and having to walk to lower my heart rate to 135 bpm. The results I am looking for include running longer and faster with less stress on my heart and lungs. People that heart rate train also have less injury. Not to say that I'm not climbing on the Jacob's ladder. That is a challenging higher heart rate workout.
Weight Watcher's (WW) Freestyle™ plan that came out in early December. Yeah, I know. Here I go again exploring yet another diet change. I'm someone who did try very low carb and high fat eating for 9 months while tracking calories and saw some pretty slow but significant weight loss. However, I didn't experience huge performance results from a very restrictive diet other than feeling better running lighter and feeling like mind was a littler clearer after three weeks. I am looking forward to feeling that again, only sooner. This WW plan has more variety and less torture over tracking and restrictions. I am creating a lot more interesting homemade dishes that my family is enjoying along with me. I've even made my own yogurt a few times following this YouTube video below.
I am finding recipes online with high ratings that look like they will tickle my tastebuds and can be altered to have less points or even zero. Like this recipe for Indian Spiced Red Lentil & Chicken Soup. I have made it true to the recipe as well as ommitting the coconut milk and vegetable oil to save points. Once Upon a Chef has been one of my favorite resources for powerfully flavored recipes for several years.
Freestyle™ is incredibly easy and healthy with a list of more than 200 free foods I don't have to track while others are tracked in an app. Some of these non-tracked, or free foods, include: beans and lentils, skinless chicken breast, fish, nonfat unsweetened yogurt, vegetables and eggs. The key however is not to stuff one's self. I think I have proven over the years that too many calories is just too many. One question I have ask myself when I want to eat more or out or the food point range, is "Will this help me get to my goal?" If the answer is "No", then I most likely don't go there and consider if I am really hungry and substitute one of the zero point food options.
Have you ever heated frozen berries in the microwave? It tastes like pie filling when it comes out and cuts my craving for dessert. I'm down 9 lbs in three weeks. I assume some of it is water weight so I'm not going to get overly excited yet. I'm expecting a slowdown soon as I keep pressing on into 2018.