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Jason's March to the Marathon: You are what you eat

(Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM) (Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)
Some of the dip I made for a Super Bowl party on Sunday. (Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM) Some of the dip I made for a Super Bowl party on Sunday. (Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)
This gadget helps me keep track of my work - and holds me accountable. (Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM) This gadget helps me keep track of my work - and holds me accountable. (Source: Jason Dennis/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Food, glorious food!

I’ll admit, I love to eat. And sometimes I don’t make the healthiest choices. Exercising does allow me to get away with eating more, without feeling as guilty.

Losing weight was my motivation to start running, nearly three years ago. Now, running is part of my motivation to lose weight. It’s come full circle.

Yes, I want to look good on television – that’s part of the job – but more importantly, I need to stay fit and eat healthier to feel better, for my family and my future.

I’m not afraid to tell you that I weigh around 191 pounds right now, about 10 pounds heavier than my medically ideal weight for a man with a height of 5’10”. My first goal is to lose one pound per week for the next month and a half.

The lighter I am, the little bit easier it will be to complete the 26.2 miles. My first marathon is less than three months from now in Nashville. Weighing less will also put less strain on my knees and back when I run, plus put me at lower risk of injury.

As I’ve gotten older, it’s more difficult to get away with eating what I want to. That started for me when I turned 30 years old. It’s also a matter of metabolism.

I ran four miles yesterday, for my marathon training plan. Hours later, I consumed maybe 3,000 calories worth of chips and dip, BBQ, pizza, and sodas at a Super Bowl party. My running did not cancel that out.

We still need to splurge at times, enjoy life and enjoy eating! I’m all for that, but portion control doesn’t hurt. Maybe I could trick myself with smaller plates or bowls.

Admittedly, runners have a strange relationship with food. The more you run or exercise, the hungrier you are.

I enjoyed burning 1500+ calories in a 10-mile run a few days ago, which definitely allows me to eat more, but  I need to try not going overboard on those long run days.

Here are some my goals:

“Stock your fridge with fruits, veggies, and whole grains, so they’ll be there when mealtime rolls around. Those foods will keep you feeling good when you’re working out, plus they’ll keep your heart healthy,” Pamela Bede writes for Runners World magazine.

I need to eat enough to give me energy for the day and these runs, and also to recover after putting in the miles. I’ve been told coffee is not bad for me, and that’s good since I drink about four cups a day. Also, I don’t drink enough water.

We’ve heard the phrase, you are what you eat. I don’t want to be that chili cheese dip I made for the Super Bowl. I want to be a healthy runner.

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