Monday, November 10, 2008

Facing the Music

Since the marathon (over a month ago) I have been in post-marathon "do what you like" mode. For me this means running sporadically and eating whatever I want. This also means that there is no turning down a night out of drinks (or night in, for that matter). I haven't even stepped on the scale. Now if you read this blog at all, you know I am obsessed with the scale.

So this morning I decided it was time to face the music. I did go on a nice 5 miler this morning, so that's always a good time to check in with the weight. (Note: I also did a very hilly 5-miler at my sisters over the weekend and OUCH - it was very challenging).

To my complete and utter surprise, the scale said 134. This is within my range. Of course 130 is my miso-happy weight, but 134 is more typical for me. As a matter of fact, I weighed 135 after the marathon.

So what this tells me is that I am getting pretty good and comfortable with knowing HOW (and how much) to eat, even when I'm not technically counting calories or obsessing about my intake. This makes me happy people. This tells me, "hey self, you got it figured out." Even though I wasn't thinking about what I was eating, I was still keeping things in check. I did NOT go out for burgers, fries or fatty meals. It now comes natural for me to make a healthy choice, especially at a restaurant. How awesome is that?

47 comments:

*aron* said...

awesome job POM!!! sounds like you definitely have it figured out :) YAYYY!

joyRuN said...

Very nice surprise, or not!

Sounds like you've really incorporated a healthy lifestyle :)

lilrunner N.D. said...

That's a great feeling. I love it!!! Great job!

Count of Monte Christo said...

That's good! Effortlessly takin' charge...

Sarah said...

Impressive!!

the gazelle said...

that's awesome! I am almost there myself - and it's such a good feeling (as is, I've heard but not ever tried, once-a-month scale check-ins).

MissAllycat said...

NICE. Great job!

Viv said...

It's holy F$%#balls awesome! You have found the balance and that is golden!

Jess said...

That's awesome!

Emily said...

That is pretty awesome. Nice work, now go treat yourself to an Anti-Oxidant-Osa.

D10 said...

Sounds like the healthy behavior has become part of your life. Awesome job.

Laura Brandon said...

i'm so jealous. i don't think i'll ever get there.

X-Country2 said...

Love when that happens! Keep up the good work.

Reluctant Runner said...

How awesome? THIS awesome! (Okay, that would work better if you could see me stretching my arms out to full length.) Congratulations.

Run For Life said...

Woohooo, yay POM!

jen said...

Awesome! I think after carefully watching what you eat, you would really have to make an effort to eat garbage. You got it down girl! :) Well done. Good job on the run too!

Michelle J said...

That is so freakin awesome!!!

I am so happy for you girlie!!!

Keep up the good work!!!

Kelly Olexa said...

You are awesome girl, you KNOW IT.

;-)
K

Cara said...

That is fantastic! Good job! :-)

TinaGirl said...

What a great great healthy habit you have formed. The girls here in chico have a tendency to drink their beer as meals. Not healthy and by Christmas they all have an extra 10lbs (at least) and their clothes don't fit. Glad I'm not in college. LOL

Can you revamp my diet for me? I'm so tired of eating the same things over and over. I'm glad the Marathon is just 4 weeks away.

Danielle said...

That's great news! It's a good feeling to know that you DON'T have to obsess about everything you put in your mouth.

Laurel said...

I always weight myself after I run too. Ha!

Great job girl! It's hard to say no sometimes...especially to the drinks.

Julianne said...

That is totally fantastic that you figured it out! It's not easy, you know? I'm still trying to figure it out myself!

Sarah said...

That is awesome! My goal is to be an intuitive eater... it would remove so much stress!!

Denise said...

I'm glad I'm not alone...I just posted about the scale!! I'm obsessed with it!

BeachRunner said...

Nice job.

AddictedToEndorphins said...

OOK! Sooo. What's the secret then. Really!!! This healthy eating isn't working for me.
So share the wealth there POM!

kilax said...

That is truly wonderful!

Ali said...

See .. I have the burger and fries ... I need your mindset.

Brooke said...

So cool. I'm not quite there yet, but over the years the oscilations on the scale haven't swung as far up or down as they used to...I'm honing in on a zone I can stay within comfortably, and I'm glad about that. Do you ever notice that you have a 'low' weight, where even an apple will make you gain, but then just a few pounds above that is where your body wants to be, and you can pretty much eat what you want and stay there? It's so strange...

Amanda said...

Highly possible you are eatting less than during training because that training makes a person hungry!!! way to go!

Alisa said...

That's fantastic! I'm learning how to tell the "I'm bored hungry's" from the "I'm really hungry, hungry's."

Have you thought about your next marathon? I know you have a half in January.

I Run for Fun said...

Glad you've found your happy place, weight-wise. My experience was similar. When I stopped obsessing about weight and started eating healthy, I stayed at more or less the same weight.

Lucas said...

That is pretty frigging awesome POM! When I grow up, I wanna be you. :)

chia said...

That's the coolest news I've heard all day :-). Here's to your newfound comfortability *cheers*

teacherwoman said...

That is awesome! Sweetness!

Susan said...

Waaaaaaay awesome!

Mendy said...

That is just awesome. I hope that one day I get to that comfortable place of eating right just feels right. I've gained some weight, and (again) am trying to loose it. My head is starting to get it though.

Very happy for you!

Jess said...

Wow that totally rocks! Keeping it in check for a whole month without jumping on the scale every day totally rocks!

Sagan said...

That's fantastic! It's just like running- training yourself until it's just second nature:)

Brianna said...

Sounds like your body and your mind are getting synched up pretty well - congrats! :)

Shoe Running said...

Awesome! Staying at your goal weight without trying at all...dude! You are doing great!

One of the hardest things for me is listening to my body and stopping eating when I'm full, especially if I've still got a huge plate of food in front of me...so I always just make as much food for myself as I need so I'm not tempted. I'd love it if I could just not be tempted though! :)

Mrs Furious said...

"How awesome is that?"

Awesome.
I like to think of how far we've come that splurging is still probably a good 500-1000 calories less than it might have been (for me anyway).

eurydice said...

It's brilliant!

Heather said...

Freaking awesome dude. You rule!

Danica said...

I am SO the same way, so good that we are getting the hang of it! :) Hard to turn down all the bomb food in Newps too.. Laventina's anyone? :)

carla said...

checking back in...no snark for us? new shoe longing? I miss my POM fix!!