Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Boy, what a difference a week of good solid nutrition can make on the energy system! Duh. My runs are simply strong and enjoyable again. Lifting is solid and making gains. I'm not craving anything, I'm not hungry, I'm not crabby. Feeling great mentally and physically, it's a great place to be.

I ran a 15 on Saturday and 20 on Sunday without any saran wrap walls; it was all good and well fueled. A good place to be.

Except for the scale. But what am I going to do? Starve myself so that I can't run an easy five miles with Topaz, can't build muscle and am a bitch in general .. oh, but I can fit into a size 4 jeans? No thanks. I want to be able to run 100s and feel good, I want to compete in the bodybuilding show in October and it takes energy consumption. I don't know if I can do both, but I am going to do this bodybuilding show. I do worry that with all of the running I won't be able to build the physique that I want to build. This year will be a year to learn; a mix of running and bodybuilding, maybe next year I'll go all bodybuilding-to be determined.

By rereading my Precision Nutrition v1/2 and I have ordered v3, it just hasn't yet arrived, I am again putting good solid nutrition in place, eating just below the caloric needs necessary to build mass, maintain low body fat and continue with the ultra running. I'll check each week to make sure my outcome is consistent with my goals and tweak as necessary.

This is all a work in progress, today it feels good !

Today I begin to coach another session of Beginning Runners in Big Lake. We'll be meeting at 630; if you are interested be sure to contact me.


Danni said...

I have to admit that when you used to link to your food journal I wondered how you lived much less ran so much, then wondered if my perception was distorted and if I eat too much. Probably somewhere in the middle!

I wonder if maybe you're a candidate for kicking the scale to the curb. Body building seems somewhat incompatible with scale-obsessing given that weight gain goes with muscle building. And, you'll gain more muscle by eating enough.

Steve said...

Great point about the scale, Danni. Going by the tape measure certainly is a better gauge of how you are progressing - that and how you feel.

I'm glad to hear you're back on track, Julie. It's almost frightening to hear you sounding so despaired, since you are almost always energetic and positive. It's a good thing you listened to your body and made adjustments. It is always better feel good than to look good!

jh said...

I also struggle with trying to eat enough to fuel rock climbing, cycling, running, and lifting and am sometimes frustrated by the fact that I am bigger than the size 4 as well but then I take a good long look in the mirror and notice how strong and good I feel, remind myself that I am a thoroughbred and not a gazelle...

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janelle said...

Lately, I've noticed that my entire attitude/mood has been wayyyy off. I also realize that I have been eating like crap over the past month...not as crappy as some other people- but bad enough for myself. However, over the last few days, I've really picked it up and have started eating healthier again, and you wouldn't believe the change!

I think it's great that you have a goal in mind for wanting to be in a certain type of physical shape in October- I'm not sure that I could ever enter into a bodybuilding competition!

Olga said...

I am with Danni. Not that I don't want to see that stupid cute little number, so I decided not to step on a scale until this summer (or longer). I got stuff to worry about. And I got to keep myself happy (a.k.a. not bitchy) oh everybody around me will suffer greatly. And you (and I) look beautiful!