Marathon Training Meals (Week 1 of 13)

As I mentioned in a post last week, I was planning to clean up my diet this marathon training cycle.  To bring some discipline to the process, I am planning to photograph everything I eat each week and post it online.  I’m finding that photographing each meal and snack is a very effective way to consciously keep tabs on not only what I’m putting in my mouth, but assessing if this is something I really need to eat.  I caught myself on a few occasions picking up some snack item only to put it back down realizing that I wasn’t really hungry and was only going to eat it out of boredom or habit.  Also, knowing that I was going to post a photo on a public web site helped me avoid eating some junk food that I would normally not think twice about eating.

As I mentioned last week, my goal is not necessarily to lose weight, but to eat cleaner.  Last week I weighed 144.4 lbs (65.5 kg) and as of this morning, I weighed 141.5 lbs (64.2 kg), almost 3 lbs less.  I’m not sure if it is real weight loss or just a difference in hydration levels (i.e., water weight), but it is an interesting metric to monitor.

Overall, I think week 1 went well and I kept junk food to a minimum and avoided overeating.  Probably went over my 80% full doctrine on many occasions, but never exceeded 100%.  Below are pictures of what I ate all week.  As you’ll see, my food choices didn’t have a lot of variety, but I like to keep things simple.  Here’s a list of the core things I ate.

Rice, natto, vegetables (lots of carrots), bananas, mikans, pasta, noodles, whole wheat cereal, nuts, bread, fish, miso/veggie soup, eggs, chocolate, waffles, tofu, yogurt, tea, coffee and water.

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4 Responses to Marathon Training Meals (Week 1 of 13)

  1. Good luck with the weight loss, sounds like you’re being smart about it. I’m envious of all the great seafood you must have in Japan 🙂

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