It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

April 10, 2012

Knock Out!

Well, after a winning week in the Weight Loss Battle with Jim, I got knocked out last week.  Actually we both "gained" so it's hard to determine a winner really, but technically he gained less weight than me so he won.

Knocked out cold!


So here's the deal.  I'm having my busiest time at work in over a year.  Things are just crazy.  I'm working early, late, and through lunch....and I even put in 4 hours on Easter Sunday, and I'm barely keeping my head above water.  When I get stressed like this, I eat.  And I eat total crap!!  So it wasn't suprising when I weighed in Sunday and gained .8 pounds - well actually it was a little suprising because I expected it to be more.  Worst part is things are still crazy, and it's Tuesday night and things haven't improved.  If I keep on this path I will gain this week too :(  I don't know why I can't get my eating under control when I'm stressed, but I just can't seem to.  I eat sugar by the gallon! 

I'm still "trying" to keep my 70.3 training going, but I did miss 3 workouts last week - 1 bike and 2 swims.  I'm hopeful this week will be better, but we shall see.  I missed my swim workout tonight, but I'm hopeful I can make it up tomorrow night.  I'm starting to have a few doubts about whether I'm going to be able to make the Half Ironman work.  I want to, and I haven't given up yet, but I know my job is going to continue to be pretty crazy at least through the end of May and I just don't know if I can keep up the amount of training I need to get in and work 60+ hours a week.  And at the end of the day the job is the most important - it pays the bills.

Feeling a little down right now.  But, on a positive note I have a fun filled weekend planned.  Birthday Friday, Royals Home Opener Friday, and Half marathon Sat. Plus other Birthday celebrations with friends.....and some more work...but let's not think about that right now.

24 comments:

  1. Don't let some short-term setbacks derail your long-term goals. Life will settle down and you'll be back on track for the Half-Ironman. I've followed your training online and know you've got it in you. Serenity now :)

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  2. You can do it! Stick with it, work will calm soon enough and you'll kick butt at the Half Ironman!

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  3. It's not the end of the world - just a speed bump. Don't be too hard on yourself while it's so busy just know that you can drag it all under control when things ease off. I can totally relate - I've had deadline after deadline for weeks now and it's incredibly stressful and there's all that Easter chocolate upstairs that my husband kindly bought me. The only thing that's not putting me into a sugar coma is having to walk upstairs to get it.

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  4. It was a holiday weekend!!!!!!!!!

    pick yourself up and get back in there - Jim and his excuses....don't let him win :P xoxoxo

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  5. I hate it when pesky things like my job interfere with my athletic goals....but yes it does happen. You will get through it. Get yourself a big bag of frozen fruit to put in the office fridge for when those cravings for sugar hit. It's helped me maintain my weight through my injury.

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  6. I'm the same way. Stress = eating = weight gain. I'm still trying to knock off weight from a really stressful October.

    Hope things settle down quickly!

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  7. First of all, anything under a pound counts as maintaining. That's my philosophy. So, minimal harm done. Pick yourself up and try not to let it get to you.

    As for the eating, what about buying the healthy convenience foods? Like the precut fruits and vegetables? Yes, it costs more, but sometimes the convenience is worth it.

    (You can still kick his butt!)

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  8. half marathon! yes! good luck!!!

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  9. i can sympathize with you. missing workouts, no matter what causes it, is such a downer.

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  10. I completely understand the work/eating stress, I catch myself doing it frequently. It helps if you can plan ahead and have grapes, baby carrots, almonds, or other healthy snack items nearby to help curb the urge. Good luck with the training, I hope you can make it work!

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  11. Don't let one week get you down! Yes, you are ubber busy, but you can still eat well and get it done.

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  12. My wife is exactly the same with stress and eating. You can still do that Half Ironman. You will be fine.

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  13. Don't you go tanking the Half Ironman! One day at a time, one day at a time...AND DONT HOG THE SUGAR, I WANT SOME TOO! :)

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  14. Have a great birthday weekend!

    Cheer the Royals on for me!

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  15. Deep breaths. All is not lost (yet!) with either the weight loss or the HIM training. Just make sure you make good choices for the weight loss effort and do the majority of your workouts for the training. You can do it!

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  16. hang in there friend! i think we all have those weeks. is there something else you could do when you know you are about to go for the sweet things due to stress? i usually have the same reaction but sometimes if I can catch myself...i will redirect to playing with my dogs or something else that will distract me for a bit! hope things calm down for you!!

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  17. Oh Michael I am so so sorry that work has been so stressful for you. It is so unfortunate that work stress boild over to our everyday life....but it always does!! I really hope you can relax and just enjoy a fun filled weekend.

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  18. Work stress is tough :( One step at a time....

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  19. Hang in there. You are always so positive. Wish things were more up for you right now - but not in the weight department.

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  20. hat sucks you are crazy busy at work, but you are right, work pays the bills. As for snacking, have you tried rice cakes or air popped popcorn? I don't eat either but always thought they would be good to give me something to munch on without many calories.

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  21. Don't you hate it when work gets in the way of training and having fun! No need to sweat it though - missing some workouts will be affect you as much as you think. Your 70.3 is in July right? So, you still have plenty of time :)

    Happy Training!

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear this! I am struggling too, in the aspect of busy work and I do the same thing. I crave sugar when I stress out. Hopefully, we both get back on track soon.

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  23. i can sympathize with you. missing workouts, no matter what causes it, is such a downer.

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