Thursday, January 03, 2013
Hi all, long time, no blog. You can find me at www.adjustedreality.com/blog (warning, sometimes I have a sailor mouth). Just felt like checking in.
2012 was awesome! I conquered my 3 big race goals - finishing a century bike ride (Rosedale Ride and Red Poppy Ride in March/April), a half ironman (Kerrville, September), and a marathon (Rock and Roll San Antonio, November). We did 24 races in 12 months, ending the last 2 on the same day (a 5k race in the morning and another in the evening). And then, I spent a lot of November and December recovering and sitting on my couch and playing video games and hanging with friends and drinking alcohol and eating reasonable portions but what I wanted, and it was WONDERFUL and exactly what my soul needed.
However, now it's time to get back to work.
In January, my main goals are:
1, To resume training - 1.5 hours of swimming per week, 1.75 hours of biking per week, 1.75 hours of running per week, and 1.5 hours of weights. 330 minutes per week, no more, no less.
2. To eat mostly veggies and fruit. I'm doing my best to eat a mostly plant based diet, with small amounts of quality carbs, lean meat, good oils, lowfat dairy, and nuts. But mostly plants. Trying for about 1500 calories most days. With training, this should constitute a reasonable but significant deficit.
3. Zero tolerance on: cigarettes (yeah, still have one every once in a while while drinking), sugar (no sweets this month).
My first official weigh in for this month is Monday, and I am hoping to get back to 175 from wherever I'm at then... :) If I can get a good consistent January on, hopefully this can be the start of an awesome year!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Quick touch base on my goals and progress lately:
-Ever since I hit my low weight of 150 three years ago I've steadily gained. It's not all been bad, I have much more muscles than I did back then, but I definitely have gained a little not-muscle weight as well. I started the year at 178, and have been hovering around that (178-180) all year. Well, finally, something clicked and I got down to 175.8 this challenge (I may not be there right NOW as I just got back from vacation yesterday, but will be there soon). If I can keep this trend going, albeit at a snails pace, I'll be very happy to end a year weighing less than I did going in (since 2009).
-I've been able to do this without really tracking or being obnoxious about watching my food, but just listening to what my body wants and finding the healthiest thing I can to satisfy it.
-Also, 12-13 hours of training some weeks can't be hurting, but I really don't have a problem eating my calories back. I ordered some healthy japanese takeout to which the lady commented "that should last you for a day and a half" - heh, try lunch.
-My three big race goals this year were to tackle three new distances -
1. A metric century bike ride (62 miles), which I did in March and April
2. A half ironman triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run), which I have in less than six weeks (eek).
3. A marathon (26.2 mile run), which I am signed up for in 12 weeks (double eek).
So far, so good! The last one is going to be the toughest for me, even though the half ironman will technically take longer and has been more training, it being three different sports helps me break it up, rather than just hours and hours of RUNNNING.
The last six weeks of the year I'm taking off. No structured training. Just back down to my base 2.5 hours per week of cardio and 2.5 hours of weights. Also, that will start me really watching what goes in my mouth and getting back to reasonable portions because I could really do some damage during the holiday season with limited workouts and most of this year I've been able to eat whatever I want.
This fall it will be all about putting mass quantities of good food to fuel the rest of my race season, and then getting some rest and relaxation.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
As we're starting the 10 week winter challenge, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to myself. ;)
We haven't had much luck with the weight loss lately, have we? Sadly, the more proficient I'm getting at racing, the more I'm also becoming unhappy with pictures, and the mirror. It's time to face facts that I'm getting close to the point where weight is going to start negatively impacting what I can accomplish. They say that 20-25 lbs can add 1 minute per mile on running times - I would be running so much faster if I could take off what I want!
However, it's hard to do that. For some, the immediate satisfaction is the cookie, the beer, skipping workouts, that sort of unhealthy behavior. I may occasionally indulge in a cookie, and I may have a few too many drinks every once in a while, but racing is really my guilty, feel good, immediate pleasure. It's so much fun to toe the starting line as often as possible, and now that my husband does it with me, we've done almost a race every 2 weeks on average this year.
The problem is - if I'm caught up in that training, it's hard to let my body recover the way it needs (and not to mention my mind), and to really focus on the healthy eating I need to do. And even if you're feeling good and riding the adrenaline high, you eventually crash. My last few runs before I decided to take a break were just DISASTROUS. I rarely can go a few days without workouts before I go crazy, and I've been eager to relax for almost 2 weeks now.
Self in 10 weeks, you're either about to do your first marathon on Feb 19th, or you've decided to cast that aside to work on weight loss and recovery. Know that if you're not running it, don't feel as if it's a failure. There is no need to drag yourself through your first marathon exhausted, tired, injured, and not feeling it. It should be an amazing, exciting experience. And remember that this was just something to keep you amused during off season for tri.
I know you're thinking that if you don't do this, how are you going to do an ironman someday? Self - if you want to, you will. This may just not be the year. There is no shame in doing 4 half marathons this winter instead of 3 and a full, or even skipping the last one entirely. If you need the time to mentally and physically recover, it's ok.
However, losing weight is non-negotiable. You know that's a step you need to take before you really start pushing the distances (you just hoped that you could do it while you train - it may just not work that way). You're currently working with a nutritionist (albeit, she is just as stumped as you) and have a plan. One grain per day. 1600 calories per day. Considering how hard it was to follow the first week, it should definitely work. Your goal is to end the challenge in the 160s. That should be about .5 lbs per week if it's steady.
Good luck, you can do it!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
I haven't been around much lately, but I happened to log on today and found I joined spark 4 years ago to the day. What a ride. What a long strange trip it's been...
Losing the weight. I was one of those lucky people who steadily lost from the 240's to the 170s (don't hate, I haven't been so lucky since then :D). I was finding out how to make fitness fun (for me - it's all about goals and plans more than the type of fitness I'm doing). I was establishing a repertoire of good healthy food choices (both restaurant/take out and home cooking) that were the backbone of my loss. I spent a lot of time figuring out in my head why I got fat and what it meant to me to be normal size again. My weight went down this year from 240s to 170s.
Becoming a runner. Once I had established that I liked running and set goals to get better at it (faster runs, longer runs), I toyed with the idea of doing a race (who me? A year ago I couldn't run down the block, they'll all laugh at me). I signed up for a 5k and I blew my projected time out of the water and I was hooked! Then, a 10k, same result. Then, I saw a magazine article about training for a half marathon and went for it. I had a big lull after finishing this race and spent the summer doing other stuff (like FINALLY getting married and accomplishing my goal of looking hot as a bride - my guy had been trying to get me to tie the knot forever but I didn't want to do it until, among other things, I would have wedding pics I'd be proud, not ashamed of....), but picked running up again in the fall. My weight went down this year from 170s to 150s.
Maintain + Changes. This year I started training for another half but my goal was to kick my previous time in the butt (I was training for a sub-2 hour half). Unfortunately, I got sick, but my training helped me to finish even though I was coughing up lung butter and way doped up. My thought after this was to increase distance slowly and complete a marathon in the fall but a few things happened: 1. I got promoted at work and ended up working a little more and was a LOT more mentally drained at the end of the day. 2. I had a horrible post-half run attempting to do 14 and just never got back up in distance again. 3. I got talked out of it because I would have to train over the summer (which for Texas, is miserable). So instead, I set my sights on traithlons. No worries, I used to be a swimmer, I had a cheapo bike, and I could definitely run, so what could go wrong? My weight went up this year from 150s to 160s.
Year of the Triathlete. Going from a sport I was pretty decent at (middle of the pack runner) to adding the biking and swimming which I actually started as pretty TERRIBLE at was humbling. But also, motivating. My first triathlon, I had one of the worst bike times on the course, and breast stroke/doggie paddled the whole way on the swim (so near the bottom as well). I did a full course a month and a half later, and I was one of the last people through the finish line at over 4 hours. I almost got picked up by the SAG wagon. I spent the off season getting BETTER (as well as randomly going out an PR'ing a half marathon on 3 weeks training), and the last two tris I completed I was in the top half of my division. My weight went up this year from 160s to 170s, and as such, I hired a nutritionist to help me battle this, and we're currently working towards a method to sustain my activity and help me shed the 20 or so lbs I'd like to lose. I've yet to see much on the scale, but I absolutely have seen results in my energy and the way my clothing is fitting.
Health/Fitness Goals for year 5:
-complete a marathon
-complete another full triathlon (Olympic distance)
-get down to a healthy, comfortable weight (150s?)
-run with my husband to complete his first half marathon
-continue to improve my swim/bike/run paces.
I can tell you for sure when I signed up here on spark, I never thought I'd be where I am now! Cheers to another great year (and I"ll try to post more...it's been a while)!
Monday, November 29, 2010
It's been a while, and I haven't been very sparky lately - just popping in once a week to check in on my Sapphire sisters. But I'm back! I've done 11 races this year, and in the last 3 months I've done 2 triathlons, 1 half marathon, 1 5k, 1 mud run, and 1 5 miler. It's been an awesome ride, and I'm super proud of setting a personal best (2:08:08) of over 8 minutes in my half marathon 2 weeks ago, and being able to finish the 4+ hours of olympic triathlon last month.
Now, it's time for a new challenge. Operation: lose the racing weight.
You see, it's very hard if not impossible for me to lose weight while training. Even if it's not really noticeable in daily life and regular workouts, when you're pushing yourself to the max - any calorie deficit is really noticeable. I made the decision to stop trying to lose weight as soon as I got hot and heavy in tri training and decided to pick it up again after my races for the year are done. I'm there now, and it's time.
1. Back to calorie tracking and staying within my spark range.
2. Back to daily weighing for the time being. Might go to weekly later, but daily for a while.
3. Toning down my workouts to include no more than 2.5 hours of cardio per week (not including yoga) and adding in at least 2 hours of weights.
4. Getting in my water (been bad about that lately).
5. No sweets and alcohol on the same day.
My goal is to lose 12 lbs by my birthday. I've got 12 weeks until then, so that's 1 lb per week. That won't get me quite as far as I'd like to go but will be well on my way. The holidays aren't usually that hard for me as long as I track, so I'm feeling pretty confident! I just have to think of it this way - within the last 3 months, I completed 2 tris and 1 half marathon, along with all the training. This is easy! I just have to take this as seriously as I did that training.
I'll take my first official weight Wednesday morning (this morning was ugly!!!), just in time to start the Sapphire Winter Challenge. Wish me luck!
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