Meeting with a Health Coach each month not only provides valuable information from a trusted source, but keeps me on point for reaching my health goals.
Each month I weigh in and my BMI and Body Fat composition is reviewed. He breaks the numbers into pounds of fat and lean body mass so we look at more concrete measurements to base my goal directions. Honestly, I am a bit of a geek because I’m fascinated when the weight on the scale changes the ratio between fat and lean changes too shining a spotlight on potential issues.
But Thursday when I got on the scale and had gained 1.5 pounds I was confused and upset. My first instinct was to throw up my hands and run away. I’ve struggled with a positive self image ever since Jr. High School. At that time I started my first diet per fad of the year and aerobic exercises to mold myself into what I thought I was suppose to be. What I did not understand was that food is not the enemy but fuel for life.
November 2009 I started and have remained faithful to a clean eating lifestyle and my weight has slowly come down naturally as a result. I have not changed my eating portions or content so those extra pounds caused old doubts to surface. Another good thing about having a Health Coach is that he keeps me calm and shows me the truth beyond just the numbers on the scale. When comparing the fat and lean with the weight gain it showed him that due to my increased mileage that if anything I was not over eating but under eating.
My first homework task for the next week is to keep my detailed food journal again making sure that I am taking in around 2000 calories with at least 80 grams of protein. After day one I can see that I am running under that goal. The second homework task is to commit to 2 days of strength training which I’ve been such a slacker for the past 3 weeks. We will recheck everything in 2 weeks to see if we are follow the proper prescription.
Marathon Training Update Friday was a rest day and today was just an easy 3 mile getting ready for another 18 miler tomorrow and looks like the weather will be perfect.
Thanks to my big brother I feel like I’ve won the lottery. As a blogger I feel really behind the curve because it has been a month since Larabar released some new flavors but in the area where I live I could not locate them anywhere.
Then it hit me. Big brother lives in Boston near a Whole Foods so just maybe he could be convinced to sending his baby sister these much sought after new flavors plus 2 that I have been wanting to try and again could not find. The one drawback was that 2 of the new flavors have sugar in them, which I was a bit disappointed to discover.
I can’t wait to dig in.