Friday, January 1, 2016

How running made me fat

Finishing the Shawnee Marathon
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Let me clarify.  The headline was admittedly to get you here.  I don't really blame running on my recent weight gain. But my mindset after I run.  In 2015 I ran more than ever before, logging 793 miles.  I ran a half marathon, a full marathon, a relay race and several 5Ks.   So it was a good year for running.

Wrapping up 2015
While my mileage went up, so did my weight.  It's nothing drastic, but I am about 10 pounds heavier than I was a year ago.  I weighed myself this morning (New Year's Day) and I'm at 193.6 pounds.  I'm not complaining, but I'm not happy with the way things are right now.

When I run and see that I've burned hundreds of calories, I justify making a less healthy choice later that day.  Over the fall I became addicted to peanut butter and apple butter sandwiches at lunch.  I've also started using flavored coffee creamers, and after two or three cups a day, the calories add up. I'm now limiting myself to one coffee a day with the creamer, the rest of my cups are just black.

January 1, 2016
I'm not pregnant
For the last couple of years I've declared it the year I find my abs.  Obviously, that's still not happened.  I took that pic above this morning after weighing myself.  I've also started the 30 Day Ab Challenge.  I know that abs are built in the kitchen, and I'm changing my eating habits and trying to conquer my sweet tooth.  It's not going to be easy, but I know it can be done.  

In addition to the Ab Challenge, I plan to increase the number of times I hit the gym.  I'll also work more DDP Yoga into my life and of course, I'll keep running.  My first meal of the new year was a spinach, banana, blueberry and peanut butter smoothie.  It's pretty good and good for me too (at least I hope).

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