Tuesday, July 06, 2010
As of this past Saturday evening I have now paddled 19 different rivers/creeks.
The most recent were the Hudson river
and the Sacandaga
...both of which are fed by scheduled dam releases, which are very convenient!
Not sure what will be #20, or even when; I have a friend coming to visit and will be doing a triathlon with her this coming weekend and traveling with her the following weekend. So I'll be out of the boat(s) for a while. I may even end up with kayaking withdrawal... LOL
Friday, June 25, 2010
This was originally written as a response to one of GEE-KNEE's blog posts
But I've thought about it since I wrote it, and finally decided it deserved its own post status.
I've been less than thrilled about my 15 or so lb gain from my lowest weight in March.
A few days ago I revisited a video of myself in a pool session, practicing a kayak roll at the end of February.
And I thought about how I was lighter back then, with a lower % body fat. And I watched that feeble roll and realized something.
If I could have all this weight and fat back off to where I was in that video but have to trade my kayaking skills, I wouldn't do it. Because I love kayaking, and there's no way I'd be running the rivers I'm doing now without the skills I've gained since that movie was shot.
And then yesterday I had another epiphany. There's no reason that has to be a choice. Summer just started. Kayaking continues comfortably through September. I know how to lose 15 lbs, and I know how to lose the last 5 after that.
I can have BOTH my kayaking skills, AND the body I want. So I'm gonna. Because the only thing stopping me is ME.
And here's an even cooler deadline. Why not see if I can get my physicsdiet.com weighted moving average back down to a healthy BMI (under 160) by the one year anniversary of when I first set foot in a whitewater boat? July 25.
Here's me last weekend, running a class III+ rapid ( "Garberator") on the Ottawa river in Canada
What a difference, eh? More photos here
Why NOT celebrate by giving myself back the body I want, AND have the skills to go with it?!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
TIREDOFWORKING posted pictures of his workout room at home.
DANSTOUT did too.
MRPLATSON posted one also.
So did ELYMWX.
Here's the bowflex I started with. You can see the elliptical in the background against the wall. The Nordic Track on the left has since gone to CARRIE1948. I have a resistance stand I can put my bike on that isn't visible.
That's one of my trainers at the bottom right, with his headlights lit. He likes to jump on me and add about 12 lbs to my crunches, pushups, etc. The plastic on the wall mirrors has since been removed so they're reflective now. There are speakers on the wall from which I stream Pandora. Loud. Usually a mix of the Lady Gaga channel and a variety of hip-hop.
Here's the olympic cage that I use for most of my lifting these days:
The furnace ductwork behind the cage is conveniently magnetic, so I can stick reference charts, records, etc. on there.
I also have free weights (5, 8, 10, and 15 lbs) and ankle / wrist weights (2.5 & 5 lbs). I use them in combination to get the right amount of weight for whatever it is I'm doing. There is also a stability ball down there.
The floor is covered with a couple of free rugs my neighbors were getting rid of when they moved.
Monday, June 14, 2010
My weight graph on physicsdiet.com has been showing an alarming trend that I've been trying to change this past week:
While the major oscillations have stopped climbing as badly, I'm still not really managing to get the weight back down to where I want it.
So, here I am, almost 15 lbs up from my minimum, struggling to hold the line.
But I'm struggling. I'm still not giving up. I'm going to keep trying things until I figure out how to make it work.
Because I am NOT going back there for a third time.
Here is what has changed since the beginning of April:
1) Less structured exercise schedule
I'm doing different kinds of exercise (whitewater kayaking, windsurfing, etc). These are the sorts of activities I lost the weight in order to be able to do. It is important to note that in general my weekly calorie burn is similar to what it was before (about 2000-3000 calories per week according to the HR monitor), just distributed differently.
I used to have a routine locked in, that involved fitness classes 4x/week, plus a session with a personal trainer. Because of summer break at a local college, these options are more limited. And my personal trainer can only meet on one of the days that I used to do a fitness class.
More of my cardio training depends on self-discipline and internal motivation. At the moment I'm working on my open water swimming which is convenient because I can walk from my house down to the lake, swim 0.8 miles to the nearby state park, and walk home. Same deal for the road cycling that I do from my house. It's also inconvenient, because if I'm tired, or the weather is icky I find it hard to push myself to do it.
I'm kayaking more frequently. This requires more flexibility in my schedule because I have to go when the rivers are running, and that has depended largely on weather conditions such as rain, etc. Now that we're heading into summer it'll depend more on dam releases (which are scheduled usually for raft trips). Local creeks will still depend on rain.
Not only are my cardio routines disrupted, but ever since the tendonitis I've gotten out of my 3x/week strength training schedule, and my eyes, clothes, and scale body fat monitor have noticed. This is not a good thing. Part of my frustration is that my iPod somehow got reset and I lost my old workout with all of my lifting data. So I'm having to start all over from scratch with whatever new baseline I'm at, and that makes me unhappy, because I enjoyed looking at my progress over the past months.
2) Sloppy food tracking, and not planning
I should point out here that monitoring my body fat % and weight every day has continued consistently. In my personal case it's the food planning, then the tracking that goes first. Based on previous experience if I continued down this path the weight tracking would eventually become sloppy too.
A lot of people emphasize the use of the nutrition tracker for keeping on top of fitness. Yes, the tracker is important. Yes, you need to log everything you eat, if you're going to get the maximum benefit out of it.
However, the other part of the benefit to the tracker is using it to PLAN EATING AHEAD OF TIME. This part is not emphasized as much, perhaps because it's implied, or perhaps it's because other people don't need to do it.
But I clearly need to do it. Because I just do not know when to stop eating. I used pre-planning to my advantage when I lost the weight, and I'm obviously going to have to use it to keep the weight off.
So be it.
My schedule is more erratic now. More camping and being out and about, doing active things like kayaking. Which means eating a salad while out there is a lot more difficult (although I actually did manage it two weekends ago).
I've tried all kinds of things, like bringing my scale & logging, packing each day's food in a big labeled ziploc, etc. I have problems with these systems because I'm tired, burning a lot of calories, and tempted by the food my companions bring and offer to share. In such a situation I tend to make bad decisions, eat more than I need, and eat the wrong things.
Several trips I've brought back my little ziploc bags with my pre-weighed water-based whey shakes, unconsumed, while I indulged in eggs, or even worse (mini chocolate bars, muffins, etc.)
I'm not sure how I'm going to manage to hold the line on this one without enlisting the aid of my companions - tell them not to feed the bears, no matter how prettily the bears beg. Have them tell the bears to eat what is in the pre-allocated ziploc feedbag, that other food is off-limits. Because my own willpower is obviously insufficient for these circumstances.
If I can't manage to hold the line, I might have to stop going outside and having fun, and I really don't want to do that.
3) Uninhibited night eating.
OK, this one is really the Kiss of Death. I cannot watch television. So I don't have cable. So what do I do? I get into the habit of watching stuff on Hulu at night before going to sleep. Which is definitely TV, despite the differently shaped device (laptop not TV) and location (bedroom, not couch).
TV makes me want to eat. It always has. My family always ate dinner in the room off the kitchen which also had the TV in it. When I was little my mom and I would eat lunch while watching game shows.
TV is an evil, evil food trigger for me.
I need to banish the laptop to the home office, and make it off-limits in the bedroom.
I also need to watch the urge to eat while reading, because that's there, too. It basically happens when I'm watching or reading and my attention wanders due to a brief boredom, and bam! There I am, magically standing in front of the fridge, with the door open.
Any media need to be abandoned when the urge to eat strikes. Period.
4) Prepackaging foods and reducing temptation.
Actually, I've pretty well cleaned out my fridge over the past few weeks (abundant evidence on the weight chart above.)
The difference is that I'm not buying new stuff. I spend most of my waking hours at work. I tend to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner there. When I was on my best losing trend last year I wasn't eating at home at all, except on the weekends. To make this work there need to be only staples available. Things that take time to prepare. Leftovers kill me, unless they're frozen.
I have recently bought dried fruit (bananas with no other things added, papayas and mangoes ditto, freeze-dried pineapples, apples, and strawberries, etc.) These are convenient for bringing camping or with me kayaking because they don't take up much space, weigh almost nothing, and keep indefinitely so I just leave 'em in my kayaking food bag.
The problem is that I haven't had a clue how to track them because they weren't in the Lean Me database, and most of 'em came in bulk from a local health food store.
So today I looked them all up online and put them into Lean Me, and packaged them up into single servings in ziploc snack bags, with the grams written on the bag. Now when I plan an outing it will be much easier to toss the appropriate amount of these items into the bag, bring that and no more.
This way I at least will be slowed down with the uninhibited eating, and the tracking will be much easier.
So, I'm going to work on these things this week. I want to turn this trend around.
I hope to kayak in Canada this weekend on the Ottawa river and I need to make this work, somehow.
I don't like how my wetsuits are snug at this size. I feel weak and sluggish. I can see the definition fading in my arms and legs.
I'm going to hold the line.
And then I'm going to push it back down to where I want it to be. Where I'm comfortable. Which means at the very least UNDER 160. Where my BMI is "normal." And things fit. And I feel strong.
Update: As per Bill's suggestion, I started a thread over at the HITsquad:
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