Thursday, August 05, 2010
So, I spent 2 months not weighing - hoping the lack of stressing over the number on the scale would help. Nope, I gained 3 lbs in 2 months. Ugh. Oh well, back to weighing. I'm getting sad seeing my tracker down there so much lower than I am, so I'm just going to reset. The good news is I weighed in at 164 yesterday and 163.2 today so that's already progress! Hooray!
My problem is - I'm just not sure what to do here. I've got the exercise down, no problem. Training for my tri has been much less stressful than half marathon training, but I am burning a LOT of calories. I'm not tracking on spark, but I am tracking on another site, and by their count, I should be losing 3-5 lbs per month. Not gaining 1.5 per. Bah.
Last month I gave up sweets (beyond fruit) and it was an eye opening experience. My appetite is MUCH more even, and what I thought was "every once in a while" had become almost every day. Even if it fits into my calories, it's not a healthy way to eat and I don't miss it much. I am treating myself to a fro yo this week, and limiting any desert to once a week, max. This month, I'm giving up fried foods. Namely french fries. It's one of those things in the grand scheme of I'm ok having as an occasional splurge, but when I've noted I've had either some one else's fries off their plate or my own fries a few times last week, it's time to give it up for a while.
Doing this - picking away at my bad food habits - will hopefully result in healthier eating overall - which hopefully will mean weight loss without severe calorie restriction. I'm not in a HURRY to lose this weight (I know I have the rest of my life), and I'm also coming to terms with the fact that it will be hard to have a significant amount of time where I'm not training for a race (aka - ok having a significant enough calorie deficit that I'm weaker during my workouts), and my best chance is to do this slowly and carefully.
My first tri is in a few weeks, and I'm getting nervous. I'm comfortable in the water, but I'm not a super strong swimmer technique-wise. Should be interesting! I know I have the endurance to get through it though, I've been training really well on the bike and run so as long as I make it through the swim I'll be ok, I think!
I'm going to think slim and healthy thoughts and hope my body decides to follow... have a great sparky day!