Matching my son, pound for pound

Approaching his tenth week, Mrs H decided that it was time to weigh the boy again, since he was suggested at his last visit to the doctor that he was a touch on the light side and in need of beefing up.

The kitchen scales are now too small to hold even him, so it was a question of me getting on the bathroom scales with him and doing the maths. He now weighs a stately 5kg. Hardly Big Daddy territory, but no rake either, which is a relief.

What came as a shock though was that he has now put on almost exactly the same weight that I have over the same period. When I came back from the Spartathlon I weighed 82kg, and have been putting on weight ever since. Not that it hasn’t been fun, but as I look at the boy plumped up in his rocker I can’t help but wonder just how I could fit – quite literally – all of his weight inside of me.

So, the time has come to turn the tide. There are six months until the London Marathon, for which I have serious plans – soon to be announced – and carrying that extra baggage isn’t going to do me any favours. My brother-in-law took on the Dukan Diet, with dramatic results. However, the only diet I have ever tried is lentils and fish, and it left me bored stiff within a month. It worked though.

The perfect diet that lets us eat (and drink) as we want is, of course, the holy grail, but if anyone has suggestions for how to combine a lot of miles with a diet that doesn’t end in tears, I would be most receptive.


About Robin Harvie

I have been running marathons for ten years. But when I couldn't around faster than 3 hours 12 minutes, I decided to see how far I could run before I keeled over. Turns out pretty far. In September 2009 I took on the Spartathlon - 152 miles from Athens to Sparta. Non stop. Why We Run is about that journey and about why we run at all.
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4 Responses to Matching my son, pound for pound

  1. nigel harvie says:

    Dukon works in France because they are all on strike/demo/torching car tyres. The adrenalin it off like nothing else. Mon medecin says so.

  2. Eva says:

    Wow I love your blog, I gonna take some time out to read it properly. Looking forward to it!

  3. Pingback: New Year’s Resolution abandoned already in favour of beer and pizza | WHY WE RUN

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