Swimmer arms, cyclist legs, runner core: hidden
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The "you can train for a triathlon in 8 weeks" article promised these outcomes: the shoulders of a swimmer, the legs of a cyclist, the lean core of a runner. With 3 weeks to go, I have more muscle definition, so I see hints of the promise. Too bad it's still buried under 50 extra pounds of weight:)
Training has blasted me out of my comfort zone, big time. I am actually jogging days a week, miles at a time. I told myself I'd be OK with walk/jog intervals for the tri. Now my expectation is to jog the 3.1 miles (after 12 miles on the bike, after 400 yards swimming). I'm even hoping to increase my speed a little over the next few weeks. The inclines that seemed daunting on my bike, now churn past. I can even imagine doing hill repeats to boost my cycling endurance. Figuring out this new self perception has also brought on emotional eating issues. Somebody blogged about the emotional war being the toughest battle of weight loss; I agree. While I'm working harder than I could imagine, I'm also shoveling in more calories, about 150 calories past the upper limit of my range most days. If I'm working so hard at exercise, why am I not controlling my eating better? Kids and I are home for summer, which is stressful trying to merge routines and personalities. Birthdays and other family celebrations with treats in the house. I know how to ignore treats, I've done it before. And yet the birthday cookies end up in my mouth. I know how to blog and journal off stress, and I've definitely got the exercise to beat stress thing covered. Trying my best to ignore the stubbornly not-moving scale. Trying my best to celebrate the changes in my body. I'm tracking my nutrition, drinking water, getting in the fruits and veggies every day. Clinging to the "just keep going" themes of so many helpful blogs here on SP. And dreaming of waking up, stepping on the scale and seeing significant loss of pounds(meaning 2 or even 3), fitting in smaller size clothes. Patience, patience, patience.