I’m writing from our place on the beautiful island of Portland, Dorset today. Being down here for a few days has made sticking to my diet and fitness plan really easy. Even running intervals has been quite pleasurable with the gorgeous sea views.
Monday was an easy day and I lapped up the opportunity to go for a leisurely run along the narrow spit of land leading up to the bridge to the mainland. The route is about five miles and, apart from at the very beginning/end, it’s pancake flat. A few weeks ago, running it at a slow pace, wouldn’t have felt like any effort at all.
On Monday, however, it felt tough. Really tough. In fact, I had to take a walk break towards the end, which hasn’t happened on a run that “easy” for a long time.
Burn & Crash
The fact that I haven’t been doing much of that kind steady running over the last few weeks will certainly be a factor, but the main reason comes down to my diet. Because I’ve been eating fewer carbohydrates there isn’t as much glucose (energy) stored in my muscles as I’m used to and, basically, the fuel just wasn’t there for me comfortably complete the run.
If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know I’m not following a “low carbohydrate” diet or any other kind of prescribed diet plan. I’m just eating a healthy balanced diet and taking in few enough calories to create a slight deficit between what my body is using each day and the amount I eat, so that my body burns off some fat for fuel.
On Monday I got it a bit wrong. Next time I’ll have a better breakfast, with more carbohydrates (like some porridge or toast) before I go running. I’m pretty sure that will ensure it feels better. I think it’s important to notice when your diet isn’t working for you and tweak accordingly (which is one of the things that worries me about people sticking rigidly to pre-prepared, one-size-fits-all, plans).
In way I’m pleased that happened. At up 2,000kcal per day, I’m eating what some would consider quite a lot for a weight loss diet, but I can definitely feel the difference, so I know I don’t need to go lower. I might have gone a bit too low on the calories the morning before the run, but it’s good to know that the energy deficit is there.
Small = Effective
If you’re reading this and you’re following a diet that leaves you feeling tired and lethargic I hope you’ll take a tip from me – eat more! You will lose more weight and keep it off more easily in the long term if you create just a small calorie deficit and keep active. I’ll talk more about how many calories that will mean for you in another post, but if you want a starting point now calculators like this can give you a rough idea: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm
I have a lot more to share with you on this subject and I have made some good progress which I’m excited to tell you about, but I’ll leave it there for now… To be honest, it’s a smasher of a day and I’m desperate to get out for a bike ride!
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