I’m Back!

…in many ways. First off, I haven’t been blogging. Life’s been busy (less than 3 months until our wedding!), and I haven’t really been doing much since I couldn’t exercise. So I really had no updates.

But…yesterday I ran for the first time in almost 6 months!

 

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My nutritionist didn’t want me to exercise for the past 6 months because when I started working with her, I had all sorts of issues. Certain neurotransmitters like serotonin were off, cortisol was low from constantly being high (marathon training probably didn’t help), my sleep was a mess, which also contributed to the above, and I had a ton of stomach and gut issues. So basically she said to not exercise and give my body a much needed break in order to get everything back in balance.

It was so hard…and I was so jealous of everyone I’d see out there running or posting about their races. Plus, I missed running and working out with my mom! I’ve regularly exercised and ran since 2010, so it was tough.

Last week, she said I can slowly start incorporating it back into my routine IF I made sure to eat 5-6 meals per day. See, lately I haven’t been eating enough. I got into a routine of smoothie for breakfast, lunch, sometimes afternoon smoothie, then dinner. Really not enough, and my weigh-in results lately reflected that.

I have hit a weight loss plateau. I lost 9 lbs., but haven’t budged for over a month. My basal metabolic rate has also gone down, which means I’m burning less calories while just sitting, aka not losing weight. She said it’s extremely important for me to eat more, and drink more water. If I don’t, and start exercising too, I’ll just stay at my plateau.

I need to get over this plateau because my wedding is in less than 3 months!! I obviously want to look my best, and when I started working with my nutritionist, I was the heaviest I’ve ever been. So there is still a lot of work to be done.

Symptoms wise, I’ve never felt better. I am getting the best sleep of my life. I no longer wake up every 1-2 hours every night. I don’t have crazy stomach cramps after some meals. I don’t have heartburn all the time. 

It’s crazy how some things can really affect your body and sleep.

While I’ve never felt better, I still do want to lose weight. I still feel like I have a lot of fat to lose. Ideally, I want to lose another 10-15 lbs. I have been feeling pretty frustrated that I’m stalled BUT I also know it’s my fault. May was crazy with events (birthdays, a wedding, MDW), which means a lot of “treat meals” and a lot of drinking. I need to get all that in check ASAP.

GOALS FOR THIS WEEK:

  • Eat 5-6 meals Monday-Friday
  • I have a girls night out planned for Friday, but will avoid beer and go for lighter options, like vodka sodas. As much as I love IPAs, it’s definitely not the best option
  • Aim for as close to 80 oz. of water per day

Let’s do this!

What are your tips for eating frequently throughout the day? It’s easy to forget to eat/drink when you’re working!

What are your favorite healthy-ish drinks to order at the bar?

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  1. Welcome back! I can’t believe that your wedding is coming up so soon – so exciting!

    I can’t imagine how good it must have felt to get back to running. So glad to hear the the time off was more than worth it as you are feeling so much better.

  2. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. Wedding planning is so stressful and time consuming but lots of fun so I hope you are taking time to enjoy it too. I am always hungry so I never forget to eat :)
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  3. Even though we do connect other places and I see your IG feed, I have missed your blog posts. Glad you are able to start working out again, too. Bet Marty will be so happy with a bit of running alongside you!

  4. Oh, I love IPAs. I’d have to figure out another place to cut calories. So glad you are feeling better – that’s so important. Hopefully you will reach your goal for your wedding day.
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  5. Welcome back!! It’s good to hear you’re feeling better. I can’t imagine how frustrating and scary this whole ordeal must have been for you. Glad to see you’re on the mend!
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  6. Wow! Glad to see you back! Do you think taking time off helped you? That had to be frustrating.
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  7. Welcome back! So glad to hear things are starting to settle down for you. How exciting your wedding is coming up so soon!
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  8. YAY!!!!! Glad to see you again ;-) I’ve been training for a marathon, and all the extra calories burned need replacing, but often times I just don’t have enough hunger to replace them all at once (and, replacing the calories is crucial as I don’t want to “plateau” by having a too-low calorie count during this intense training). I eat three actual meals a day, but also try to sneak in a snack in between those meals (fruit, granola bar, nuts, trail mix, etc.) and the hydration is important as well. I usually have approx. 80 ounces a day, and can tell if I’m dehydrated because my body does the lovely (NOT) bloating as it “retains” fluid.

  9. Welcome back! I’m so glad to hear that you’re starting to feel better, especially with your wedding right around the corner.
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  10. Hugs to you. I am so glad to see that you are able to be back at it.

    I pack lots of small little snacks to have at work (carrot sticks, yogurt, etc). That way, it’s nothing too overwhelming and I can graze at will.

    Three months! That’s crazy! How excited are you???

    I don’t really drink much anymore. I will be good for some light beer (I’m decidedly not a beer snob), a glass or two of good wine (I am more of a wine snob) or Jack and Diet Coke (I like whiskey). I figure one or two won’t derail me too much.
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  11. Welcome back!!!!! I lost weight meal planning and weight training. Its not easy bt it worked. Good luck to you and just look forward to your wedding regardless, it is an irreplaceable day.
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