Where were we on our journey of a dumpy millennial adult training to run the Lincoln Presidential Half-Marathon? Oh yeah, food!
You've gotta have it! But I'm overweight and running 13.1 miles will be easier if I'm 40 lbs lighter.
So, I've got to eat right and lose weight.
Repeat over and over: The right foods, in the right portions, in combination with consideration for burning more calories versus calories ingested equals weight loss.
In other words, I study what I'm eating, calculating the calories and keep track of my progress. That kind of thing can be hard to manage. But the good news is: there are resources!
I've been using this free application called Map My Run. This is just one of several free services that would allow you to upgrade for more "features," but for my purposes the free features on Map My Run were enough. One of the great things about the application is it allows me to track my caloric intake by searching foods and entering the calories.
It also calculates how many calories I should have a day based on my height and weight. The program even offsets those calories when I log certain workouts.
By having all this in one location I can obsess over my weight loss and challenge myself to be satisfied with nutritious foods, proper portions, and more water.
Also, when I see how many calories are in fast food burger or the malnutrition in many popular foods, it really plays games with my head to where I don't want those things anymore. It's kinda like that psychology thing I talked about in a previous post about quitting smoking.
Using that program and keeping a daily food log for the past three weeks has allowed me to lose over 15 pounds. The proper nutrition plus daily exercise an occasional long-distance run ... I'll be ready for this half-marathon by April 6th!
On the next blog: My daily exercise. Hint ... it involves a lot of sweating and strange noises mixed with really loud music or talk radio blaring in my ears.