I’ve been pretty happy with my weight and how I look for the last few months, as I’ve lost a little weight in the last few years and feel better in my clothes. But, I saw a picture from Top Gun Triathlon in July and wasn’t happy with what I saw.
I’m definitely not totally unhappy, but I know I could be a little smaller and like that better.
Then, I started hearing mentioned over and over again the pretty significant amount that losing body fat helps your running times without increasing training effort. I’ve heart multiple numbers from a few sources, so I don’t want to publish the wrong information here. But, suffice it to say that it was a motivator for me as well.
And as though a picture and some running times weren’t enough, I was reading through the Ironman Chattanooga Facebook page about the different triathlon bikes people ride. I saw mentioned to someone that it’s more productive to work on the physique and body makeup of the motor. And the next person came right out and said that if we have a little weight to lose, that would make a noticeable difference even more so than upgrading the bike.
Now I had three things pushing me in the direction of losing weight. And to be honest, I’m not completely convinced that losing some weight wouldn’t also help me stay more injury free. I can imagine that if anyone threw on a 10 to 15 pound weight vest and ran it would have an effect on their muscles and joints.
So I’ve decided, for the first time in at least a year (maybe more) to get back in the weight loss game. At first I wanted to find some magic plan made for endurance athletes. I googled “losing weight for endurance athletes”, and a lot was mentioned about the fact that it could be possible that I’m just eating more than I realized. I though to myself that it was possible but not probable and before I started really pushing anything and trying to find a diet I would instead track my calories.
…I messed up Monday and forgot. But today I was successful! And guess what? It’s true. I do eat a lot more than I realized. I’m sure that’s not surprising, as I guess we all do it. I’m hoping I can notice this trend for a week and cut the overeating out and start to see a difference. Then, judging by what this week brings (with the goal of eating 1200 calories per day + all the calories I burn to make sure my body is getting enough fuel), I can make some modifications.
The one change I’ve made besides eating the 1200 + calories burned is that I’m going to cut out dairy aside from skim milk in my coffee. I’m not sure why but for some reason that’s the thing that has been on my mind lately as a method to try. I’m taking calcium supplements and eating a more natural and whole food diet, so I’m interested to see also what this dairy reduction does for me (if anything).
I started yesterday morning weighing 152. I’d like to ideally get down to 137 and see a 15 pound drop. It’d be great to do it by the end of the year, but I’d really just like to see at least one pound gone per week. Because I have hypothyroidism it’s sometimes hard to lose the weight, but it’s not impossible and it’s not a good excuse, so I won’t let it be one. I’m not intending to check in here weekly with updates, but I’ll probably mention it here and there to help hold myself accountable. After all, I’m not doing some drastic diet here. I’m just writing down what I eat. It shouldn’t be that hard, and it should make me a lot more aware.
I definitely look and feel a lot better than I did two years ago, but this isn’t just about looks. This is also about the extra weight that will make me faster, stronger, and healthier.
Do you notice a difference in speed and effort when you lose weight? Any guesses on the range?
What’s your biggest motivator when you decide to lose weight?