Sunday, July 05, 2009

I remembered what I really wanted to write about

Several times lately, I have found myself in a situation where someone feels compelled to give me advice on how I should be exercising (so far, no one has started in on diet).

It's frustrating, because I feel like I have a pretty good handle on the exercise thing. I know what to do to train for my races and I feel happy with the way I'm able to perform on race day. I feel like I have the fitness thing pretty well figured out. It's the diet that isn't fully in line yet.

It's also discouraging because I know the reason I'm getting this unsolicited advice is because I'm still carrying weight I should have lost by now. Add to the list of reasons I want to lose weight: "So that my fitness level will be accurately reflected in the way I look."

It's weird because some people are complimenting me on how I look and others seem to think that I wouldn't be the size I am if I knew about exercise. I wouldn't take this personally if I wasn't also feeling a little bit frustrated already on the weight front. My weight is still on an upswing after the triathlon. I have good reason to expect a drop next week, because like one reader noted, I seem to be on a pretty reliable four-week cycle of gaining and losing. But overall, the trend is maintenance, and I'm not particularly happy about it.

Here's hoping that the half-marathon training will help a bit.

6 comments:

  1. Re: "I know the reason I'm getting this unsolicited advice is because I'm still carrying weight I should have lost by now."

    I think some folks are just rude and like to stick their nose in where it doesn't belong. Maybe you could stare haughtily at them and say coolly: "My weight is part of a carefully calibrated bulking phase before I begin my cutting phase." :)

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  2. Just remember that people have good intentions.

    I actually feel this way oftent too, but I try not to let it bleed on to the people giving me advice because between the 3989485 people telling me to do what I already do, there are 1 or 2 who give me a really great tip.

    People need/want to feel like they can help.

    But, if they're being rude... just roundhouse kick them in the face.

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  3. I agree with maspikteruzim, people need to mind their own business. There's too much emphasis on being "thin" and not enough on health. I bet you could out run, swim, and bike anyone that says that to you!
    I know you want to lose weight, but you are FIT and HEALTHY! That means so much more than being a size whatever.
    I've been reading your blog for several months now and I'm curious on why you don't weight train? My fitness level and weight loss went way up when I started lifting weights. I've maintained a 50 lb. loss for 8 years now and I know that weights and the muscle mass I've built is a big factor. I do a weight exercise for every muscle group twice a week. I hit a big platou in my weight loss before I started lifting weights and that jump started it right up!
    I love your blog! You are a big inspiration to me (I really want to be a runner and do triathlons!) Keep up the good work!

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  4. Wendy, that's a good question about the weight training. I know it helps, but I just don't love doing it. I have been telling myself that Pilates Reformer and yoga are just as effective for strength but I'm not sure I believe myself. I did buy Jillian Michaels' "Hot Bod in a Box" and am trying to figure out where to incorporate weights into my routine.

    Nic, you're right, people do have good intentions. That's why I find it disheartening rather than upsetting -- they honestly think I'm just not working out much because they don't see a hardbody standing in front of them, I guess.

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  5. I got tired of weight training taking up so much time - I switched to kettlebells, and I love them! (Not trying to convert you - that's just my experience.)Having said that, I think you can get awfully strong doing yoga.

    I can't remember where I read the statement "exercise determines body composition, food determines body size." I think that's pretty true. But it is frustrating to not look as fit as I know I am.

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  6. I hate it when ANYONE tells me what to do about ANYTHING, but especially exercise! They need to back off. You know what you are doing.

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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07