My pre-Christmas weigh in

It’s been 2 months since I last got weighed and poked and prodded by nutritional therapy students at the University of Westminster. I have been working with them intermittently since June and have made some very small, but very effective, changes to my diet and training. My aims was simply to run faster, but this has meant learning how to eat to train and reducing my body fat composition.

Regina last weighed and measured me at the end of October and noted that I was continuing to improve after the summer’s experiment. I was 73kg and my body fat had finally started to reduce, measuring 27.7%. I set myself a few optimistic targets for the remainder of the year, which included lowering my body fat to 25%, the upper limit for athletic-lady-types and getting as close to 70kg as possible. Well, readers, I am pleased to announce that I have acheived two of my goals! On Friday afternoon I discovered that I am now only 24.5% fat – an enormous improvement! And I have also lost another couple of kgs in the process, weighing in at 70.5kg now. My other goal was to consistently run sub-49 minute 10Ks and, well… as we all know I have smashed that one too.

I am so thrilled that my body composition is squaring up to one far more befitting of an aspiring runner. The only problem now is that my running tights keep falling down…

Here is a rather amusing illustration of my racing weight challenge in 2012. On the left is a picture of me after the Berlin Half Marathon in April. I felt super fit during this training cycle. On the right is a picture of me after November’s Regents Park 10K. Same outfit, a few pounds lighter and a few minutes faster.

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This leaves just one of my 2012 goals as yet unacheived: the press up. Damn my lack of upper body strength… I can see that the press up challenge will be carried forward into the New Year.

The next part of this racing weight challenge is going to be maintaining my new eating and training habits. I’ll keep y’all posted with updates on my culinary disasters.

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8 thoughts on “My pre-Christmas weigh in

  1. hey there! i just found this blog and was a bit spooked cause i was looking for info on slimming down for a race and our body measurements are nearly identical. i’m 5’8 — about 11.10 at the moment and 38″ hips, 32″ waist etc (well, i think these were your pre-race fitness diet thingsy neasurements) — so thanks for the inspiration! and i’m also trying to get down to 11st (it *can* happen, right? ). i’m doing my first half-marathon in Edinburgh on 26 May and would like to feel less of the plodder and more of the runner!
    I’m mooching around here trying to to find out what you actually did to your diet etc? as ever, any advice welcome! and good luck with your blog and your ongoing mission. once that running bug gets you, it sure gets its teeth in, doesn’t it.
    sorry to say though, i can do tons of pushups. big shoulders. but not a pull-up to save my life. i spent two years trying for that one….

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    1. Spooky…! I listed all of my diet related posts under ‘Racing Weight’ in the ‘Missions and Ambitions’ page, up there, at the top of the blog. See it? You can go back through them to see what I did, in what order, and I’m pretty sure there are some recipes and instagram-esque food photos too. I’ve lost a stone so far and have hovered around the 11st mark for a few months, so yes, it can totally happen! And there is no more plodding – I bound along like a gazelle these days. Well, that’s what it feels like at least.

      I stopped trying to lose weight when I started training for my last race. I really don’t think that dieting and training should happen at the same time. Eat what you need to for training, fuel your body properly and smash your marathon. After all that hard work you don’t want to crash and burn for the sake of a couple of pounds. After your race, if you still want to, look at your weight ready for your next race.

      Regarding tools though, the best ones I found were the training peaks website (www.trainingpeaks.com) and Matt Fitzgerald’s book, ‘Racing Weight’. The website can be used as a food diary. It totals your daily intake, so you can make sure you’re eating well during training. After reading ‘Racing Weight’ I decided to aim for a 2,200 calories during training, 60% carbs, 25% fat and 15% protein, and to avoid food that contain more than a third sat fat in its total fat. All of that basically equates to eating healthy food and moderate portions. When I was consciously trying to lose weight I reduced calorie intake to 1,800, but with the same carb:fat:protein ration because I am always running or cycling, even when not training hard. Keeping a diary is still the most effective tool I have, for both eating and training, and the book gives you the knowledge and confidence to change what you’re unhappy with.

      Best of luck in Edinburgh!

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