Week 5

This past week seemed to go pretty quickly, by the time Friday came around I was completely exhausted. I did week 2 of my lifting program and completed a total of 8 workouts throughout the week, 4 lifting and 4 runs, which I’m sure is the most I’ve done in a long time. My body hurts but I feel really good and I can already tell my clothes are starting to fit better.

I’m up to 7 miles for my long run and starting this week I’ll start incorporating more speed work such as tempo runs and fartlek. I also signed up to work with Relentless Runners again for my fall marathon so I’m pretty excited about that. I find that having a long-term goal, in this case for the year, keeps me on track and out of that “I’m on a break, lets party” mindset. Everything feels like it’s falling into place and I’m just in a really good head space right now.

Last Tuesday I saw my nutritionist, I get weighed every 4 weeks or so and I never see the number so I can’t get obsessive about it. The number on the scale did not go down but my BF % changed a little bit, which if I’m being honest is really the most important thing to me. I figure if I can keep up with running and lifting then I’ll get to where I want to be and feel good while getting there. I also made the decision to give up meat for a little while.

Last year I did a genetic test, geneticdirection.com if you’re interested, and unsurprisingly it came back and said that my ability to lose weight through diet and exercise is low (thanks mom and dad for the bad genes). It also told me how I break down carbs, protein, and fat. Also unsurprisingly, my ability to break down fat is low, whereas carbs was normal and protein is elevated. So I figured that by giving up meat, which is mostly fatty, it would just help with my over all digestion/weight loss goals. I’m only a week into that decision but I am feeling so good. I’ve felt lean everyday, my stomach isn’t constantly bothering me, I’m eating so many more veggies, and my groceries were much cheaper this time around. I’m sure this won’t be a permanent thing but I’m loving being creative in the kitchen and trying out new foods and recipes. Between the tweaks in my diet, adding in the strength training and taking the proper supplements that I’m deficient in (another thing I found out through the genetic test), I feel like a new person. I’m excited to see what this week brings.


Till next time…


Week 4 & NEDA

Can’t believe I’m already a month into training for my 5th half marathon. So crazy. Last week I mentioned that I started a new strength training program and after only doing it for a week I can definitely tell it’s going to be a game changer. I feel like it’s already helped my running form and stamina, and it’s definitely helping my sleep because I am so exhausted after every workout. I’m not mad about it.

As of yesterday my 26th birthday is 2 months away and I’d like to lose 10-12 lbs before then. My eating habits have been getting significantly better over the last few weeks so I feel like everything is finally coming together. With my past though, the desire to lose weight can be a slippery slope….

I shared some of my story on Instagram (cpier10 if you want to follow) but last week was Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I felt like it was important to talk about this because ED’s are very common in athletes. While I have never been diagnosed with one, I have had anorexic/orthorexic tendencies from my teens through 22-23. I’ve never fully disclosed everything I put myself through during that time to anyone but my nutritionist and the guys I dated during that time. I think I’ll still keep some things to myself but I’m hoping that by opening up some, it helps others to feel like they’re not alone.

I’ve always struggled with my weight, I gained a lot of weight the summer before 4th grade because I wasn’t very active and I was constantly overeating. My body image issues started shortly after that. It wasn’t until I was in my sophomore year of high school that I really started “dieting”, and by dieting I mean eating maybe 500-800 calories a day. I started to lose some weight and I had allowed it to get to the point where I felt better when I didn’t eat. Of course this isn’t sustainable so I’d go through a couple of months of that followed by a couple of months of binge eating. This peaked when I was 19, I had gotten a gym membership and I quickly became obsessed with Spin, the elliptical, and  burning as many calories as possible. I would go to the gym, get on the elliptical for  an hour, go to an hour-long spin class, then go back home to get on the treadmill because I NEEDED to lose weight. It consumed me. During that time I was dating a guy who went to Pitt and I would visit him on the weekends, every weekend I would get so drunk because I was never eating enough and exercising too much. I used the alcohol to briefly forget that I didn’t like myself and to finally let loose. I was a hot mess.

I did this for a year until I decided to do my first half marathon for my 21st birthday, I ended up gaining back all of the weight but I did cut out alcohol for 5 months in order to take training more seriously. Once the race was over I started celebrating 21 and put on even more weight and drinking even more. I was so depressed that I would come home from work, close all the curtains and go right to sleep. By the time I was 22 I had put on so much weight I had reached a number on the scale I’d never seen before and was being told by my doctor that I had fatty liver. (Fatty liver can be caused by alcohol as well as gaining a lot of weight because the fat has to go somewhere) I immediately went back to my old habits of restricting calories, counting every single thing I ate, cutting out alcohol, and I started to see the number on the scale go down.

When I met my nutritionist a few months after the fatty liver diagnosis, I was still only eating 800-1000 calories a day. He made a meal plan for me and I started eating around 1300-1500 and the weight started to come off because for once I was finally eating the right amount of food. In all honesty, the fatty liver diagnosis was the wake up call I needed and looking back I’m glad that happened. I’ve been working with Andrew from Case Specific Nutrition for a little over 3 years now and we’ve been through a lot; several meal plans, a few whole 30s, setbacks, screw ups, but I’ve also learned a lot from him. My number one goal isn’t to be skinny anymore. It’s to live a balance life and to be strong, confident, comfortable, faster and HEALTHY.

Everyone has their own journey, and some don’t come out on top. I finally feel like I’ve got my head above water. I still struggle with these habits, but I see the goal and I’m getting there in a safe and healthy way. It’s a good feeling to have…


Till next time…

Week 3

Well, at least this past week was better than the last. Because of my rolled ankle I took it easy and changed my plan around. I only had 2 runs scheduled, with some (lots) of walking to fill in the other days. I also decided on Friday to sign up for a weight training program in an attempt to help with my weight loss efforts. My running always improves when I incorporate weights. I actually just began the 4 week program today so I’ll update you on that next week.

With the exception of Friday night and Saturday afternoon, I killed it on the clean eating this week. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared by making a menu every week and actually taking the time to prep it. I’m currently debating giving up meat for a month, mainly to save money on my groceries but also as a way to force me to eat more vegetables. So I currently don’t have my menu done for the week. I ate so much chicken in the last 7 days that I probably won’t eat it again for another year.

As for this upcoming week; I have a 3 mile run planned for tomorrow, lifting on Wednesday, 30 minute Fartlek + lifting on Thursday, 3 on Saturday + lifting and 6 on Sunday to finish off the week. Basically wish me luck…

I’m going to go foam roll now. Until next time…