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.