I just started week six of my twelve week half marathon training for the Cleveland Half, which means I'm just about halfway through the program! I can't believe my second half-marathon is only about a month and a half away. Crazy, just crazy.
My Planet Fitness membership has been immensely beneficial to my training. Like, I can't even. Admittedly, some mornings it's really tough to get my ass up and out the door before 6 am, but those early morning workouts are a saving grace in more ways than one. There's a lot going on professionally that has left me feeling increasingly frustrated and unsatisfied with my job, but I have found that I go into work with a better attitude after I've worked out. I think it's the Elle Woods theory -- endorphins make you happy and happy people don't shoot their husbands (or, y'know, their co-workers).
I haven't been talking about my weight loss as of late, mostly because I'm in a bit of a holding pattern. Trying to lose weight while training for a distance race is difficult and I'm still trying to find the right balance between eating enough to keep my body fueled for all of the exercise but not eating so much as to derail my progress. After months of counting points, I've switched back to Simply Filling and just a week in and I'm so glad I made the choice to go back to SF. It's something that just makes sense to me in terms of choosing the foods I eat.
Weight Watchers has also been supporting Simply Filling a little more since the beginning of the year with the launch of their Simple Start plan and this time around I've noticed a bunch more brand name foods in the Weight Watchers app are marked as being Simply Filling which is awesome. I tend to do more cooking from scratch on the plan but every once in awhile I'm lazy and it's nice to know I can stock up on certain canned soups (as an example) if I'm just not in the mood to make a whole big meal.
The whole idea of Simply Filling is not having to track Power Foods and I don't. I only use the Weight Watchers app to track my non-power foods which will come out of my 49 weekly points. But I am tracking everything I eat in MyFitnessPal so at least I know my calorie count and it stops me from going completely overboard in what I eat. I think that's the one thing that makes people hesitant about trying Simply Filling -- you eat until satisfied and for some of us, we've done so much damage over the years that we can't trust our bodies to tell us when we're actually full. So by keeping track of calories I have a better overall picture of my food choices, which is helpful and makes me more aware of what I'm eating.
Love from the ashes,