6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Out of Onederland

It is no secret that I have gained weight and am 10 pounds over my "Personal Ideal Weight" of 185. At 185 my pants fit right, I feel good and things don't jiggle as much. At 185 my thighs rub together, pretty sure they always will. At 185 I have a curves and a rump, and I am happy with that. At 185 given my height most of the BMI scales call me "Normal Weight." I was 185 for over a year and then it dissappeared.....POOF gone, the scale creaped up one pound or more at a time...

Bloggy Buddy Tricia HERE wrote a GREAT post yesterday about the "Reset Theory." The premise is when things get out of control it is time to hit RESET and start over. This morning I stepped on the Scale and it said....


200 POUNDS!!!

What the What?>? :o (

I ran 31 miles this weekend and I am at my highest weight in over 2 years!?!?!?!?!?!

Could be water retention or something?? Who knows?? I am sure tomorrow it will say 196 or 193, maybe the darn scale is broken?? Whatever the case, this morning I was out of "Onederland" a term coined by the Biggest Loser this season, meaning to be in the 100's...

I AM NOT OK WITH THIS!!!

I know what caused it... a Marathon appetite coupled with poor eating habits.... Add a mix of stress and some major life changes and BAM!!

RESET
Thank you Tricia...

Back to recording what I eat, filling my plate with fruits vegetables and healthy proteins.. No more drinking my calories. No more repeat visits to the candy bowl. No more hint of lime chips. Back to portion control and an awareness of what I put in my mouth..

  • MESSAGE: Marathon training does not equal weight loss. You still have to pay attention to the calorie intake and eat healthy if you hope for the scale to shift...
Thank you for reading my VENT!! GRRRRR!!! Speedwork better watch out today I am on a mission to find Onederland :)

  • What is your "Onderland" you are on a mission to find?
HAPPY TUESDAY!!

54 comments:

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

It's the food, I agree. However, it is just plain unfair to run so much and gain weight.
I'm all for the reset!

Lori said...

I feel for you! I'm also tall (6 ft) and have gained about 10 pounds recently due to stress and overeating. Luckily I hide it well but I know it's there!!! Just letting you know someone else understands what you're going through. Side note (if you feel comfortable answering) ~ where do you find non-running clothes that are tall enough AND fit muscular thighs?

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I haev been eating everything in sight too. Beyond training, I think my nerves flare up before a big race. The bigger the race event the bigger the eating frenzy. Which starts small, hardly noticeable with a few extra bites here and there but before I realize it I have chosen to eat an entire maple covered cinnamon roll for breakfast. And before reading your post, I told myself it was okay because I had just ran 7 miles this morning and would follow it with another run tonight. Thanks for the reminder! Racing does not equal eating poorly. I think I'm going to go pace up and down the hall to burn off a bit of that "breakfast."

Emz said...

this is a great --- noooooooo - fabulous post.

Loved the comic. I'd have taken the towel off though --- that's a pound right there, right?!

Amy said...

Mel -- you know I'm in the same boat as you. . . well, I'm actually the one rocking the boat! ;-) You look absolutely amazing, and are so super speedy, so don't let the scale bum you out. I know it bothers you though.
LORI -- The Buckle has super cute jeans that are in long lengths and fit normal sized girls. They even have Miss Me's in 34x36!

Holly said...

My "onederland" is hitting 10 minute miles consistently! I can only seem to run them on the TM and that's not good enough!! I won a Garmin 205 off of ebay yesterday so I am hoping that it will help me on my long runs and the shorter runs once the weather gets warmer! Good luck!

H Love said...

RESET!!! OK now do what what you know you can do...ditch the scale and the rest will fall into place! You are strong, determined and resilient...you got this!!

Morgan said...

You've got this girl, you know what you need to do and you know you can do it. Reset!

Suzy said...

Most people have their breaking point...a weight that is just not ok with them and it prompts them to change things. I feel your pain as I was there a couple months ago. You can turn it around. I love the reset idea!

Lisa said...

When you first take up running it seems like the pounds melt away. Then your body gets used to the long runs. I've seen the same thing over and over again--endurance runners who plateau or even gain weight.

I agree with you about the food. If you think of it as fuel for your runs, that might help. Also, using a food journal to keep track of everything you eat will really help. It really helps to remind you to make the right choices.

Also, you need to kick start your metabolism. The best way to do this is with interval training--the more intense the better.

Good luck. I know once you put your mind to it, you'll have nothing but success.

Sarah said...

I feel for you! I'm having the same problem! It's all about the food. It's just not right. I run 5 miles, but then eat like I ran 10. I hit the reset button on Sunday, and so far I've stuck with it! We'll see what that scale has to say next time!

Hang in there!

Sarah
Uberlibrariana

SupermomE12 said...

Stupid scale! You look amazing and you are doing awesome with your training... you are MUCH much more than just a number on that stupid scale. :)
I just wrote a post about eating to fuel my training if you are interested
http://seemomrunfar.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-to-eat.html

I have found that I just have to have lots of "good" options to eat because when that "holy crap I ran over 50 miles this week" hunger kicks in there is no stopping the need to eat and if there isn't something healthy to shove in my mouth just about anything else will do! :)

My "wonderland" (happy place) is in between 135 and 139, but I am a lot shorter than you! (5"5)

Hang in there...I am sure you will be back in Onderland in a day or two. :)
Erin

Claudia said...

My confort weight is at 185,too.
I have not always been there. In 2000 I started walking and then running, and even though I could run 10 miles, I was still at 237 pounds. This changed in 2003 when I changed my life and lost almost 60 pounds. The only time I got close to 200 again, was after the very sudden passing of my dad in 2009. It took a while to get things back to normal.

200 is my warning number - the number I promised myself I would not pass, ever again.

Right now I would love to see the what happens if I get below 180. Would it affect my times?

Thanks so much for this post!
It feels good to know that it is possible to be athletic, but still have these issues.

Rose said...

Speaking of Biggest Loser, when Jillian had a podcast and BL first started doing marathons with the final four, she was PISSED, because she knows that marathons can actually inhibit weight loss, because of the extra crazy hunger.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I exited my personal version of "Onederland" five years ago - you know, that college weight. Ever since, I've kept a watch on my food; never "how much?', only "what?"

I wrote my own blog about it yesterday - how I've switched my eating habits after deciding to go vegetarian for a time. I eat more vegetables, switched all my old snacks for healthy ones (fruits and vegetables), and even managed to lose my own sweet tooth.

I prefer to think that this has really helped keep me within my personal target.

Not that you need it, but best of luck with your mission. Knowing you, you'll crush the goal in no time!

Kristin @NyceLife said...

Thanks so much for this post. I am in desperate need of a reset, I love running (I am a new runner- started in August) but I am heavier than I've been in a LONG time since I started :(

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Sparkpeople.com is my best friend. Without it I would much more than the 7 lbs from my "onederland" ...

I RUN LIKE A GIRL said...

You are amazing and beautiful - don't forget that!! It sounds like you know what you need to do to get back to Onederland and I KNOW you can do it!! I'm a candy lover myself, so I know what you mean about extra trips to the candy bowl or always eating dessert. :) Good luck!

Run with Jess said...

My "Onderland" is 145, but I'm hanging around 170. Just reset this week (Tricia's read was great!). Need to stop eating so much during training, but it's soooo hard....

Jen said...

I have been working towards wonderland for 3.5 years....right now I am 10lbs away! I am having a hard time finding the balance of eating under my calories and runnning! Damn it makes me hungry.

Anna Walker said...

Oh my gosh! I was in Onderland and now I'm above again, but I am pretty sure you are at least a foot taller than me!
I will be exercising and watching what I eat, AND sparkpeople-ing what I eat! :)
Good luck! I know you'll get there!

http://annawalker1992.blogspot.com/

Carly said...

I know how you feel. But it's important that you are identifying the problem now and not living in denial about it! I'm working hard to get back into onederland myself. We can do it!

Fair Weather Runner said...

well congrats on the the miles lady! and weight is tricky, but it sounds like you have a good plan. i always have to remember to not eat like i'm training for a marathon when i'm point of fact not training for a marathon.

so at least you ARE training for an 'm'! so there's that. and a big 'm' at that.

Kate said...

Bleh. I hear you. I've been running like crazy and up pounds. I know it's bc of my bad eating choices. Need to get that under control.

Thanks for your honesty in putting the numbers up there. You aren't alone.

If you answer Lori's clothes question, will you blog it? I'd like to hear the answer, too.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Damn scale! Get rid of it and find won that works!!!!! You'll be in the ones in no time!

beach mama said...

I know how you feel. I am 180 right now...I'd like to be 160... but I am also only 5'3" so technically I am obese. I hate my little Wii Mii that puffs up when I enter my stats. whatever. I just ran my first half marathon last week! :)
You just keep on keepin' on. You rock Mel!

Liz said...

I am totally with you. My wonderland is 170 (I'm a few inches shorter than you; okay, more than a few) and after my first half marathon I was right there. But I have slowly let my weight creep up, too.
I saw Tricia's post last night and thought, "yup, time to reset".

Here's to shedding extra pounds and getting back to onederland (I absolutely LOVE The Biggest Loser).

Emily said...

marathon training definitely does NOT equal weight loss! PS Happy Friendaversary!!! Can't wait to celebrate in BOSTON!

Rochelle said...

I totally feel you on this one! I recently lost 55 lbs and then I started slacking and keep gaining 3 lbs...then I get refocused and then lose it and gain it back. It's so funny, cause I'm running more and more miles each week - but I also eat more and more. I feel like a teenage boy somedays! We just have to refocus each week and keep ourselves in check. Sometimes I get so comfortable and then I forget that healthy lifestyle is a life long thing!

Veronica said...

And to think - at one time, 200 was a dream weight. I bet that when you were in your process of losing weight, you did a happy dance when you saw 200 on the scale!

Isn't it strange how our perception of "ideal" changes as we change? As we get healthier, and our priorities align, we realize that we demand so much more of our bodies. Its not enough just to be "In Onederland", but to be fit, happy, and confident.

So go get that 185 girl! You've been there before, you can be there again. Time to put mommy back at the top of the list!

busy wife mom runner said...

i love your post, i am in need of hitting a reset button myself and now seems like a perfect time to do it, thanks!

Marlene said...

Everyone needs a little "RESET" once in a while. But I retain water BIG TIME the day after a long run, so check over the next couple of days.

That being said, try not to worry too much about the number (easier said than done, I know) - you are amazing and you do amazing things with that body of yours! Just focus on HEALTH!

scissorbill said...

Haha! The Weight Watchers coined the term 'Onederland' years ago.

I'm 6'1" and now I'm going to quit beating myself up over the being in the 180's because I was convinced the 'extra' weight was part of the reason why I'm such a slow runner. Thanks for proving me wrong!

You are the picture of health and you're going to shine in the Boston Marathon so quit stepping on that scale!

The Jesse said...

great post! i need a "reset" on my eating lately too. thanks for sharing :)

Kerrie T. said...

That's probably why you've been feeling so tired. :( It's not fair. So easy to put on, so hard to take off. I saw Tricia's post, too. Happy reset to you!

Amanda M. Carey said...

I totally understand you on the weight issue. It's ALWAYS an issue for me. It took me over a year to lose my baby weight from Michael (17 months now) and I was training for a marathon during that time. HORRIBLE! I starve when I am in marathon training and its super hard to say, "I'm not going to eat that cookie" (or 5 cookies) after I just ran 18 or 20miles.

Good luck, girl! I'm rooting for you. I totally understand and sympathize. FOCUS and be ACCOUNTABLE. Find a friend and send her your food journal every day, then let her bust you out when you get crazy. As always, moderation is the key.

Hugs,
Amanda

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I heart your honesty. It seems like marathon training and losing weight would go hand-in-hand, but I didn't realize how much hungrier I would be either!! I had to "reset" my fuel choices.

You are a natural mesomorph, so the lbs are mostly burning cals. However, I am completely with you on "finding" your optimal racing weight.

Your lean 6' frame carries it well though!

LindseyAnn said...

Honestly? I don't weigh myself. I go off how my pants shirts fit, and when things get a little tight, I start watching portions and taking in more plant-based foods.

My "onederland" right now is running a 1:50 half marathon. I'm fixating a bit, I want it so badly.

Good luck, and remember: what you weigh isn't who you are. You're a beautiful person no matter what. :)

April said...

That is why I do not own a scale! My weight fluctuates if I look at food.
And I learned that marathon training does not equal weight loss, last year when I didn't lose a single pound even though I was running 40-50 mile weeks!!
Running increased miles=increased appetite.
My "onederland" is about 150...though I won't know if I there until I go to the Dr to get weighed...which I don't plan on doing anytime soon!;)

Lisa {eatprayrun-lisa.blogspot.com} said...

I really appreciated her 'Reset Theory' post as well. It was a great reminder that running does not equal a free pass to eat everything in sight (um, my recent behavior). So, don't get too down on yourself. You're certainly not alone, and it sure sounds like you're nipping it in the bud!

Pam said...

OOoooo GIRL! I SO feel you! I just posted on this very thing (and started food journaling for the first time) yesterday!

Kristin said...

Ha! My comfy weight is in the 150s (would like it to be the 140s but oh well). Don't know how many times I've said "I'll never see 160 again!"...but then I do (like today!). I think my panic number is 165. Right now I'm just cruising with marathon training and mostly sensible eating, hoping a few pounds will drop of their own accord. That happens, right? :)

Tortuga_Runner said...

LOL I love this post. I see you as the model of health and someone I can identify with from the height perspective. I aspire to your speed and so would have never guess you at 185. I am in the low 180's now, but am probably an inch or two shorter than you are. You carry your weight well and will soon be back in onederland. I'd like to say that I wouldn't look at the scale if I was as fast as you are, but truth is I am totally sucked in by the number some times.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Ugh. I know your frustration!! I hit reset after Vegas. I was at my highest weight in about 2 years at that race too. It is so crazy how that happens! Marathon training =starving all the time.

You can get control back! Don't be too hard on yourself, stress is a a devil too, it will pretty much turn broccoli into stored fat..(ok probably not but that is what I tell myself).

Kittee said...

I totally feel your pain. Why is it that runners have a hard time losing weight. I have 12 pounds to get to my ideal weight.

I think you look fantastic, never would of guessed your weight. I actually look at all the althetic women bloggers and say I want a body like that. Hang in there!

Does dropping pounds help with your get faster?

Jen @ TheTrailGoesOnForever said...

First of all - I think you look amazing. 31 miles in two days? You're one rock hard mother runner! And I'm with Rose - marathon training makes you seriously hungry. I have always eaten/gained during marathon training. Just remember, if your clothes fit the same, then it could also be muscle mass. Or water retention. Ugh. Good luck. I'm rooting for you!

The Kindys said...

I totally needed to hear this today! I have been thinking and going through the same thing! It has taken me until now to realize training for any race does not equal weight lose, you have to include healthy food also. Thank you!

Julie D. said...

so with you on this. I always gain weight when marathon training. I had to reset a couple weeks ago...up 10 lbs from 'ideal weight'. booo. Love that comic. I might try that. :) hang in there. it will come off fast. Probably by tomorrow morning. darn water weight.

Tricia said...

My "onederland" is 150. I've let it creep up a bit. It's amazing how weighted down my body feels when it packs on a few pounds. Thankfully I hit "reset" on Monday and have already lost some of that. We can do this!

KT80 said...

I use a food diary, and love it - MyFoodDiary. I set goals for February to have at least 30g of fiber per day and 90g of protein per day. I find that some days it's great and other days I eat too many calories, but under the auspice of meeting my goals. Basically, I see that I need to eat more to meet my goals and I do it, even though I am eating too many calories. I am hoping that coming at it from this angle (of a goal and not restrictions) will help. I think it is, but I don't really know.

The Unexpected Runner said...

I feel your frustration, but I gotta tell you I'm relieved to know that this isn't just my problem! Seriously???? How can I be over where I want to be when I'm racking up the miles like I've never done before? It's just WRONG!

Wifey said...

GIRL! From one tall gal to another I feel ya! I, too, have slipped (several times) out of Onederland. Good for you for taking a positive attitude and hitting reset! You'll be back to 185 in no time!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Val said...

Great post! Very timely for me as well. I just finished 2 servings of hint of lime chips! Arg- we don't keep chips in the house because I have no self control so this means I made a special trip to the store just to buy the chips and some cheese dip:( Time to hit the reset button for me too. We're all in this together....

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K @ Running Through Life said...

You are not alone with weigh issues! I am currently struggling with an 8 pound gain and ugh, I am not okay with it! Good luck M!