July 23, 2010 By thea
I can’t believe that it’s finally THE weekend. My first triathlon, people!
I’ve been training for 11(ish) weeks and I’ve learned a few things along the way. Will you indulge me while I share them with you?
And you know I love me a good quote, so that’s how I’m going to give you my tidbits.
Or I guess if it’s quotes it’s their tidbits.
Whatever. Here’s what I learned.
- Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin
I can talk all daggone day long about doing a workout, but unless I’ve actually done the workout, my words don’t mean much.
- Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. ~Alex Karras
Seriously, what I can do has more to do with what I THINK I can do then whether I’m actually physically capable of doing it.
- Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. ~Woody Allen
This one is so true. If I go to the gym, if I go to the pool, if I go walk outside and get my bike…I’M GOING TO EXERCISE. It’s not like I go to the gym and sit on the couch. If I take the first step, the rest will follow.
- Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. ~John Dewey
About 3/4 of the way through the training, I knew that I already needed a new goal to focus on for AFTER the triathlon. If I didn’t pick something before my first event was done, I knew I would flounder aimlessly for a while. My triathlon is Sunday and I start training for my 2nd triathlon the next day.
- Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right. ~Henry Ford
It’s amazing how much of exercising or sticking to a plan is mental. On the days where I grumbled about going out, I had sucky sessions. On the days where I felt good about going out, I enjoyed it a lot more and I did better. Talk nice to yourself. Pretty simple.
- Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb
I’m slow. I swim slow. I bike slow. I run/walk slow. But slow is better than stopped. Just keep moving, just keep moving, just keep moving.
April 21, 2010 By thea
Oh my goodness, I almost missed it!!
Based on the changes that I made this week as far as water and candy, I was VERY happy to step on the scale this morning and see a 2.2 pound LOSS!! Yippee!!
After my little hiccup, today’s weight of 156.2 puts me at 14 weeks of keeping my weight between 153 and 157.
Let’s just pretend that I didn’t actually make any goals for this challenge, k? I didn’t do so well with tracking my goals this time around.
In fairly unrelated news, I’m going to buy a bike soon. I haven’t owned my own bike since I was in high school…5 years ago.
April 14, 2010 By thea
The good news: I maintained this week!
The bad news: I gained two pounds last week, LOL!
So, my little maintenance streak ended last week, but I wasn’t too torn up about it. I have no illusions that I am going to make it all year without a gain here or there. I figured my body was just taking a break and it was a false gain.
But when I stepped on the scale this week and it was exactly the same (158.4), I knew something was up.
The weird part is that I don’t FEEL like I’ve gone off the wagon. I’m not totally gorging myself on food. My workouts have scaled way back but I’m still doing a little something. But something has changed.
What I feel is bloated. My water is consumption is down. I’m only getting about 64 oz a day instead of my usual 96 oz. I’m not sure why I’m drinking less. I’ll have to keep an eye on that.
And as much as I don’t like running, that was when I was maintaining my weight so I have to take that into consideration.
So, here’s the new plan.
- Get my water back up to 96 oz. a day. No exceptions.
- As much as I like the Wii, it’s just not enough to be my main source of movement. I can use it for rainy days and quick fun movement. But I need hardcore cardio, I think. That means back to running and biking. And I’m still toying with the idea of boxing, but I ‘m not sure I can fit that in if I am going to do a tri program. I’m really all over the board with the exercise.
- I can’t have “treats” 3 times a day. If I have a cookie after school with the kids, I can’t have ice cream after dinner, too. I may have to break up with sugar, but I really, REALLY don’t want to. Really don’t want to.
I’m going to start there. Hopefully, I’ll see a downward trend next week!