A year ago (2/19/19), I got on a scale and saw 215lbs. It was the heaviest I’d been in my life, and I resolved to make a change in my lifestyle so I’d never see that number again (and get tuxedo ready for my wedding this year 🙂 ). The first thing I did after jumping off the scale and opening up my laptop was signing up for the 2020 Austin Marathon on a complete whim, and yesterday, after a year of training, I crossed the finish line!
Starting out, I made small changes overall, the biggest of which was starting a run regimen where I would run for 30 minutes 4 days a week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat), as well as thoroughly logging my food intake using MyFitnessPal, enforcing an 1800 calorie limit per day, but nothing strict otherwise. After the first two months (and some trouble with a shin splint), I increased my run regimen to a more mile focused routine where I added another run to my week and set weekly mileage goals (4mi Mon, 3mi Tue, 3mi Wed, 2.5 Thu, Long Sat) increasing gradually until I hit 20 miles leading up to the marathon, increasing my calorie intake as well when the mileage really started to climb (~2200 cals/day).
The biggest thing I’ve learned over this journey is that awareness of my eating habits and gradual changes were the keys to my weight-loss. I never tried to doing anything tremendous, and one of my big sticking points getting into this routine was that it was easily manageable and doable without having to take away too much of my schedule otherwise. My weekday runs never run above 30-45mins and thanks to the flexibility of running I’m able to get changed and set off from work at my end of day, thereby eliminating a lot of the excess time I was worried about spending on the road to and from a gym or having to wake up early. Food wise I didn’t adhere to any strict plan (something that might change this year), so it was easy to make reductions without having to spend a lot of time managing specifics. I do apologize for the lack of weight loss numbers; I threw away my scale after that first weight in out of utter shame and haven’t had a proper weigh in since.
I’ve never felt better in my adult life, and I hope to keep my routine going and report back with even better results!