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I'M NOT SERIOUS, RIGHT?? off season blues..

Sunday, January 16, 2011

i have been dancing for the last 4 weeks with carbs and extra fats (ie: butter and sour cream, cream cheese)and guess what? with less training -- i have put on about 6 pounds.. real pounds.. it doesnt sound like much but i feel it and i see it.. so i wasnt too worried or freaked but this past week when i continued to be this weight and continued to eat bagels and cream cheese expecting different results i started to get a bit freaked out..i started my tri training about 2 weeks ago and have thought that the increased training might cancel this type of eating out.. but alas, i have been wrong..

this is my first full year of triathlon including what life is like in the off-season.. weight control is a big thing since the intense physical output hasnt been there.. so i had been fairly strategic in what has been going into my mouth.. i had taken up weight-training to keep up motivation and that has been an extra boost..

so i have these extra pounds.. i have become complacent with my nutritional input.. instead of homemade lentil soup (for instance) for lunch , i have been buying a bagel lacking everything nutritional... and skipping meals and eating too much later.. i started a second job that has been really good but has also been a challenge to my schedule and figuring out what i need to bring for the day..

so i am going back to the tried and true.. nutritional tracker here on SP, my wonderful oatmeal for breakfast, planning out my meals for lunch and dinner... lower (way lower) my fat content.. and watch the crappy carbs..

my greatest fear that i had not realised until today's run is that i gain back the weight i lost and i really had to laugh.. i have much more confidence than that.. i have wonderful people working with me and i have at least 8 triathlons on tap in addition to 5 and 10ks this season.. do i really think i am going to gain back the weight i lost?? that is just not being rational.. but overeating makes me feel like a unrational person lacking confidence soooo i will STOP doing it.. be the confident athlete i have come to know..
writing this has helped -- getting out of that emotional mind and back into my WISE MIND...i know what to do... i know how to succeed so that is what i will set out to do...
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PRESHA811 2/3/2011 7:00PM

    Kudos to you for talking yourself out of this!

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    Hang in there! I too lost MANY lbs. years ago, only to gain it back 5 years later. I thought I was "cured" of fatness! I know, ridiculous! THIS time, I know better as you do and will maintain with the help of SP and Exercise. Your athletic accomplishments are amazing and you should be confident and proud!

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KAYOTIC 1/18/2011 4:52PM

    You do know what to do, you know what worked before will work again! I went back to the tracker too, now I'm just tracking during the week, but started for a month tracking full time, to get back to the right mindset. It was hard in some ways, easy in others. Go for it! You have a great mindset to stick to the program, and not regain!

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NAVYMOM133 1/18/2011 10:15AM

    Jen, you are such a shining example of how to do this the right way. The nutrition tracker will NEVER steer you wrong, never. Oh, and those fears of 'gaining it all back'? That's the crappy food in your system making you feel not so hot, which immediately changes to the mental not feeling so hot. Good food makes us feel BETTER!!! Clean eating makes such a difference, when we go off-road it just ripples through everything. YUCK! it's always such a relief to be back to the good life!
YOU ROCK!! Here's to your full Tri season, as well as that bowl of steel-cut oats this morning!

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/17/2011 10:07PM

    Back at it, girl. Its all good. As you said, you know what to do. I personally think we need these breaks now and then to appreciate how far we've come and what we DON"T want to give up.

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SORGIN 1/17/2011 9:08AM

    I think you hit on the the secret success of the healthy lifestyle: JUST DO IT! You identified the issue and now you're going to do the work to fix it. You are the consistency queen so I have no doubt that you will deep-six the six. On a different note, I hope you can see all that you have accomplished. In three years you have gone from those first few tentative steps to a force to be reckoned with on the course and in the gym. You rock! So I love how you talked yourself off the "I am going to gain it all back!" edge. That's just not you. You are proof that this journey changes people - for the better. There may be blips but no more cliffs. On a final note, I need to learn to turn my own irrational thoughts about overeating into the more sane ones I have when I exercise. Thanks for the reminder!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 1/16/2011 11:16PM

    I know all too well how easy it is to live in denial, to think that after success with weight loss and athletics I can eat as I wish... alas, that's not true. You may have gained some muscle weight from all your ST, but you know that garbage in, garbage on the scale (to paraphrase!).

Still, with your renewed commitment to tracking and planning and your insane upcoming race schedule (HOW many tris??? Holy Cow!) you'll drop those 6 lbs. and probably more. You aren't in denial now, you're in tune and focused!
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DDOORN 1/16/2011 10:51PM

    Nothing beats the tracker!

Good for YOU!


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INTHELOOP 1/16/2011 7:49PM

    Keep up the great work ~ looks like you redirected yourself right in the middle of this blog!!

Best of luck to you!!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 1/16/2011 7:41PM

    You are really an incredible inspiration. I can only imagine what it's like to have to balance nutrition during training for a triathlon and then needing to readjust during the off season. I'm betting that at your level of fitness you'll nix that 6 pounds in no time flat.

I love the nutrition tracker. I finally, after fighting tooth and nail, started using it. What a great tool it is.

Best to you!

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