Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The thing about accomplishing a big goal is that it's easy to go into "completion" mode afterward. And completion mode means that I've gained almost 10 pounds.
I know that it's mostly water retention, it being that time of month, but I am finding it a bit difficult to get back out of the "I'm working out 4 hours a day and can eat EVERYTHING" mode.
I have to get myself into a new mental state, one that is aimed at longterm, steady training. It's necessary not only for weightloss, but also to get the rest of my life back on an even keel. Lots of work stuff got set aside because I was putting in those really long hours of workouts.
It's easier to contemplate than to enact.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
According to Spark People, I have engaged in 801 minutes of exercise so far this month.
In reality, I have engaged in 1,619 minutes of exercise in August.
Because my time tends to be in distance events, I only get credit for the daily maximum of 2 hours. Now, some part of Spark People recognizes the time expenditure because I was awarded my 1,000 minutes trophy on the 4th, after a day when I rode 81 miles over 7+ hours. But as far as my SparkAmerica Fitness Minutes are concerned, I only got my 120 minutes for that day.
I know that in the greater scheme of things, the fact that I DID that exercise is far more important than SparkAmerica Fitness Minutes. But it's still a little irksome.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Today's plan was simple: get up and do abs and strength training, get laundry done, go to Party City with DD to pick up costume bits for the Super Hero Bike Ride tomorrow evening (just a fun ride, but costumes! and the way we'll do it, 30-40 miles of riding), then drive over to our best friends' house to pick up their sugar gliders, which we are pet-sitting for the two weeks they are on vacation. After that, come home, change into bike clothes, and bike to the farmer's market to buy produce. After that, get home in time to greet our out-of-town, weekend guest.
Well, we were starting our workout when the repair guy came to look at the treadmill. That took way longer than we expected, and though we got some chores done, suddenly it was afternoon. Then the costuming took three separate stops, partly because figuring out an effective costume that is also safe for biking is a bit of a chore. She's going as Cat Woman, I'm going as Mighty Mouse. Mouse ears are hard to find!
Then we drove across town to pick up the critters. Though they had promised to leave the door unlocked for us to get in, they forgot and locked up. So there was an hour of waiting until the friend with the spare key arrived. By this time the farmer's market was closed.
We got home and had just enough time for a short bike ride, only 9 miles. We have no produce in the house, but at least we got in most of the exercise we wanted for the day.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
There was a discussion in one of my forums during which someone said that people fail at mainenance because they stop eating right and exercising. I think it's unfair and too simplfied to say that people just stop trying. There are biological components going on that make maintenance extremely difficult, and all the weightloss research in the world hasn't found a way to circumvent those yet.
No one wants to get fat again. None of us who have yoyo-ed hundreds of pounds are happy with that. Losing weight causes measurable metabolic changes that our bodies resist and try to "correct." Staying lighter is staying at war with our biological makeups, and that constant vigilance gets exhausting.
If there was ever anyone who had a million-dollar-a-year motivation to stay thin, and access to all the resources for doing so, it was Kirstie Alley when she was Weight Watchers' spokeperson, and that wasn't enough motivation.
Oprah Winfrey could PAY people to slap food out of her hand, and that isn't enough motivation.
To expect Joe and Jane Average, who have the daily stresses of life to juggle and the occasional life crisis to meet, to be able to do better than these celebrities who can afford every advantage is unreasonable. And to BLAME Joe and Jane Average for failing at something that 90-95% of people fail at is to deny years of science and research and about as realistic as believing that leprechauns are the secret to weightloss.
I've read numerous studies that conclude that weightloss is simply ineffective, and is more likely to lead to longterm weight gain and worse health because of lost muscle mass in the weightloss attempt--and then end with a conclusion that people should keep trying anyway. If that research had been for a cancer drug and the conclusion was that in 90-95% of cases it had no effect and might actually make the patient worse, but we should go ahead and administer it anyway, the authors would be laughed out of the scientific community. But because it's fat, and because we cling to the belief that somehow willpower is enough--despite all the scientific evidence that it isn't--we just keep on blaming the patient and hoping for the best.
We are playing a lottery with very long odds. I am playing it right along with everyone else here on Spark People, even knowing those odds. I am not focusing on being thin. I will never be thin. I am focusing on being healthy, and on being able to move around and do lots of physical activity that I couldn't before. I am focusing on eating healthy foods, and paying attention to when I am full, and not denying myself good food so that I feel compelled to binge. Weightloss is coming with that, and I'm pleased about that. But I am also aware of the issues that surround it. I can't deny or ignore those.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
It sounds crazy, after a weekend in which I biked 125 miles, to say that I have to get myself rededicated to my journey. But in reality my weight has bounced up about 10 pounds because I was eating EVERYTHING in anticipation of this ride.
Now that the ride is over, and my whole life isn't focused around the bicycle, I have to sort of "detox" from the continual eating, and rebuild a more even workout schedule. Not that I'm not going to ride--I'm pledged to get in another 650 miles before the end of the year, and I'd rather not be doing them in the snow--but that I'm going to balance it out with weight training, walking, and ab work to get a more balanced me.
And get back to eating appropriate portions for burning 200-300 exercise calories a day, instead of 1,500-2,000. My eating has gotten really sloppy, as has my tracking. I have work to do in those arenas. And I will, because I am determined to end this year as healthy as possible.
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