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Weight Loss is War: Eating Right, Losing Weight, Running a Marathon

When I started this weight loss journey I didn’t care about the nutritional aspect. I ate whatever I want, whenever I want, however I want; you can tell because my weight fluctuates more than the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Since I’ve had a couple of days to reflect on my recent “cookie monster” incident (lol shout out to Santini); I know that I’m doing myself a huge disservice by not thinking about my nutrition. Some of you may be thinking, “Well how do you expect to lose weight without good nutrition?” My thinking was that if I run on a consistent basis the weight will just fall off. Well I’m here to let you all know that’s complete B.S. on my part, because I’m learning first hand that you can’t have fitness without nutrition to effectively lose weight; unless you are drinking all of your meals through a straw, and that’s not healthy all.

Losing Weight is War, so I need to act like and train for it like the Marines (Oorah!), no matter what obstacle gets in my way I move through it and complete my mission. Well what’s a mission without a plan? You know what they say, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I’m starting to realize the truth behind that saying; my weight loss journey is starting to fail because my only plan was to run and let the pounds roll off, but that’s not working.

Today I will reassess my mission and goals. Let’s call it Operation 300 Pounds and Running 2.0, my mission if I choose to accept it is to eat right, lose weight and run a marathon.

What are you going to do about your nutrition? Nutrition has always been a daunting task for me, so I need to change the way I think about the concept of nutrition. Maybe I should come up with a catchy motto about it. In the meantime, I will not deprive myself of things that I love, moderation is key. Recently I signed up for Spark People, so I can track my dietary intake and make meal plans but I’m not consistent with it at all. Also I’m trying to wrap my head around the concept of eating clean; if anyone has resources about eating clean, please respond to this post.

Lose weight? Well how much weight? One pound? 100 pounds? Well I never had a goal weight in mind, because I figured that the pounds would roll off with no problem. Don’t get me wrong I’ve loss weight but not as much as I could. The research says that healthy weight loss is ½ lb. to 2 lbs. a week. I think in the middle is a good place to start; my new goal is to lose at least 1lb. a week. There is approx. 20 weeks left in this year, that’s at least 20lbs. to lose by January 1, 2013.

Which marathon? How are you going to train? I want my first marathon be the New York, Boston, or Disney, I’m currently researching to see what dates works best for me. As for training, I’m in the middle of Couch to 5K, my first 5k is September 8, 2012. When I complete Couch to 5K, I’m going to start 5K to 10k, and so on. When I started this journey I thought running would be the hardest part, but it seems to be the only thing that I’m consistent with.

Well there you have it Operation 300 Pounds and Running 2.0. I think these goals are much more specific and measurable than the original one. It gives me other milestones something to look forward to while I’m working towards the main goal. Lastly Operation 300 Pounds and Running 2.0 sounds official.

Now it’s your turn, what do you think about Operation 300 Pounds and Running 2.0? How did you come up with your goals? What steps are you taking to reach your goals? Are your goals specific or broad? Is it something that you can measure?

Until next time I’m 300 Pounds and Running!

 

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About Martinus Evans

Martinus Evans, MS is the blogger behind 300 Pounds and Running. He is on a journey to eating right, losing weight, running marathons, and crushing goals. Follow him as he Chase Values and #CrushGoals.
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