Written by Ann Brennan
One of the biggest mental obstacles to weight loss for runners is falling into the trap of believing that because we run we can eat anything we want. But if we pay attention to the scales we will see that that is not the case. If we pay attention to the scales over time we will notice that with each decade that passes those numbers are harder and harder to bring down.
But, it can be done and when we are trying to qualify for Boston, get a PR or just maintain the speed we have always run at, weight loss just might be the missing ingredient.
As I am training for a fall marathon in which I plan to finally, at 45, qualify for Boston, I know that I need to lose weight. For anyone who has ever seen this short, wide frame, I know they would agree.
In today’s podcast I talk about the importance of weight loss for runners, the reason why I do not agree with being a food Nazi and most importantly, I discuss the mental obstacles that keep us from dropping those stubborn pounds. As with running, I believe that weight loss is as much mental as physical. If we do not tame our inner demons, if we can not control our thoughts about food and body image, then we are fighting a losing battle.
Please listen to the podcast, then share…What is your biggest mental obstacle in fighting the weight loss battle.
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For the first time in the four years since I began Ann’s Running Commentary I have decided to come out officially for a cause. I am currently raising funds for the Out of the Darkness organization. Through the generosity of my readers and friends I have met my goal of $1000 but I would love to see that number continue to rise. The number of people around the world suffering with depression and other mental illnesses continues to grow and the amount of help available to them continues to shrink. Please help me to be a part of the change. If you cannot donate I ask that you share my story of depression and suicide so that others will know they are not alone. Thank you so much for all of your support.