Sunday, February 24, 2008

focusing on fitness

One thing that I enjoy about the BlogHer Ad network is the headlines, which point me to other health-related blogs that I might not normally read. I like this entry, entitled "What Do You Love About Your Body" from Roni's Weight Watchen Pages. It reminds us that our bodies aren't here just because they look pretty (although they do).

Ever since I visited the doctor and she said that she cared more about seeing me exercise more than lose the weight, I've been thinking back to my earlier success and realizing that it all started with training. I didn't lose the weight I had gained because I wanted to look good in a bikini. I wanted to kick ass. The photo here is from my very first triathlon, and it's still the happiest day of my entire life -- happier than the day I graduated with my Ph.D. Okay, maybe my wedding day was a tie, but the triathlon was all about pushing my limits and figuring out what my body could really do, and I've never felt more proud.

So far, switching my focus to training instead of weight loss has helped motivate me to work out more. Friday I went to the weight room and did a good all-over circuit training session that took about 30 minutes. Saturday I went to the pool and did 50 laps (1500 yards) and also did a lot of house cleaning and got a short walk in. Today I ran 20 minutes and plan to do some yoga before bed. Tomorrow it's back to the weight room.

The plan is to run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday and lift weights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Saturdays would be a swim. I also signed up for a Monday night Spinning class that starts the first week of March. If I can keep that schedule up, I should be more than ready for my race in May, which looks like a very short triathlon (250 yard swim in the pool, 8 mile bike, and 1.5 mile run, I think). If it goes well, I may sign up for a longer race toward the end of the summer when I have less work travel scheduled.

My plan is to continue to honestly log my food in my trusty notebook for a while as I train, focus on eating mostly whole and healthy foods. Once I feel like I'm in the exercise groove, I'll get back on track with Weight Watchers again. I'm going to take this one step at a time for now.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great plan - good luck! I started out running to lose weight and ended up losing weigh so I could run (better). I always look forward to the start of "racing season" because I am so in tune with my body, which in turn makes it easier to make good eating choices. I'd love to do a tri but because I am totally terrified of water, I'm on the streets. Half marathons are my thing. I've done 2 full marathons and don't rule out the possibility of more, but for now the halves work well for me. Again, good luck!

    PS - Beautiful photo!

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  2. It does sound like a great plan. You're living instead of just being mad at yourself which is the important thing.

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  3. You look great in that picture. It totally shows how happy you were that day. Training for a race is so motivating. That looks like a great plan to keep you going. If you haven't, you should take measurements of your body now and then every month or so. You'll probably see inches melting off before the scale changes.

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  4. "I didn't lose the weight I had gained because I wanted to look good in a bikini. I wanted to kick ass." -- That's such an inspiring sentence :-) When I lost weight a few years ago it was for health reasons, but I've become increasingly obsessive about how I look and getting down to a "perfect" size. I'm gonna try to adopt your far healthier attitude and focus on fitness and some ass-kicking! ;-)

    Thanks for a great post :-)

    Ali

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