Over the past few days, I've been getting a lot of the same questions, so I figured if this many of you are asking the same questions, those of you who remain quiet probably are wondering the same things!
How tall are you?
6'0, I'm trying to "own my height" as I really want to tell you 5'11 and three quarters.
How Many Calories do you eat in a day?
This varies, but I try to follow a general rule of thumb. I don't eat back the calories MFP gives me as it feels counter productive, and I believe MFP grossly over estimates the calories I'm burning. I try to keep my calorie intake at 1200 per day, unless I pull a two-a-day (two work outs in one day) then I'll try and consume closer to 1500. Also, after a long run, 50+ minutes, I'll consume more calories. Right now I'm focused on cutting gluten, salt, and processed foods. When I'm hungry I eat, when I'm not hungry I don't. It's as simple as that. The lower I get to goal weight, the more stubborn those pounds have become, but I shall persevere!
How Do you make your coffee?
Black Coffee with two Truvia, and a dash of Skim Milk. If I order coffee out, I ask for one cream and two splenda.
What Ap are you using to track your runs?
Nike Running- I paid $1.99 for the Ap, but another great free option is called Map My Run.
When did you start Running? How long did it take to work up your endurance?
I started running on the treadmill in February 2012 because I was forced to by a trainer at my home away from home Personally Fit. This was around the time I began using MFP to track all of my food, and I needed to take my work outs up a notch to drop some weight. Running will beat up your fat and tell it to GTFO like no other.
Previous to this- I was NEVER a runner. I was even told I couldn't be a runner because of my horribly flat feet (lies!). I didn't start out strong, and I could have never run the way I am now with 50 more pounds on my back. I started off aiming to run a quarter of a mile with out stopping, or I would focus on time- run a full three minutes, walk 2 minutes, run three minutes, walk 2 minutes. Over time, this morphed into running a half mile without stopping, running three quarters of a mile without stopping, and so on. I did have to push myself, it was not easy. I also suffered at IT band injury in July and that was a HUGE setback. I couldn't run for a month and a half, and the first outdoor run I attempted on my own a week before 10K training started, my husband had to pick me up on the side of the road because I couldn't make it home. True Story. I preserved. I did not give up. I started running again, for the first time outside, when I began training for my first 10K in September. You can read all about that run here. I'm so focused on running time now, because I'm an OCD freak who needs a number to obsess over, plus I enjoy pushing myself. It's how I get my kicks in life. Which brings me to my next question...
What kind of shoes are you wearing to run?
I've had some shoe issues as of late. I have incredibly flat feet, ie NO arch. I've been to two speciality running stores in town, one showed me two pairs of shoes with heavy motion control and said "This is what you can pick from", and since I didn't know any better that's exactly what I did. I bought a pair of shoes that I hated, and I couldn't run in. I tried breaking them in, but they kept trying to eat my feet. Blister city, what what!? You should not have to break in running shoes. You should put them on, and get to cruising. Unless, they're super fancy like Newton's then you have to break them in slowly. The second running store I visited did all the same things, watched me walk, run etc. I told the sales guy exactly what I wanted, that my flat feet needed to be free! He sold me a pair of K Swiss that I have waltzed me into foot heaven. I put them on and ran 5.5 miles in them the first run, and I had ZERO pain. Flawless transition as it should be. They even gave me a loaner pair of Newton's to try (they're pretty amazing), and I'm fairly certain will be my next pair. Visit a specialty store, ask lots of questions, and let them find the best pair of shoes for your feet. If they're only showing you one or two options, I'd get a second opinion.
What size do you wear?
What's the deal with No Carbs?
Fact- Gluten heavy products will make it more difficult to lose weight. While I was able to consume lots of carbs in the beginning and lose, the closer I get to goal, the more I've had to restrict my diet. However, I just can't get away from them all together. I'm a real person and I like real foods, like tacos, pasta, burgers, and frys. I really believe you can eat whatever you want, just in moderation and not everyday. Hence, every other day-no carbs.Plus, cutting carbs will do WONDERS for your mid section. Seriously, I can see my abs staring back at me now. 24 Pack Summer 2013! Woop Woop!
I even had spaghetti last night- spaghetti squash spaghetti. Don't be afraid to get creative, I LOVE starch substitutes. All that food for 253 calories. Yum yum get you some!
How long did it take you to lose 52 pounds?
The amount of time I have done this in is not impressive. I had my a-ha moment in January 2011, which you can read all about on my Former Fatty tab. I dropped 30lbs before my wedding in June 2011, and post wedding I continued to exercise but I let go of my eating, ya know because there were no more events where I was going to be the center of attention, so I let it slide. In February 2012, I had gained back 13 pounds, even though I was working out 5 times a week. You can not out exercise a bad diet. It's fact. I know, I know, I'm still upset about it too. That's when I really thought, "Oh hell to the nnnooooo, I'm not doing this shit again!" I got back on the wagon and haven't looked back since. I'm down a grand total of 52.5 big ones with 7.5 pounds to goal. I firmly believe that slow and steady wins the race. You don't need to starve yourself, or quit living your life, just keep your eye on the prize and do not give up. Above all, stay positive!!
Crazy Louisiana weather- sweating like an animal for my run last Saturday, pulling out the coats on Wednesday. Oh mais la!
I hope you are having a full on fabulous day, and an even better week! We're already half way there :)