Found on RunnersWorld.com and written by Robert James Reese
I’ve been eating too much lately and am not sure how to break the habit.
Lately, I am hungry all the time.
Before my run: Hungry. After my run: Hungry. After a snack: Still hungry. After a second, bigger snack: Still hungry.
You get the idea.
I’m not sure why this is happening, but it is. And so, I have two choices: I can either keep stuffing my face until I feel so full that it’s uncomfortable, or I can practice self-restraint.
The second choice is obviously the better one, but I keep making the first choice—the stuffing my face choice.
Jeans are tighter than they once were, as are shirts. Hitting the same paces on runs is a little tougher than it was a couple months ago. I feel so out of shape.
The myth that runners can eat whatever they want isn’t true. Someone who weighs 165 pounds (like I do) and runs around 40 miles a week (like I do) burns an extra 5,000 calories each week. That’s not nothing, but it’s definitely not carte blanche to eat whatever I want.
Running more to burn more calories isn’t an option for me. I don’t have the time. So, I have to figure out a way to eat less than I have been lately.
For starters, I’m going to eliminate the snacks from my office. I’m realizing that most of my during-the-day snacking is more from boredom than actual hunger.
I’m also going to try drinking more water and eating healthier, more filling foods. I’ve read the articles so many times—and I’m sure you have too—saying to do these things. Now I just need to actually start doing them.
Maybe that will help. Hopefully that will help.