I have been here for a while, but thought I would introduce myself again. I am a new me.
I first started brewing in the mid-nineties. I took time off to get married and have kids. I have been back at it for about 10 years.
As usual drinking the beer is the best and hardest part. I struggled with my weight all that time.
About 3.5 years ago I started running to counter the beer drinking. I started on a treadmill. That sucked. So, I enrolled in a 10K class at the local Fleet Feet. Running with lots of people (people who are also slow) is a way more fun. The class took 10-12 weeks to work us up to the 10K distance and then we finished by running a local race. I liked the 10K class so, I signed up for a half marathon class. Next, I tried a sprint triathlon class. Then, two more half marathon classes. Over 2.5 years I lost maybe 5 pounds but, I felt great. I finally decided to go for a marathon last year but, I thought I should loose some weight before running that distance. I didn’t know how to loose weight though. Nothing had ever worked.
Last April I heard a presentation and the speaker mentioned that the only diets that work long term are diets that involve keeping a food diary. For some reason that resonated with me. I downloaded MyFitnessPal (a food diary app) and set a daily calorie goal to loose one pound a week. That was 1 year ago. I lost 40 pounds and stopped dieting two months ago. I still use MyFitnessPal to maintain my weight.
I ran my marathon last December. Here I am after an Ultra Trail Marathon in January.
Loosing the weight made me so much faster and hooked me hard on running. I keep my running medals in the brewery.
I was supposed to run another marathon on Sunday. It was just delayed 2 weeks due to predicted bad weather.
Keeping the weight off has required dropping my beer consumption a bit. Thankfully, my new running friends are helping me polish off the kegs.