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The One With The Weight Gain

January 1st 2015. I completed my first running session of the year with my girlfriend. 5 fast hills, working off the top and holding good form. Pretty steady and a nice way to start the year.
Then it went to pot.

Well, that’s going over the top a little bit, what I meant was, that after that session, my weight ballooned from 75kg to 80kg in a month! Now, that may not seem like a lot but the scary thing for me is that, that’s the heaviest I’ve ever been.

I’ve always been on the light side, fluctuating between 75-77kg with most of that muscle from sprints training and the gym. Never have I been close to 176lbs, it was simply alarming, as I thought that my diet was well balanced and that the running and cycling I was doing was maintaining my weight, obviously not. It wasn’t until Emma noticed something and then told me, that the penny dropped.

I have an undying love for Jaffa Cakes and Fig Rolls – they are the key to my heart. I could, and I’m sure there are many of you out there, go through a box or packet of them..a day! This is what Emma picked up on and I had no idea until it got to the point where I was fed up and needed to shed weight before 5kg became 10kg.

The worrying factor for me was, because I put a little bit of weight, would that make my times suffer? Could I run PBs? What if the weight doesn’t shift? All these thoughts just infiltrated my mind and had me a tiny bit concerned.

I didn’t make any dramatic changes to my training, there was no point to be honest but the focus was on my diet – cue the DETOX!

I sat down with the Mrs and went through foods that would benefit me, pasta dishes, weighing my ingredients rather than just shoving stuff in a pan, breakfast, bait (lunch in Geordie), tea, snacking, it was all compiled onto a list for shopping and, as much as it broke my heart, I had to cut down of my Jaffas and Fig rolls.

I can relate to beoutrunning’s blog, when he discusses weight gain, it happens to the best of us, long as the running and fitness remains, it’s easily lost and the motivation will always be there, it’ll just need a jolt from somewhere to get it going again. I’ve definitely taken up his recommendation of reading Angry Jogger, that’s after The Perfect Mile and Born To Run of course.

All that was a month ago almost and I can safely say that the weight magically dropped off. It was tough, the diet was the hardest part and did go through a day of not feeling myself, I fell the amount of sugar I was consuming had something to do with that and thanks to the My Fitness Pal app I’ve downloaded, keeping track of the foods I eat, is a lot easier AND I can control my portions too.

Even though it wasn’t a large gain, for me, I never want to approach that end of the scale again…until after the Great North Run at least!

God help me when it comes to stop running!

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