Ironman Coeur d’Alene is a little over 5 months out now. While my training is better than it was a month ago, I do feel pretty “behind” where I should be. However, I have learned in the past that stressing out about it is not helpful. Instead of stressing, I am trying harder and harder.
Right now my biggest focus is on losing weight and increasing strength. My right foot is still bugging me. I’m doing my best to train without irritating it. Even walking on it for 15 minutes at a time makes it feel like there are daggers in it. On Monday I had a massage with acupuncture. I plan to go back in a couple of weeks.
Weight-loss is not easy for me. Never in my life have I “had” to lose weight. Generally I’m steady at around 130lb. Usually my race weight is closer to 125 or less. I have no shame in admitting that right now I’m hovering around 140. A few months ago I was 142 and on Sunday I weighed 138. That’s not bad considering the Christmas season was in there and I basically didn’t exercise other than walk (when I could without my foot hurting) and ate constantly (although almost no desserts and not as much alcohol as I could have).
My partner and I have a weight-loss challenge/bet going on. It’s just what I need to give me incentive to lose this weight fairly quickly. My goal is to lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks in order to get down to 128. The sooner I get under 130 the better. So far I’m being extremely careful about what I consumer as nutrition is 80% of weight loss, and spreading out my calories over the day, and trying to make all the calories count (ie. no empty calories). My protein goal is 50g per day. I’m using MyFitnessPal to help me out with keeping track of calories, although I might switch to Beginner Triathlete because their relatively new layout is pretty awesome.
The other part of this is that I have decided to eliminate one of the medications that I’m on. It is a med that has caused weight gain in a major way. I’ve been on an extremely low dose for several months, a dose that most doctors would say isn’t effective. Since I’ve been off it for a few days I have felt more energized and alert. We are watching my moods carefully in the hope that it doesn’t affect me too much. I’m planning to blog about my new-found mechanisms later on.
I’m hopeful that all of this will result in weight loss so that I don’t have to lug around these extra 10 pounds in the peak months before Ironman. Here is a comparison of my weight-change in the last 1.5 years. The “old” photo was taken in 2008, but that’s about the weight I stayed for a while. Actually, in 2009 I was about 5 pounds less, which is a lot for a 4’11” person. The photo from last summer is probably the least flattering photo of myself. Since then I’ve lost about 5 pounds, which already feels a lot better.