As far as eating is concerned, this has been the most difficult week for me. I had swim meets on Feb. 3, Feb. 6 and all day Feb.7 (41st Annual Ken Gipe Relays).
I had two very good morning workouts on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 with Trevor, and I really feel I am making progress in the weight-lifting department. We are doing more sets with more weight and some of the core exercises are getting a bit easier. We did add some things, and they were hard, but I could at least do them. The 20 minutes to 30 minutes on the bike is quite easy, but I use that as my warm-up. Trevor said that when we can add weight and do them quicker that the calorie burn will be greater. He is looking for me to get to the 250-mark and then amping up the training intensity to increase the calorie burn even more. We can’t do that until I lose some more pounds, so we can increase the intensity safely. I can’t “weight” until I can do that.
I would like to be able to run a little this spring and maybe do a short triathlon by the fall. I know I could do the swim and the bike portions now, but the running will be the hard part and it is the last event. I wish I could do it in reverse, run first and swim last. If anyone knows of a shorter-in-length triathlon for late summer or early fall, please let me know.
I am looking forward to weighing less than 300 pounds, but the eating has got to get better. I am finding myself hungrier than before and craving more things, especially breads and potatoes. I have been able to stay away from most snacks, sweets and the regular pop quite well, but I need to do a better job of planning the evening meal and getting it eaten earlier; however, that will have to wait until swim season is over at the end of this month. Between work and swimming and preparing for meets that Port Clinton High School has hosted, I have been unable to eat my main meal until after 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. I also have been staying up until well after midnight trying to get things done.
I will be traveling during the next three weeks for major swim meets and I will have to be careful with my eating. I have made arrangements to have access to cardio equipment while I am out of town for eight days at the district and state swim meet. I have done well eating out. I don’t eat too much and I order more conservatively. I am doing well with my salt intake, too, and I have been allowed to cut my beta blocker by half for the next three weeks and then go back for a blood pressure recheck. I appreciate all of the support that people in the community/work and out in public have given me. I haven’t been recognized in a restaurant yet, like Kristin, so I have not been refused food by the waiter. We are going to do some measuring this week; the halfway point to next month’s big report. I will let you know if it is a positive or negative interim report in next week’s blog. I have a quote on my bulletin board in my office at Baumann’s. I wrote it to apply to work, but I am finding it is more applicable to my nutrition program. It reads: Failing to plan = Planning to fail.”