triathlon – The Shrinking Jeans of Thea


August 4, 2010 By thea

O.K. So I’m a little late to the game.


That’s par for the course, people.

Anyway. I have goals, oh yes I do! I love a good goal. Don’t you feel like you are kind of wandering aimlessly without a goal. It’s like shopping without a grocery list, and we all know that THAT never ends of well, right?

For the next 31 30 28 days, here are my goals…

  • Miss no more than 4 training sessions over the next 30 days.
  • I am going out of town next week and then we have visitors the week after that so I am going to need some REAL motivation to keep going on my training.

  • Only snack on foods with 5 ingredients or less.
  • I’m a sucker for a good snack. But I don’t snack enough on simple stuff. So I’m going to limit my snacks to fruits, vegetables, or minimally processed foods. The one exception to this will be the fig newtons I eat during long bike rides and bike/run workouts.

  • Be in bed for 7 hours a night.
  • Pretty self-explanatory. The kids aren’t the only ones who need to start practicing getting up early for school. : )

As always, I my ongoing goal is to stay in my magic weight range of 153-157. My weight last week was 159, but I had a triathlon plus two birthdays so you’ll have that.

This morning I weighed in at 157. Back in range, woohoo!!

Wanna follow along? I have a goal tracking spreadsheet, dontcha know?

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.

June 16, 2010 By thea

Last week was not pretty.  I stepped on the scale and there was a SIX in the number. A STINKIN’ SIX! Ugh. I took a deep breath and hoped knew it was a false gain because of those stupid ass hormones.

This week, I’m back down to 157. That puts me in range for 19/24 weeks.

I’m getting bored, though. I know this is going to sound like a sob story, but maintenance is tough. It’s like there’s nothing to work for. Your trying hard to stay the same. YIPPEE!!

So, I just need to get some mojo back. I’m not sure how. Hopefully it’ll come with the increased triathlon training. Hopefully.

May 26, 2010 By thea

I am so, so excited about this challenge, you know? This is going to take me right through my triathlon training and land me right before my birthday.

Nothing says good training and Happy Birthday like eating right, um…right?

My goal for this challenge remains the same.  I want to maintain my healthy weight range of 153-157.  Since I weighed in this morning right at 157, that means I’m off to a good start! That puts at 18 out of 21 weeks maintenance for 2010!

Woo to the Hoo!

I’m also looking forward to the mini challenge.  I like mini. I have a short attention sp…



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.

  1. Get my water back up to 96 oz. a day.  No exceptions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!