I’m so happy to be able to say that last night we went for a run and not only was the humidity at a lower level than it’s been for a couple weeks, but there was a steady breeze that made our run feel more like resistance training. It was so nice to be able to run without feeling like I was going to suffocate from the thick, muggy air. Last night we ran farther than any other day and we have finally surpassed 5 km. It was still a hard run and it was still quite hot, but it felt good.
As we walked home we started discussing what to eat for dinner the rest of this week, and we couldn’t agree. There’s been a “long-standing” argument of sorts (does 2 months count as long?) brewing in our house since we started watching our diet. My hubby and I disagree on the right way to approach food. He thinks that building muscle is more important than losing weight in the short term, because we will be able to burn more calories in the long-term. Therefore, he thinks eating a diet higher in protein and not limiting carbs is the way to go. Essentially, he says if it’s protein there should be no limit.
I, on the other hand, can’t agree. I think that we should follow a low-calorie diet and not eliminate carbs, but limit them. Our goal should be losing weight, because it will make running and exercise in general a lot easier, and I’m not convinced that we are going to build that much more muscle by eating more protein. So he advocates eating spaghetti and meatballs while I think salad with some grilled chicken would be more appropriate.
We also disagree a bit on how to approach running. He thinks we should run longer, which is part of the reason we’ve changed our goal from running 5 km to 10 km. I think that it is better to run more frequently rather than longer. Under my husband’s approach, we could only ever run 3 or 4 times a week at most since I’m betting we’ll need a rest day between long runs, but I think it would be better to run less time, but more often.
It’s hard to know what to do. This week on our way to the park we walked past the cafe we used to sit at for hours on end, and we ran into our regular waiter. We haven’t been there in months having made the conscious decision to cut out unnecessary sugar and calories. The waiter was awe-struck when he saw us. “Your faces changed, your stomach shrank, what did you do?” he said. It was really funny, and obviously we’re doing something right. We eat breakfast and dinner together, but for lunch we are apart. He eats protein-heavy and I eat calorie-reduced. We’re still both losing weight.
What’s your approach to food and running when you want to lose weight?