Sunday, December 01, 2013
The weather must be watching the calendar, because it is cold and drizzly this morning, with snow in the forecast by the end of the week. So far, we've had a fall full of great running weather, and I was able to work my horses a fair bit in November. With the colder temps in a few days, the arena will be too frozen up to use, so my horses will be on winter vacation until probably sometime in March.
I have to admit that the close of 2013 finds me feeling kind of frustrated. This morning my weight was 167, which is actually just a little bit higher than it was at this time last year. I was right around 162 for most of the year, and even dipped below 160 a couple times. However, when I started to taper for my 30K in late August, I think that was the beginning of this annoying weight creep. Right when I should have been getting back into training after the 30K, I got a really nasty cold that was affecting my breathing for almost a month. I was able to train for and run the Zeitgeist HM at the beginning of November, and I have been training consistently since then, including adding more heavy compound lifting back into my routine (I couldn't seem to fit it in very well when my mileage was getting higher prior to my 30K this summer). The lowest weight I've seen in the last month is 163.8, so I'm guessing overall I've gained 3-4 pounds of real, actual fat. I'd like to think at least a little bit is muscle, but I'm kind of doubtful about that. Yesterday I even noticed that my size 8 Levi's are too tight now when fresh out of the dryer. Ugh. The short story is that I'm now about 10 pounds away from my ultimate goal weight, and after essentially maintaining, or losing less than a pound per month for about 14 months now, 10 pounds seems like an impossible amount to lose.
So the question is, what am I going to do to turn this around and get back on track? I think for now I need to focus on getting back to my 162 baseline weight. My body seems happy to maintain there, and I'll be able to stop worrying about stepping on the scale and seeing the 170's again. I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to do this, at the moment. I think I'll go back to tracking my food, which I haven't done in a LONG time, just to see where I am. I've also noticed that when it's dark by 6:00, I'm prone to feeling like the day is over, and I plop down and don't do as much around the house. Though it's not formal exercise, I guess my usual puttering around in the yard, or working with my horses until 8 or 9 each night burns more calories than sitting in front of the computer, and I haven't adjusted my eating to compensate for the reduced calorie burn. Another thing, is that I added cheese back into my diet, and kind of went overboard on that. A little cheese seems to be OK, but I don't need to rekindle my love affair with fancy cheeses.
Being that it's the first of the month, the time is ripe for a new challenge so I'll be ready to start 2014 on the right foot:
1. Do a mini workout after dark on weekdays - 2 mile walk or jog, plus at least 50 kettlebell swings
2. Raw veggies with lunch every weekday
3. Stick with the current workout plan - 2x week strength training, 1x HIIT (rowing), 4x running
4. Beer 1x/week max, red wine 3x/week max
5. Minimize sugar and cheese
6. Record what I'm eating (will probably just write this in a journal unless I decide I really need to track cals).
7. Plan meals each week, and do any necessary pre-cooking on Sunday to make sure I don't veer too far off track during the week
Hopefully this will get me back on track, and I'll find out that a few of these pounds were just bloat/water weight. We'll see!