Last Summer I ordered the book, Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald.
Then I proceeded to lose, oh, about 25 pounds. Not because of the book mind you, and certainly NOT in a healthy way. I scared me that I could lose so much weight so quickly. More than just losing my appetite, I completely lost the will to eat. I still don't really have an appetite. Because my racing is so important to me, I force myself to eat. I'm a smart enough Pink Girl to know that I have to properly fuel my body to get it to do the things I ask of it. Duh. You gotta put calories in to make it move!
Now I'm at a weight that is around what I was in college. Funny, I didn't see myself as particularly thin back then. In fact, I was larger than I had ever been. I didn't feel big, just felt like me. Now, having been heavier, but certainly NOT heavy, I have some perspective. I see muscle definition that I didn't know was there. But honestly, I don't SEE myself as any thinner. I'm faster for sure. Some of that has to do with trianing, but it makes sense, my body works less to move less. I'm a more efficient runner these days. This is a good thing.
So where does that leave me?
Part of me would like to become leaner. I had a body fat analysis last week and I'm at the lower end of the "Fitness" range and just outside the upper send of the "Athlete" end. I admit it is very appealing, the idea of being leaner.
That would require a lot of discipline and a major diet overhaul. You can get thin on a restricted calorie diet, but you don't get lean and keep muscle mass with just calorie counting. You've got to make sure you are getting all the RIGHT foods. It's not about eating less because this type of weight loss isn't about swimsuit season. It's about the right combination of foods and frankly, eating leaner.
Not sure if I'm ready for that type of culinary discipline right now. I'm a very healthy size. I don't want to risk losing any muscle mass. I need my muscles to run!
At the end of the day, my body is a machine and it's my responsibility to fuel it properly to ensure it is able to do what I ask of it.
And sometimes, sometimes, it needs chips and cupcakes. So for now, I'll continue to eat (mostly) healthy, be content with the size that I am, and fuel with grilled cheese sandwiches when necessary!
Have you ever considered a lean diet in the name of performance?