12.09.2014

Weight Loss + Marathon Training

7/22 Start of Marathon Training 180 pounds >> 10/3 164 pounds

 Now that marathon training has come to an end I thought I would give you some insight on what it's done for my weight loss. I knew going into this that I was kinda making a choice to work on my speed and endurance rather than worrying about the scale, mostly because when I started training I was almost starting from the beginning because I stopped running for about 5 months when I was at the end of my pregnancy. Running can absolutely help you lose weight, long distance running however is another story. 

There are many reasons this can happen all of which I read up on to try to prepare myself for 20 weeks of training.

1. Over estimating your caloric burn: sometimes when you are out running for 2,3,4 hours at a time you feel like you are just killing it, but actually you may only be burning 80 to 100 calories every mile. It just feels like more so you eat more.

2. Glycogen Stores: {a substance deposited in bodily tissues as a store of carbohydrates} So you carb it up, it's stored in your muscles, and used for energy when you run. For it to be there you have to eat carbs days before you need it {hence the unnecessary need to carb load the night before}, but the glycogen can cause the scale to creep up due to water retention. 

3. Overestimate your activity level: Lots of runners will kill a run and then become couch potatoes for the rest of the day. One sure fire way to prevent that is to have kids who don't let you sit down for long - although I'm teaching them otherwise!


I think my biggest feat during the last 20 weeks, besides all the running, was keeping my eating in check. I'm so thankful for whoever it was that suggested I look into IIFYM on Instagram that day cause it literally saved me! Having a plan where I can work in more carbs and still lose weight has been a lifesaver. I'm not saying I've been perfect, but I would say 95% of the time I stay close to or under my macros. The days I really struggled were my 14+ mile days mostly because I was using 100+ carbs to fuel my run and that was all before I even ate a meal. 

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My biggest fear with all this running was that I would lose my muscles, I religiously took my Catalyst before and after my runs. I continued with weight training 3x a week and scaled back my in gym cardio when my running got to more than 20 miles a week. I didn't follow my training to a tee - I think that 5 days of running is too much for my body {and knees} so I followed a 3 day running plan with my weight training mixed in, oh and soccer. I've come so very far in the last 2.5 months!

Overall I lost 14 pounds which is less than a pound a week and my measurements >>

Chest: 37 to a 35
Legs: 25 to 22.75
Hips: 45 to a 40
Waist: 35 to a 31
 
 Total of 13.25 inches lost!

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I hired a coach to help push me past a plateau I was on for weeks and she's been wonderful - adjusting my macros to help me reach my goals and having me weigh in 3x a week along with measurements and pictures once a week. It was nice to be accountable to someone else for a change instead of  ***all of you*** and it gave me structure when I wanted to say eff it. That scale is a damn hooker I'll tell you, when you are putting in so much effort with your food and your workouts you expect a little bit of a return on the scale, but WE ALL KNOW it doesn't work that way. Many a days I would even be up a bit and I would want to say screw this I'm eating WHATEVER I want today and I'm not tracking a damn thing. Then I would drive to work, sit down, and realize that by giving up I'm not going to make anything better. I won't feel better that's for sure! I would jump on my Challenge groups and see everyone posting about their NSV's or their pride in doing something good for their health and it would help. 


Even if I didn't lose all the weight I wanted I still am damn proud of myself for getting up at 4:30am every Saturday to tackle those miles - I didn't miss one training run! I logged over 425 miles since September and come December 14th I'm going to put all that hard work to good use - You never run your first race again so I plan to give it everything I've got!


 
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  1. You're so awesome!! So inspiring. Hey, how do you find a coach for the macros? I need to bust out this last ten. sitting at 154 again and makes me so sad. :( thanks

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    1. Here's her info - Paige is awesome! Full of info and good advice! https://www.facebook.com/flexcoachingbypaige

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  2. You look amazing! Keep it up! I am proud

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  3. WOW! That's all I can say. WOW! I do not lose any weight or inches running and I'm burned out and about to seek some other exercise. Way to go! Color me jealous.

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  4. You look fab and I hope to have your results someday! You're a great balance of fitness and real life. No extremes and that is sometimes hard to find on social media.

    I ran two half marathons over the last six weeks and I haven't dropped weight or seen a difference in my body. I have to remind myself that it's a strong body and that's good. I'm hoping to check into IIDIYM .. Can you send me the name of your coach? Thanks!!!

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  6. You rock! But seriously... do you have a changing room in your house? I always thing that is where you are when you take your selfie's. Then I think to myself, surly she doesn't drive to a store just to take a full length selfie. I really need to know. Keep up the good work.

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  7. HOLY CRAP... you look amazing. I think you just inspired me to get back to running on my non lifting days. I run but not more then maybe a 1/2 or mile a day. BUT WOW...........Keep it up girl.

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  8. Rock that first marathon Meg! You are a beast!

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  9. girl - you are killing it! Will say a prayer for ya this weekend!! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  10. Megan--I dont know if I have ever commented...but I have been reading for about 2 years. You are amazing and you LOOK amazing. I love how positive you are in your approach. GO YOU! :)
    --Anna in SC

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  11. Congratulations! I wish you were closer! I need your kind of motivation for my own training!!!! Can't wait to see you hit your goal! You deserve it with all the hard work you've put in!

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  12. You look fantastic! Paige did my macros as well and I just love her. Can't wait to work my way up from walking to running!

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  13. I've been following for a couple years now and have seen your weight and shape change... and DAMN that is some amazing progress!! 5 inches in the hips alone, but it looks like even more!! Look at those abs popping out! Way to go! After struggling with binging on ALL THE FOODS for the last couple months and gaining about 10 pounds I have finally gotten my eating under control in the last week and am starting to feel better. I am wondering how long my will power will last and have worried about caving over Christmas... But this post and your progress really motivates me to keep it up, you're living proof that it CAN AND WILL work with persistence and dedication!!

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    1. I agree! It looks like more in the hips and waist. You look awesome and your abs are looking fly ;)

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  14. I have followed you for a looooong time and find you so real when most other bloggers seem fake. I myself am on the get healthy train so we can have a baby. I have lost 100 pounds and need another 50...feels so far away. Today is one of those days where I want to say screw it...and eat all the foods. But your sentence that said "and realize that by giving up I'm not going to make anything better." Slapped me in the face today at my desk. Thanks for that:)

    You are going to kick butt on the 14th no doubt! Looking forward to following along!

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  15. Never comment, but just want to say YOU LOOK AMAZING! Great job keep it up!

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  16. You look AWESOME! Look at that tiny waist! Great job in training, I can't wait to hear how you do in the race, which happens to be on my birthday! :) Good luck!

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  17. oh my gosh all your hard work is paying off you look amazing and have lost so many inches!!!! great job and good luck on the race!!!

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  18. I have been wanting to ask you and maybe you have already shared this and I missed it.... But what training schedule did you use or tentatively follow?

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  19. I have been kind of a fly on the wall in some iifym groups since April and also an on again off again runner looking at potentially doing a half. When you started doing both, it intrigued me to give it a possible go. Im feeling overwhelmed and wondered if you would be okay with me emailing you. I totally get that you are busy, so i understand if that's a no go. Just know I'm inspired by you. :)

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  20. I love it!!! I'm training for my first competitive 5k in years....in March. I want to run a half by thus time next year. You have truly inspired me!!!

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  22. I just knew you'd love iifym!❤️❤️

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  23. Can you post your training schedule for this race? You have done a fantastic job!!!

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  24. Hey it's the home girl that you gave your awesome bedazzeled jeans to over a year ago (maybe more?) so i could use them as inspiration too... well they don't fit anymore b/c i've gained weight... I really am amazed by what you've been doing and done, your dedication astounds me. I'm trying to start the iifym lifestyle but find it all so overwhelming. any extra help would be GREATLY appreciated (breedlove.e@gmail.com)... thanks! *feeling lousy

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  25. You stated that overall you lost 14 pounds but you actually lost 16 pounds! Both are awesome but take all the credit you can get!

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  26. You are awesome!!! I just ran my first half marathon on Sunday and loved it.

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  27. There is a huge difference in how you look. You look great and your running has been amazing. I am really glad you wrote about it as well because I really want to start training to run the minute these winter storms are done.

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  28. Your marathon training has been really imspiring, I hope you kill it on your run. Do you think you could have lots more weight if you ate better foods overall? I've seen your MFP and it's pretty loaded with processed, fast food. I know you say 95% of the time you stayed within your macros (high5 for that!) but your sodium "goal" was at 5000, which seems insanely high. Anytime you've featured a "day in the life of your IIFYM" you feature healthy food like sweet potatoes, brocc, lean meats but if you look at what you normally eat, it's Jimmy Johns, Panera and 3000calories nachos. You never mention that plate of broccoli is the only vegetables or fruit you ate the entire day. I believe in balance and thinks it's super important but I can't help but think You would have probably had better results if you ate more simple, whole foods instead of convenience fast food 2 out of 3 meals.

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    1. ETA: I just saw your Facebook update. Quit acting like you're a victim and everyone who has a differing opinion does appreciate the progress you've made. You've made excellent progress and everyone knows, you've come a long way- all I said was it's pretty obvious why you haven't made more. You said yourself "Even if I didn't lose all the weight I wanted....". Well IIFYM is not an excuse to shove a bunch of garbage down your throat in the name of "health". Make REAL HEALTHY choices often and you'll see the weight continue to drop once you stop running tons of miles.

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    2. I'm no victim. I can make my diary private if I choose to, just like you can keep your opinion to yourself. If you want to REALLY judge me then you better do your research better because you are sadly mistaken in what I eat. Just like I don't need your opinion on my diet- I only had it public to help the ones who wanted it not for people like you to critic it. I never asked for your help.

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    3. I'm mistaken in what you eat? The proof is in the pudding, honey.

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    4. Why do some people care about what other people eat? AJ, have you ever been eating something and someone has said something judgmental like, "Wow, that looks so huge!" "OMG, that looks disgusting" "I've only seen guys eating something like that" "Why aren't you eating cake like the rest of us, that's rude?" Yeah, these comments suck. No one wants to hear them.

      Meg, please don't listen to people like this who come on to blogs anonymously to be negative. I am one of the hundreds of women you have helped online and I have nothing but respect and love for you. You have changed my life. I am hugely grateful to you and you've been nothing but supportive and wonderful. Good luck for tomorrow, I am cheering you on!

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    5. AJ, shame on you. Why would you try and hurt someone by belittling their choices and accomplishments? Did she ask for advice on ways to tweak her routine or diet? No...she hired a coach. She works hard, and provides the blogging world and women in general with a valuable resource. She is courageous, and has earned my respect for everything she does. So go live in your anonymity and your perfectly strict diet, and I will continue to admire the reality of Megan.

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