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When I started running around four years ago I was 10st and fairly rapidly lost around 1st as I trained for my first half marathon. Hurray! Four years later I'm still running regularly and hard with 8 half marathons under my belt and two more plannedf for later this year but I started with menopausal symptoms in January (I'm 54) and the weight has just piled on in the last six months and I'm now 10 1/2 st. with it all lodged firmly around my middle.
I've always been fairly 'curvy' from the neck to the hips, with a very generous chest but now it's just silly - skinny legs, skinny bottom, skinny arms and a big roll of fat where my waist used to be!
I haven't changed my diet at all, I eat really healthily, cook most evening meals from scratch and I don't even like sweet things so the perils of the chunky kitkat are easily avoidable! I don't really fall into the trap of thinking 'oh I'm a runner so I can eat what I like' although I do have the odd swig of Ribena during the long run but not much.
I don't mind getting older (it's better than the alternative) but none of my clothes fit and you can't improve your speed if you're lugging 20 odd lbs of fat around. Any advice or even explanations?