Has anybody else got that perennial feeling of dismay after stepping on the scales or going for a ride and realising they’re back to the same stage they were this time last year? After training with focus and determination during October and November the festive month of December has completely scuppered me!
The pinnacle of my autumnal training came at the start of December with a 14 mile run. It was the most substantial distance of my early marathon training and a real confidence booster for the strains and stresses that lie ahead. But that was it. During the following week I contracted the man-flu that is doing the rounds (I was lucky but I know lots of other people using antibiotics to fight off the virus) and lost 10 days of training before heading out for my pre-Christmas half marathon (which was a big disappointment anyway)
Even on the run-up to the event I was fully in to Christmas party mode: For two weeks I had drinks on Tuesdays, recovery Wednesdays, party on Thursdays, recovery on Friday, out on Saturday night…. you get the picture. When the festivities were finally upon us, I was already feeling the bulge growing around my belly and my belt appeared to have shrunk again! During this time the exercise all but dried up. Even the Boxing Day bike ride that I arranged (from our local pub) didn’t help because my hangover started after about 10 miles! Other than that, one short bike ride on a Saturday morning and plenty of postponed runs are not enough to maintain fitness whilst loading the body up with lager, wine, gin and mince pies!
So here I am again at the start of January, having enjoyed a brilliant months of partying, nursing the tail-end of my New Years Eve hangover and rueing the loss of that fitness I had just a month ago.
Yet I still feel hopeful of what the sporting year ahead may bring. I’ll be repeating last years alcohol free January which helped me shed about half a stone and my marathon training schedule will
kick back in properly next week (with plans for a couple of runs/rides in the next few days). As of today, I’ll resume using the app that helped me get on top of my food intake 18 months ago (that I’d highly recommend) and start avoiding the “3 C’s” of crisps, chocolate and cheese. The tuna salad is already in my lunchbox along with some Greek yoghurt and fruit and I’ll be actively ignoring the treats lying in wait within the kids’ Christmas selection boxes!
So I think I’m in a good position – well informed and motivated for the marathon – and should be OK to drop the first few kilos that will get the ball rolling and enable me to see the rewards of my dietary discipline!
Is anyone else in the same boat as me and if so, what’s the plan?