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If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably seen me post about my struggle to get my fitness and nutrition on track. Last summer, I started running. This spring, I started karate. Through all of it, one thing has eluded me.

There are any number of signs that I’m getting older. I stare in bafflement at some of the 20-year-olds’ drama at work. Yesterday someone flipped out over a Red Bull. This morning my husband told me that he saw raspberries at the store for $5/6 oz, and we high fived because when we picked our own, we got 4.5 pounds for $17.

The biggest thing, however, is realizing that I can feel the difference in my body depending on how I eat.

Gone are the days of this:

Maya Rudolph, pizza, GIF


Because if I do that, I feel like this:

Phil, Modern Family, Claire, sick


It’s a little depressing.

There was a thing on Buzzfeed (where I found that Maya Rudolph GIF, by the way) about 25 things that get harder when you’re over 25. I have all of those things.

Anyway. Back to the one thing that’s eluded me. I’ve been great with consistency. I’ve gotten my 5K time down from 32 minutes last summer to just over 25 minutes. I can see muscles in places I forgot they were supposed to exist. But my weight has stayed stagnant for months.

I decided about a month ago that it was time to make some big decisions about how I was going to eat. I’ve started paying a lot of attention to what I eat and how I feel afterward.

I learned some things that surprise me.

1. Having a physical job that requires constant movement, protein for breakfast is the only thing that will keep me full long enough to get through a morning shift. If I don’t get to eat lunch until 2 or 3, I need to have a breakfast that will keep me going. High protein breakfast is the only thing that seems to work for me.

2. In fact, protein in general. I haven’t been eating enough protein for the past several years. Eating a lot more lean protein has allowed me to feel full longer and eat less in general. When I eat empty carbs, I snack all day.

3. My metabolism is really picky. But if I work with it, it’ll work with me.

4. Calorie spikes every once in a while help me.

Because of my good friend Lyra Mulhern, I found something that is thus far working for me to break a long plateau. I won’t describe it yet, but the basic jist is lots of fibrous vegetables and protein, and I’m able to keep things in my diet that I love to eat.

Anyway. In the past couple weeks, I’ve felt better, had more energy, and had fewer headaches. And I’ve lost three pounds.

The past year, my weight has been a sort of see-saw. In the next few weeks, I’m going to see if I can make these changes continue and stick and hop off the see-saw.

What are you doing to improve your fitness or nutrition this week?

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Author | Emmie Comments | 7 Date | August 29, 2013

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Lyra Selene (@LyraSelene)

Glad to hear that food plan is working for you so far! Keep me updated πŸ™‚

August 29, 2013 | 2:04 pm


    I will! πŸ˜€

    August 29, 2013 | 2:14 pm


I’ve been working so hard to get the weight off that when I crashed out and had decided enough was enough and I’d treat myself, I went overboard and threw all the weight back on (there’s some kind of crazy metaphor in there somewhere). It’s never easy, and sometimes you just need to eat that cake, but I instantly noticed the difference when I did. Healthy food and my running (which I love so much) makes me feel brighter and fitter and I sleep better and all sorts. I binge and put 3lbs back on? I feel sluggish and unhappy and I can’t sleep. There are two things I have always been told: 1) colourful plate = good, and 2) input vs output (i.e. you eat 4000 calories in a day, you’d better burn off those calories in a day). I live by those rules now. A slice of cake is okay, but the whole cake plus some biscuits and maybe a bottle of wine is probably a bit excessive. My body just can’t take it anymore! As long as I run 3 times a week minimum and make sure I have balanced meals (and don’t skip breakfast), I can survive – but not only that, I can live well. (Does this even make sense!?)

August 29, 2013 | 2:17 pm


    Yup, that makes a ton of sense! I could have written that comment — I’ve had all of those thoughts so many times.

    August 29, 2013 | 2:29 pm

Nerd Girl Runner

I am in a place where I can’t look at the scale. I just can’t. I finished my 2nd marathon (using Galloway run/walk) in July, but after a tough recovery from it, I found out that I had some biomechanical issues and tendinopathy. So while I can run, my PT doesn’t want me running *far* which is the best way for me to feel good and keep my weight under control.

Additionally, the exercises she has me doing to correct my biomechanical issues are building muscle in large muscle groups like my butt and outer thighs, so I’m actually gaining weight. I have a pair of pants that is almost too loose in the waist to bother wearing anymore, and over the last few weeks it has gotten to where it’s almost too tight in the butt. It’s an odd feeling situation.

My “best diet” seems to be low glycemic, so I’m sticking to that and just trying to keep my calories reasonable given my activity level.

A goal that I have is to do more work on my upper body and core, but that’s been a goal for many years and I’ve pretty consistently failed to do anything about it. We’ll see if I can get started there.

August 29, 2013 | 2:57 pm


    Right there with you on the core and upper body stuff. I executed an almost muscle up whilst climbing a tree Monday, and that spurred me to get better. I have rock climbing gear that I’ve never gotten to use, and I’d love to.

    I don’t run long distances (I mean, over 3-4 miles), but I want to improve on that. Injuries really suck…and the weight gain with muscle is something I’ve experienced a lot of this year. I think that I’ve been swapping out muscle for fat, but it can be discouraging to see that number go up or stay in one place for months at a time, even if clothes are telling a different story.That’s ultimately why I’ve changed my diet. Exercise alone wasn’t doing what I needed it to. We’ll see where I am in a couple months!

    Good luck with the PT — I hope you’re back to running your races soon!

    August 29, 2013 | 3:04 pm

Nerd Girl Runner

Thanks! And I hope you’re able to get the scale to do as it’s told. πŸ˜€

August 29, 2013 | 6:03 pm

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