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Archive for March, 2012

Eating behavior, body weight, body image, and nutrition concerns have been preoccupying much of my waking hours for as long as I can remember.

I have been on a quest for the perfect eating plan and solution to what I felt was a bizarre relationship with food–maybe a compulsive eating disorder, possibly a food addiction or even a set of food allergies. What I did not expect was that would lead to a major life-altering experience that would affect every aspect of my life.

What I’ve learned about feeding my body is that I feel drawn back towards a more plant-based diet. What feels most natural to me now is a transition towards a vegan diet–preferably as much of it raw as possible. I believe that my body feels most nourished on whole raw foods and adding more of these into my daily routine will push out the less nourishing foods and I feel these foods will eventually make up the bulk of my diet. Another principle I learned is that I no longer want to struggle with anyone or anything in my life. Applying this to my diet and exercise feels right and takes the stress out of the change. We do not need extra stress and struggle in our lives. I want more light and love, nourishing foods and relationships.

The real paradox of all this is that I didn’t start losing any weight until I gave up counting calories and trying to design the perfect food plan. Trusting my body’s wisdom and learning to listen to my intuition on everything I do is allowing my body to slowly and naturally move back toward a normal size and a healthier way of life.

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This is the year

I’m committed this year. At least my money is. I’ve sent my $85 to secure my spot in the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon on Labor Day weekend. This is not my ideal scenario. My ideal scenario would be me in lean, mean racing shape BEFORE I started training for the half. But, I’m going to be very zen about it this year and just do the training and see what happens.

I have allowed myself 15 weeks for the actual half-marathon training phase which will start in May. This leaves me 10 more weeks to establish my base and get stronger. My hope is that this will put me in a position to train to FINISH the half-marathon. Any time-goal aspirations I had in previous years are going to be saved for a later date. It’s been 8 years now since I ran the half-marathon, so just getting through the training and the race without permanently injuring myself or having myself committed will be a satisfying outcome.

Galloway seems to still be the perfect every-man/woman’s training plan and that is the strategy this year. It’s flexible, conservative and it’s worked for me in the past with better-than-expected racing results.

More to come.

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