ADITLOM 3: Attention to Diet isn't JUST about Losing Weight

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I completed my third triathlon this weekend. It was the same course as the one I did in June, and I managed to shave two minutes off my time. My "reach" goal was to complete the course in under two hours. Instead I finished in 2:02:22, 2:04 faster than June's time. I'll take it, especially considering this time I was swimming with jelly worms. Lovely stuff, let me tell you!

I realized that the way I'm eating before, during, and after events is REALLY not working for me though. I'm definitely over-compensating for the calorie burn, and because the food I'm eating is a bit less clean than what I typically eat, I also experience tremendous water retention, seeing as much as an 8.5-pound gain around event time (most of which falls off quickly, but some of which hangs around a while). While the numbers on the scale are disturbing, it's really not about that. What's bothersome about it for me is how terrible I feel--full, bloated, and lethargic, and I can definitely feel the extra weight I'm carrying around in my training and performance. Not good.

This is one of those instances where I'm really guilty of dismissing my innate brain in favor of others' advice or suggestions. I know what my body wants and what it needs, and that's not what I'm giving it. It took a few days of feeling like hell emotionally and physically to get there, but I'm tuned in now. This pattern simply ain't workin'!

So I'm a few days into much cleaner eating, and I already feel better. I feel emotionally more steady, less foggy and unclear, more energized, less lethargic--all good things. Most importantly though, I feel connected to myself, that sense of peace that comes only from doing what you know in your heart is right for you. It took me a long time to recognize that feeling, but having recognized it makes it difficult to settle for ANYTHING less.

I have an event again this weekend, and I intend to tune in better to myself this time. I know how I want to treat my body before, during, and after the event. I know how I want to FUEL my body in this time--and I'm going to act in a way that honors that.

Today is projected to be about 95 degrees, and with the humidity the heat index is projected to be around 105-110. I won't be working out in the great outdoors today! Today I will be taking advantage of that gym membership and enjoying an air conditioned workout!

Love and light.
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    Yes, listen to your body. It gives the best advice! Good luck this weekend!
    2894 days ago
    JELLY WORMS? Something tells me this is not the same as delicious gummy worms, but something gross instead... ? I am with yo on having some overcompensation and also less clean food - I didn't go shopping last week so I was turning to what was available and a lot of it wasn't fresh whole foods, you know I need to go grocery shopping today!!!
    2894 days ago
    2895 days ago
    it is all about making our true selves happy, our inner self, our conscience. regardless of what the scale, or pictures, or other people say it takes being happy within our heart from giving life our all to make us content & whole. it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it! :D
    2896 days ago
    2896 days ago
    OMG - jelly worms? I'm not sure I even want to know what the heck that is!
    Be safe in the heat this weekend!
    2897 days ago
    I find your thoughts and words so very encouraging. I believe you are an admirable example of someone who is living and learning which is something I hope to achieve one day.

    Good luck at your event this weekend. I hope you enjoy yourself most of all and that you achieve any goals you may have set.

    Bless you,
    Elen xxx
    2897 days ago
    You are a perfect example of why it is called a journey. We learn so much along the way
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    2897 days ago
    Glad you are listening to your body again. We all seem to forget to do that at times.

    have fun at the gym today!!
    2897 days ago
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