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9/19/13 10:47 P

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Thank you, OK2TRY... my original goal was to do a tri this year, until I realized just how much work it takes to actually put an event together! Our company hosted a total of 11 triathlons, 5 beginner work shops, 1 obstacle/adventure race, 1 canoe, 5k, canoe, 3 mini marathons and 10 fun runs/trail runs this year. It was crazy, but I loved every minute of it.
I work with three Ironman finishers, and they are crazy supportive of my efforts. The training is not the problem at all. You are right, it IS the eating part of it. Like you said, it's easy to think you are working out enough to justify the extra calories, when you really aren't. Right now, I'm eating 1400-1500, as that is what my BMR currently is. With the 30 pounds I'd like to lose, I'm going to stay in that range, and hope that I see some progress as I train.

My MAIN problem is as you said... motivation and focus!

Holly

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9/16/13 6:50 A

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I forgot to mention...when I first started to do triathlon, I gained 5 lbs a year for the first 3 years. I believe I felt I could eat anything I wanted because I was working out so much more. I only lost that weight, and more, when I started to use Sparkpeople to track my food and exercise.
The off-season is the ideal time to lose the weight, because you have to be careful about short-changing yourself when you are actually racing. Don't think it will come off by exercise alone.
So NOW IS THE TIME to prepare yourself for next season.
Good luck! I wish you well.

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9/15/13 10:15 P

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9/15/13 5:06 P

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My suggestion: get back in touch with your motivation. Be afraid: if you do not continuously make a different choice, you are headed for your old weight. Maybe you've forgotten what that feels like? Get 40-lb bag of dog food and a baby sling. Carry the dog food around in the sling for as long as you can stand it. THAT is what you once felt like all day every day!
You didn't mention your age. I am 66 years old. My peers can be divided into 3 groups: those who are obese, with replacements of the hips and/or knees, many diabetic or pre-diabetic, who cannot walk around a store without suffering; those who do some walking or golfing maybe, who are somewhat overweight but can at least still walk around without pain or heavy breathing; and those small number who have committed to remaining really fit until they die. I will tell you that life with the third choice is more fun! But you have to forget the excuses and do the work now.

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9/15/13 10:26 A

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That's awesome! So glad you made the commitment to get on board and try again. I have a feeling that many of us have been on that train a time or two... It's all about getting back up and trying again.

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9/15/13 10:07 A

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Here we go again --

My name is Holly, and yep, starting again. When I first found Sparkpeople, I weighed 238. Through great community and online friends, I got down to 160 pounds (10 pounds from my goal weight!!). That was 5 years ago. Then, as things go, I fell off and over the course of time, I've gained 20 back. Several false starts, and nothing has changed. This year, I began a part time job with a multi-sport company, thinking that it would inspire and encourage me to get back on it. You would think that I would be in the best shape of my life, but I learned that it is a lot like my full time job as a librarian... you love it, but rarely have the time to do it for yourself... and as a result, have gained 10 more (I don't feel too bad about the last 10, as most everyone in the sport company gained over the summer as well).
So triathlon season is winding down for Indiana (our company has one more event), and I'm DETERMINED to get into shape and actually DO one next year, and hopefully lose 40 pounds in the process. I just need to focus! I sit here thinking "come on, Holly, you know how to do this, you've done it before", but having a group or someone to nudge me in the right direction would certainly help!!

Holly

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