The amount of information on a low carb lifestyle and its benefits is almost overwhelming. However, after much reading and talking with others who have adopted this lifestyle, I have decided that at least for the next four weeks, I am going to give it a go. Why? Glad you asked!
I turned 48 on February 23, and over the last couple of years, since really settling into menopause, I have found it harder and harder to keep my weight at what I consider best for running. I struggle to stay under 150, and at the same time, my belly pooch keeps increasing. This is probably a combination of menopause and hormone replacement therapy, which I could stop, but let's face it - the world does not want Leslie to stop her hormone replacement therapy. At least not for the moment. And I like the idea of staying out of jail. (Yes, things were that bad before I started on the drugs).
My coach, Gary Vale, has been talking to me off and on over the past year about a lifestyle change to eating fewer carbs, but 'til now, it just hasn't seemed like something I want to do. I mean come on - the world of endurance running has done almost nothing BUT say you can't perform without stuffing yourself with carbs (ever see an aid station table??). I mean, races even have spaghetti feeds the night before so you can "carbo load."
However, yesterday as I sat at work in pair of jeans that only a month or so ago fit very comfortably but were now cutting me in two, I decided enough is enough.
I work hard at being physically fit, but where I used to see progress in my body, I now see things slipping backward at an unbelievable rate. I'm a slower runner than I was two years ago. I don't have the energy I used to. My body is thickening in places I don't want it to thicken. And I can't believe all of this is simply because I'm getting older. Something has to change.
I don't expect this to be easy. I have never been one to count calories or anything like that. But as one individual I've been talking with told me, if I really want a change, it's going to take work, but will eventually become the norm and it'll be worth it.
So as I step off into the great unknown, I will try and post here more often and provide updates. I don't know if anybody is bothering to read this blog anymore since I rarely ever think about coming in here, but it will help keep me honest with myself.
I'll back soon ~