I know it in my head. I've preached it here. I've devoted an entire blog post to it. It's the first part of the little slogan at the top of this blog, and with good reason. However, over the last few weeks I strayed a bit from the simple concept that I need to watch my calorie intake even when I'm eating healthy foods and exercising heavily.
In the two weeks prior to this one, I completed runs of 17 miles and 20 miles. I missed none of the runs from my marathon training plan. I supplemented the running with exercise biking and strength training sessions, all fairly intense. Over that time I ate exactly one dish that would be considered out of bounds in relation to the way I've eaten for the last 9-ish months--a squash casserole on Thanksgiving Day. And over those two weeks, I managed to gain around 12 pounds, simply by eating too much healthy food. I was indiscriminately grabbing bowls of greek yogurt with too many almonds and/or walnuts, grabbing extra helpings of turkey (no skin, no gravy,) and generally just slacking off from the level of tracking of what I eat that I've gotten used to.
I'm not fretting about it, and in the big scheme of things, it's no big deal. The trend has already started to reverse this week. I've logged everything for the last few days and have dropped from 183.6 to 180.5, and I fully expect to be back down in the lower 170s by the end of this month. However, I thought I'd just put this quick post up to remind myself and my readers that for many of us, exercise and eating the "right" foods isn't enough. The slogan at the top is in that order for a reason: eat less, eat healthier, exercise more.