Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but here I go:
So, I'm starting over (again) today. My eating has gotten out of control and I am out of shape. All of this leads me to one conclusion: I need to recommit. My goal for this week is to track my food at least 4 times this week. I already recorded my food for today and I'm waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over my caloric RDA. C'est la vie. Or, as Scarlett O'Hara would say, tomorrow is another day. In my defense, I will say that most of my eating occurred early in the day, before my recommittment. In addition, I went for a 40-minute jog, so that should help offset the impact of overeating a little, right?
Here goes something!
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
This summer, I am working on addressing my all-or-noting addiction. I feel like my diet would be great if I could just stick to a plan, but my life is not average and so the average diet plan does not work. I have yet to find the no-meat, no-dairy, locavore-ish diet designed for an over-weight woman who cycles through periods of intense training (for marathons and triathlons) and periods of relative rest.
The dream of simply being told what to do unthinkingly is nearly dead and I've spent too long mourning its loss. It's time to move on.
To that end, I'm cultivating a combination of journaling and listening to my body. I find that I'm pretty good about journaling throughout the day, but tend to trail off in the evening. Dinners are rarely written down. So, I'm working on it. I'm making some time immediately following dinner to total up my nutrition for the day and discuss any areas for improvement for tomorrow's meals (usually, I need more protein).
Additionally, sometimes I need more that 1550 calories. For example, a 15-mile run burns about 1500 cal., so on those days, I listen to what my body tells me about my hunger and eat more than the daily recommendations.
It's not a perfect system, but I'm going to give it a couple of months and see how it works for me. I just signed up for a marathon in October and a half iron man triathlon in September, so hopefully I can balance a decrease in weight and an increase in endurance.
Friday, May 24, 2013
I am in the blush of a restart on my diet make-over. Monday I started following a modified version of the Spark Solution plan. I pre-ordered the book and was very excited to read it. I think getting the book, in and of itself, increased my motivation. However, I was a bit disappointed when I started reading because I have a limited diet for a variety of reasons. I don't eat meat or dairy, which put the kibosh on following the plan outright.
Undaunted, I decided to make my own modifications, so I read each day and decided that, let's be honest, I don't have time for that. However, rather then giving up, I decided to focus on the food side of the plan, specifically the nutritional recommendations. To be fair, these are no different than the recommendations on the website, but the book gave me meal ideas and reminded me to divide my nutrients up into multiple meals, rather than eating the bulk of the food at night.
So far, it's going well. I'm down a couple of pounds and the week is not yet over. I have high hopes for my next weigh-in.
Additionally, I plan to use my 3-day weekend to plan for next week. I'm going to try to revise the actual meals from the week one plan to fit into my diet. I will also incorporate the fitness and NEAT goals. However, I have to maintain wiggle-room. I'm training for some events and the fitness plan in the book is insufficient to prepare me for a half-iron triathlon.
I will try to check in again this time next week to see how the new goals work for me.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Today's blog entry is supposed to be about picturing my life in ten years. The interesting part of Coach Nicole's visualization exercise is that not much changes in my vision. However, I don't see this as stagnation. Rather, it's a moment to appreciate how fortunate I am that I am so happy with my life that only trivial details change. My career is fulfilling and I plan to maintain it. My family is wonderful and I will continue to nurture that. I already participate in runs and triathlons, which I plan to continue. The main aspect of my life that I would like to (am working to) change is my weight and eating habits. This week is my first week of trying the Spark Solution, so I'm hoping that the program will help me to change my eating habits, which is the main area of growth for me.
Food for thought...
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Today's daily visualization was, essentially, to picture yourself able to do a task that you can't currently complete and imagine how it will feel when you can. At first I struggled with this because I can do almost anything that I want, at some level. I am in the enviable position that my weight, health, fitness, etc., while needing work are good enough to allow me to do most activities. I may not be as strong and fast as I'd like, but I can do it. I also am fortunate, in that I have confidence in effective effort or 10,000 hours, or whatever you want to call it. That is, I know that I can improve. The more effort I expend, the more I improve. If I want to do better, I just have to try.
So, I thought of one specific physical task/quality that will vanish when I lose weight. That is my stomach getting in the way of exercise. I dislike the feeling of my thighs hitting my tummy when I drop down on the handlebars when I'm cycling. I dislike the feeling of running into my stomach when stretching and doing crunches. I am very much looking forward to those fealings escaping along with my excess weight.
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