Diet Exercise Balance
Sunday, February 16, 2014
So my weight problem as an adult has been more related to too much food, rather than not enough activity. Several years ago, I became a triathlete, a fat triathlete. I have completed countless triathlons and running events, even a marathon, as a fat woman. I really enjoy running and completing in triathlon events, but, as I don't see myself winning events anyway, I haven't been extremely motivated to lose weight. Oh, I would half-ass it sometimes, but it just always seemed like I should be able to eat anything I want after running 10 miles.
Cliche as it is, I made weight my priority for my New Year's resolution this year. On vacation for the holidays, I read a book about diet motivation and it worked. I don't know whether it was really the book, or just the right time in my life, but my motivation has never been higher.
At first, I just focused on tracking. I didn't workout much at all for the month of January. Then, around the end of January, my tri club started back up and I started adding in workouts. Right now I am up to about 4 workouts per week, including a run today that was 8.5 miles. Yay! The dilemma now relates to limited time. With a full-time job, two small children, training, and Spark People, it is sometimes difficult to find time for everything.
I read on someone else's page once that treating weight loss like a job improves success, i.e., tracking, motivation, etc., require that one consciously devote time to them as well. They don't just magically happen. I bet I spend at least an hour per day, if not more, on Spark People. I usually start the daily visualization and bit of tracking first thing in the morning. At night, I finish the rest of the program, read articles, and read my daily food report. With everything else in my life, it can be difficult to find time to work on Spark People for an hour+ and find another hour+ for a workout.
So, this is the balance that I strive for: enough time to complete the Spark Coach program every day and enough training time to prepare for the half-marathon and 65-mile bike ride that I have planned in April.
Hope springs eternal!