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Monday, July 29, 2013

15 Mile Run and The Fast Metabolism Diet

Hello, my friends!

  This was a lovely weekend! The temps have cooled down a bit, which has made it absolutely perfect running weather!
 I ran 15 miles on Saturday. When I woke up I realized it was raining! For a brief second I considered doing it all on the treadmill, but my lovely Facebook and Instagram friends convinced me that running in the rain was fun! And they were right.
 It rained hard a few times while I was running, once I stopped under a shelter. But it didn't last long. Most of the time it was just a light mist, which felt amazing. 
Couldn't pass up the pretty blue flower. :)
As I've shared before, I have been talking with Laura, a health coach. I really needed some kind of food plan I can follow, and I need some way to fix my screwed up metabolism. I realized I had only been eating 800-900 calories a day, plus running on top of that. And I still wasn't losing weight, in fact I had gained 10 lbs.! She recommended a plan called The Fast Metabolism Diet

 I've been reading the book this weekend, and it sounds like this was made for me! The author says that if you're overweight and have spent a lifetime of dieting, the very thing you thought was helping you, has actually been hurting you. Long term chronic dieting cools down your metabolism. The less you eat, the more your metabolism cools, and the less you will be able to eat tomorrow. That's precisely why some people can't lose weight, even though they eat very little. (Me) Their metabolic flame has died out and they can't get it lit again. When your metabolism is too slow, you'll even store lettuce as fat! When you don't provide your body fuel from food, it will 'eat' your muscles for the essential fuel it needs. (Why can't it just eat the fat? Lol)
All of this totally describes me, and I'm learning so much!
Thankfully, there is hope! This is a 7 day plan that you follow for 4 weeks. There are 3 phases.
Phase 1 (Mon-Tue): Lots of (healthy) carbs and fruits
Phase 2 (Wed-Thu): Lots of proteins and veggies
Phase 3 (Fri-Sun): All of the above, plus healthy fats and oils.

 She lists the exact food you can eat, along with recipes and meal plans. 
I'm so excited, and ready to get my metabolism going again so I can lose the rest of this weight! 

 Of course I had to have ice cream one last time though. I don't remember ever going without it for 28 days, that will be the hardest part about this! But I know it'll be worth it.

What did you do this weekend?
katie
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  1. I really need to check this book out. My life has been lost of stupid decisions when it came to my eating/dieting.......

    Congrats on the run I love the rain!!!

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    1. Yes you do! Let me know if you decide to do it!!

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  2. I like the sound of that book! I'm one who runs and gains weight, too. Ugh!

    Great job on running 15 miles in the rain! I haven't found the joy of running in the rain, but I've only run in a downpour ... it was miserable.

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    1. I'm the same way- I gain weight while marathon training. Hate it!
      I would NOT want to run in a downpour. A light rain isn't bad at all though. Thanks Jina!

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  3. congrats on the 15 milers! No ice cream for a month? I could never - especially now thats its summer - all I want to do is stop for ice cream! You are a stronger woman than me!~

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    1. Thanks girl! That's all I want to do too. That'll be the hardest part about this thing. I'm going to try my best though!

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  4. Congrats on your long run - you killed it girl!

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  5. Let us know how the diet works out..I hate dieting and I find no matter what I do I can't lose weight so maybe I should pick up the book too :)

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    1. I'll definitely keep you updated! You should read it, ya never know!

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  6. wow u are totally inspiring me to hop on that dreadmill;)
    This diet sounds good. I too have been stuck @ a single place.

    So in phase1 do u just eat fruits??

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    1. Phase 1 is grains, fruits and veggies. I think it sounds like a great diet too!

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    2. :) wow, thats great actually. Let me know how it goes.
      Ps- I have mentioned about you on my blog post today!

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  7. I look forward to hearing how this goes! I may just check out that book myself!
    I have been exactly where you are at, and totally understand the wondering why you cannot loose weight when you work out like crazy! I've had some success trying different things, but I always love to hear about new methods! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You should check it out! Not being able to lose weight when you're trying so hard is beyond frustrating. But now I know it's because I've messed up my metabolism. Hopefully this plan will get it going again!

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  8. No ice cream... Aaargh!!! hehe. Good luck, look forward to hearing how you find it and the results :)

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    1. Tell me about it!! I'm already going through ice cream withdrawal and it's only been 1 day!!

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  9. Great long run Katie, way to go! Running in the rain always sucks until you start your run and realize its actually kinda nice...unless it's cold outside, in which case...ya, it sucks :)

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    1. Yes, that's exactly right! Not nearly as much fun if it's cold outside, that's for sure!

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  10. Awesome job on your long run! I do enjoy running in the rain. I got in an 8 mile run with 1 mile run on a wooded trail. My running group helps to make the miles go by much quicker then when I run solo.

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    1. Thanks Teresa! Congrats on your 8! I'm sure it would go by much quicker running with a group!

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  11. Great job on the long run! I'm glad you found a plan you are excited about! Keep us posted!

    I got a 10 mile run in yesterday - no rain - but cooler temps with less humidity were a welcome relief!

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    1. Thanks Jen! Great job on your 10 too! These cooler temps have been amazing!

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  12. Amazing job on your run, and I have struggled with the same thing. Sometimes I think I've hurt my metabolism as well!

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    1. Thanks girl! It's good to know we can fix our metabolism!

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  13. Excited for you to be trying something new. Laura is right- you bonked your metabolism. I did the same thing, so I'm in recovery mode right now and it's scary.
    GREAT job on the long run! I so wish we were close enough to run together!!!

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    1. It is scary and hard! But I know it'll be worth it!
      I SO wish that too. It sure would make the miles go by faster!

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  14. Recently the scale was just wasn't moving for me - I have been increasing my calories in the last week and I have started to lose again - we have to fuel our bodies. Do you track calories? I use myfitnesspal (smudar) and that really helps. I add in the calories I burned through exercise and then I know how much I need to eat. It is hard to get out of that mode of not eating very much but you definitely have to fuel.

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  15. Awesome job on your 15 miler in the rain! I'm excited for you to get your metabolism back on track... so glad we can work together! :)

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  16. I just looked at this plan and I was wondering how you planned on fueling your long runs?

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  17. That ice cream cone looks delicious, and I hope you enjoyed every last lick. Good luck get your metabolism back. :)

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  18. I bought this book today.... I love reading about how to feed your body and what you should eat... I'm looking forward to giving it a try and it does make alot of sense! Love reading your blog by the way!

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  19. It's interesting that our ancestral and evolutionarily preferred diet of a slow metabolism has been put to the side in favor of a newly preferred "fast metabolism" for being skinny or losing weight.

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  20. I found your site very beautiful and distinguished too. Thank you for your good work and continue.

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