Waiting for the Longhorn Sprint to start, Oct. 07
My "before" pic--In 1996, I weighed 255+
With my GF at my brother's birthday party, Sept. 08 (I'm the one on the left!)
Shared Food & Fitness Trackers
In my training, a coach reminded us that even on the hardest hills,
if you look down and the ground below you is still moving--
you are making progress.
She was talking about cycling up a hill, but it applies to my life changes, too.
It's easy to forget that even when I am frustrated or feeling down on myself for "falling off the wagon,"
I have already made some colossal changes in my life.
I just need to refocus and look down to see the road rolling out beneath my feet.
My ultimate goal is balance,--in work, in life, in diet, and in fitness.
I have lost over 80 pounds and am working toward 15 more.
I have been triathlon training for almost three years now,
and I love it.
Suddenly, I can do things I would have scoffed at the idea of ten years ago --
I would have laughed and said, "I couldn't do THAT...
and why would I even want to?"
I am in better shape now than I was as a freshman in high school, over 20 years ago.
In the long run, I don't want to be included in those statistics of people who get healthy and can't sustain it.
I've changed my perspective about myself, and I am more realistic about what I do well and what I want to work on.
So, I'd like to reach and maintain a healthy weight between 160-170 and continue sustaining my fitness levels. I have struggled to sustain that, and my goal has been to reach 165 for a long time now. I would like to become more consistent and committed to enjoying food but not overdoing it, even in a "splurge" moment or a low-energy time. Once I can step back and see that consistency, then, I can think about how to lose that last 15-20 pounds.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
Nutrition: Maintain consistency throughout the week and weekend.
1. Maintain an average daily calorie count of 1600.
2. Simplify my diet -- more basic foods, fewer elaborate recipes (save those for the weekend!).
3. Include fruits and vegetables throughout my day.
Fitness Goals: Maintain consistency throughout the week and weekend
1. Work out at least five times each week
2. Add strength training into my regimen at least three times each week.
3. Extend my program beyond run/bike/swim.
In 2007, my big triathlon season goal was to finish a short course tri in under two hours, which I did on July 15, 2007.
Then I did it two more times, with my best time at 1:49:23.
Another goal last season was to complete an Olympic length tri, which I did on September 3, 2007, at the Austin Triathlon.
In the 2008 season, I did the CapTex Tri and the Austin Tri, and I P.R.'d in both!
The 2009 season was a little bit different. Due to an emotionally challenging (in a good way!) winter, I had to re-examine my goals. In the process, I realized that I had lost my focus, but worse, I had lost my joy in the training. So I decided to re-orient my training toward trying some new things, joining a new gym, and enjoying the experience and energy. My training goals are now oriented toward 2010 race goals, but the process starts now!
So for the 2010 season, here are my goals:
1. Complete a sprint-length triathlon, which I haven't done since summer, 2007;
2. Complete an olympic-length tri in under 3:20:00
(last best time Sept 08: 3:24:47!);
3. Complete a short course tri in under 1:45:00 (last best Oct 07 -- 1:49:23.
4. Be consistent in my nutrition, both for daily health and training;
5. Race cycling pace over 18.0mph (last best 17.9)
6. Race run pace under 12 min/mile (last best 12:11)
Overall, I want to maintain the health and fitness levels I have reached. But I want to do so by enjoying both eating and fitness.
1. Maintain an average daily calorie count of 1500.
2. Simplify my diet -- more whole foods, fewer complicated recipes, more fruits and vegetables.
1. Work out at least four times each week.
2. Complete the CapTex Tri Olympic Distance in May, 2010.
Recording my nutrition has always been key to weight loss for me, so that part of my program means recording my meals and snacks every day and staying within my daily calorie range (1300-1600).
My fitness program involves running, cycling, and swimming. I try to do each at least once a week; the swim is the biggest challenge.
Finally, I can't deny the benefits of sleep; 8 hours a night is my challenge.
My name is Rebecca and I live in Austin, TX. I am an administrator at a private high school.
My hobbies include cycling, triathlon, cooking, reading, scrapbooking, hiking, and travel.
"I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go."
- Langston Hughes
I tend to be an "all-or-nothing" perfectionist, but I am working on that as well.
Weekends! I do so well within the context of the weekday routine, but when the weekend hits, with up-in-the-air plans and opportunities for happy hour, parties, brunch, etc., crop up, it's easy to make excuses or justify splurging.
| current weight: 186.0