Every time I have a baby, it generally takes me about a year to get myself back to normal. Baby weight does not come off easy for me and I have to work hard for every single pound. This time has been especially difficult as I am also dealing with a stress fracture. Losing weight comes down to two things- eating less and exercising more. This stress fracture has really made the exercise part non-existent. Hopefully, I am going to be able to get back into things now but for the last 6 weeks I have been struggling just to maintain and not gain weight! I’m also nursing a 4 month-old full-time so I can’t cut calories too much. I’m just ready to get back to race shape. Patience.
I recently started reading Racing Weight, by Matt Fitzgerald. I’m only on chapter 3 but it is pretty interesting so far. So many runners think that just because they run they can eat whatever they want. This book focuses on getting lean for peak performance. “By improving the quality of your diet, managing your appetite, and timing important nutrients, you can perform better- and look and feel great.” I am a long ways off from performing right now. But he says it may take a few training cycles to get to your performance weight, depending on where you’re at.
We’ll see. Right now I am trying to be patient and realistic. First step is eating healthy. (I totally lost a battle with a cinnamon roll today. Arghhh. ) Second step is exercise- in moderation. That is as far as I go right now. I know I can do this but why does it have to be so hard!?