Fat geese, hobbits and fast land mammals

Christmas is coming and it isn’t just the goose that is getting fat. I had got used, since I started running, to a steady or slowly declining weight so I have been a bit perplexed to find it creeping up over the last 3 or 4 weeks. I have tackled this by;

1. Recording all my food intake on my fitness pal ( which tells me that I will have lost weight in 5 weeks).

2. Upping my mileage back to 10 miles per week, done for 2weeks now

3 re reading Matt fitzgerald’s ‘racing weight.

I think that I had a bit of a lightbulb moment today, courtesy of Matt. I was eating my muesli which I had dutifully recorded as 60g when I thought that I should weigh it just to check. I couldn’t weigh the bowl I was eating so I poured another one of my usual size and sure enough it was 100g. An extra 150 calories. Mm that got me thinking.


Its a cheetah! Sadly I think that I have been more cheater than cheetah. Later on today I got to thinking about last week Friday clinic where in the course of the afternoon I managed to eat 6 thorntons chocolates. When I came to put them into ‘my fitness pal’ it said they were 80 calories each. I couldn’t believe it. Celebrations or quality street are also chocolate and about the same size but only 40 calories. I decided that my fitness pal must be wrong and halved the number that I had eaten to make the calories ‘right’. Another 200 hidden calories I suspect.

after my cereal I had to go in to work for a meeting and after that I felt a bit peckish so I had some toast and a milky coffee.


By the time I had logged that and a light lunch I found that I had no calories left for dinner! We had a stir fry ( no rice of noodles for me) and I went for a run based on the calorie content. I’m well aware that that’s not how you are supposed to put a training programme together, today I should have been doing some speed intervals or something, but instead I decided to do 4miles in order to use up 400 calories!

whether it was the motivation or having a good carb load on board I don’t know, but I had a really good run! I have re-set map my run to talk to me every half mile so that is quite helpful. I try to keep running ‘just for half a mile’ and it helps.

Time for a bit more honesty and accuracy!


About mawil1

Hi my name is julie and I took up running at the age of 46! Hence 'mawil' Middle Aged Woman In Lycra. I did it at first because someone asked me to do a charity run with them. I couldn't run at all, but pride wouldn't let me be seen to be unable to run so I started a walk run programme. I stuck with it and to my surprise I found that I liked it- after a couple of weeks of progress I was hooked! My blog is about my progress in running and how I fit it in with the rest of my life.
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