Monday, January 05, 2015

First Monday of 2015

Today feels like the real start of the new year. Back to a routine, back to work.  I don't start teaching for a little while yet but I have a lot of prep to do.  I don't totally buy in to the whole New Year's Resolutions thing, but I do like to use milestones like this to check in with my goals. I weighed in and took my measurements. I have a lot of work to do.

This year triathlon training is my primary goal, and the weight loss is secondary. I have hours of training to do to prepare for my race, and thanks to my coach, I have a number for those hours: 458. I have done a little more than 26 of those hours already. Last week I logged exactly the 7 1/2 hours of training my program called for. I even turned down a last-minute opportunity to see friends so I would meet that goal. I could have planned around a visit if we had gotten more notice, but I couldn't cancel my evening swim and still make my training hours.

Training for hours each week means I can't restrict calories too drastically. I'm not sure if Weight Watchers is going to work for me given the low points targets that it sets for me.  It seems to me that Weight Watchers was designed more for the typical sedentary person or person who walks and does a few aerobics classes than for someone training hard for hours each week. For now, I'm tracking in both the Weight Watchers app and Lose It! to see if I can figure out a more reasonable target.  I'm also going to ask my leader for advice. I'm also going to use the guidelines in Racing Weight to work on the quality of my food and not just the calories/points.


  1. I just rejoined WW today. I'm ready to get the last 30 pounds off. I really don't like tracking very much, but I'm committed to it now! It sounds like you are very active, and I can see why their points targets may not work for you. Best of luck!

  2. I don't know what your current weight loss goals are but for endurance my dietitian told me a half pound loss a week is probably the most to focus on. Cutting 250 calories a day during training is a lot easier on your body than trying to run 500 calorie deficits. Good luck!

    1. For now I'm double-tracking with LoseIt! and WW. It's a real pain.

  3. You should do MyFitnessPal -- I'm there! I think it has a better food list, too -- more comprehensive.


"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