I have decided it’s time to lose weight. This time it’s not just my weekend resolution; I mean it.
I am not fat. I know this. I am about 5 ft 5 ½ inches. I have always said I was 5’ 6” – it’s just easier to round up. But if I look at the “healthy” weight ranges for someone my height I am either on the very highest end of healthy for 5’ 6” or a pound or so “overweight” for 5’ 5”. Either way, I’m just barely hanging on. I have found that during periods of heavy training I actually gain weight. I am hungry all the time, and use the training as an excuse to eat whatever I want. Over the last month or so I have slowly seen the scale creep up a few pounds. It’s time for me to take control of food, not the other way around.
In 2008, I had really let the scale creep up. All of a sudden (well at least it seemed that way) I woke up one day to find myself almost 20 pounds over my previous highest weight. I had a vacation coming up in a few months and decided I had to do something about it so I started eating better and exercising more and before I knew it I have dropped 10 pounds. But then I lost my resolve and the pounds started creeping back on. I decided I really needed to do something and I joined Weight Watchers – in the end I ended up losing a total of 32 pounds and got within 6 pounds of my ultimate goal weight. But then I went on vacation to an All-Inclusive resort in Mexico and of course gained 5 pounds. I lost that 5 pounds when I got back, but never lost the additional 6 pounds, I was hoping for. The Holidays came, and I added a couple more pounds. Then I began training for my first half marathon – by the time race day came I had gained 5 pounds. Then I trained for another half marathon in the Fall, and yep there it was another 5 pounds. I have gained and lost these 5 to 10 pounds multiple times over the last couple of years, but have never gotten back to my weight in 2008 – and I’m currently 20 pounds from what I set as my ultimate goal weight back then.
The weight loss is not just about looking good (although that’s certainly a bonus). It’s about being healthier and using food for fuel vs. comfort. I know weight loss will lead to faster race times too. I know I’m not going to drop 2 minutes per mile off my run pace or anything, but hey I would take 15 seconds per mile. Last week I purchased Weight Management for Triathletes (Ironman) and while the book is geared to the “Ironman Triathlete”, it still has some good information for anyone who is training and wants to lose weight. I have only read about half the book so far, and there’s not really any new information in it, but it does provide some good reminders and things to put into practice for weight loss. Once I finish it I will do a book review.
So today is Monday, June 27th and this morning I started my weight loss journey yet again. I have decided to do Weight Watchers again – just on my own this time since I already have all the information about the program, but I know myself and one of the biggest factors for me in losing weight is accountability. That’s why Weight Watchers worked for me before, so it’s dangerous to do it on my own. That’s why I’m writing this blog. For accountability!! Here I am, telling the world I need to and am going to lose weight. My goal is to lose 20 pounds. I will report my progress and weight loss every Monday or Tuesday. So help keep me accountable! My first real hurdle will be this Friday night – 4th of July party. There will be lots and lots of yummy food………BE STRONG MICHAEL!
If you are on a weight loss journey let me know, maybe we can help keep each other motivated.
So, do you ever struggle with your weight? Do you find you gain weight instead of lose when training hard?
What else do you struggle with?