My attempt to keep weight gain at bay while not running

There are so many things to miss about running when you’re injured and I’d be lying if I said knowing that I’m burning fat and calories while out there isn’t one of them. I have felt good about my body since shedding some unwanted fat via MAF training, so it’s only natural that I don’t want to put it back on while on the DL. I think it’s probably inevitable that a few pounds will sneak on: I’m just not going to put in the hours of other activities that I would running because frankly, I don’t enjoy them nearly as much. And at this point in my life, I’m just not going to spend hours on end doing things I really don’t enjoy.

So–the strategy will look like this:

  • Approaching nutrition with more focus than normal. I’m always careful about what I put into my body–processed foods are not on my menu at any point, but now I need to be more diligent than normal with increased vegetable, fruit, and good fat intake. I’m applying the “six packs are made in the kitchen” philosophy here.
  • Increasing the amount of strength work I do. When I’m running, I am faithful about strength training two times per week. Now I’m upping that to three. I’m also making sure to keep a good amount of variety in those strength workouts.
  • Walking more than normal. I don’t spend much time sitting during the day at all, and I do walk a fair amount, too. But let’s just say Tori is getting in a few more miles than normal right now! Inspired by MizFit, I’m trying to walk more errands than I normally would–I am fortunate to have a grocery store, post office, coffee shop, etc. all about a mile down the road from my house.
  • Cross-training to the extent that I can. Right now it appears that the bike and swimming are pretty much ok with this injury. Yoga is not. I may have to back off  for a bit after my PRP injection, but I do one or the other, or sometimes both, every day. Again, I’m not going to sit on my bike trainer for two-plus hours or swim 4,000 yards at a time because I just don’t like them enough. But an hour to an hour-and-a-half, or 2,500 yards here or there I can handle.

That’s the plan. PT exercises will of course be in there, as well, once I have my shot and things have settled down. Of course I’d rather run and have the ability to be a bit less focused. But I’ll keep up my cardiovascular fitness and strength this way, and hopefully, stay in my current size jeans as well. Wish me luck!

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