Jump to content

TedE (Fender)


Recommended Posts

4 more down, 19 to go. It's actually been 8 down since I started training around Thanksgiving. The 10% figure puts my DR.com goal at 199, but I'd like to hit 200 and stay there for now. Why? Triathlons have a "Clydesdale" division for guys 200 and over. I like my odds of placing in a better percentile in that group than with the rest of my age group which typically has some of the fastest racers :lol: . For my height and build 200 isn't a bad place to be.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 more down, 15 to go. I attribute most of this to being sick at the end of last week and some of the weekend, but I'd like to think that cutting out almost all alcohol consumption (maybe 3-4 drinks a week) has something to do with it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 more down, 13 to go. Things have definitely started leveling off after a pretty good initial drop, but not unexpectedly. I think I actually need to eat more in order to keep up with my training. I was pretty frugal on the food this week and almost totally crashed and burned during my workout yesterday morning. It's a thin line.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 more down, 13 to go. Things have definitely started leveling off after a pretty good initial drop, but not unexpectedly. I think I actually need to eat more in order to keep up with my training. I was pretty frugal on the food this week and almost totally crashed and burned during my workout yesterday morning. It's a thin line.

Needing to eat more to lose more is a pretty good problem to have. Keep up the good work and good luck with that "eating more" thing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Needing to eat more to lose more is a pretty good problem to have. Keep up the good work and good luck with that "eating more" thing.

Well, it's not eating more to lose more, it will be eating more to lose less. I could continue what I'm doing now and keep dropping around 1.5-2 lbs/week, but the training efficacy will suffer. If I eat enough to make the workouts beneficial it will be closer to 1 lb/week I'm guessing. Truthfully it's probably a combination of not enough energy to get through morning workouts and lack of adequate sleep. I may try playing with eating more right as I get up for quick energy.

The main problem as I see it is that I'm not accounting well for the extra energy I need. Eating what I am now would be enough if I wasn't exercising, but on the heavier training days most calculators put me burning 1,000+ calories on the workouts alone. If I don't make up for that in eating the body goes into some non-beneficial state or another (not burning fat for energy, and in the worst case consuming extra muscle tissue). There is a whole science behind this eating-for-training thing that I'm trying to grasp (poorly). I've stayed away from the calorie counting because it's tedious and I would suck at it; my "eating plan" as it were it mostly guesswork. Like everyone involved in the DR challenge I didn't get into this to stop enjoying food; I'm trying to balance eating less of the things I like with the extra stress that I'm putting on my body. Starting both of those things at roughly the same time has been a shock to the system, as it were.

So, after a terrible swim workout yesterday I went ahead and ate more than I normally would have: some peanut butter with apple slices and yogurt/granola combination for breakfast, a big ol' bowl of pho for lunch, snacked on some of those evil peanut butter filled pretzels in the office throughout the day, and then 4 beers and two slices of pizza at happy hour with friends (I can't say no to the Bell's Two Hearted). Oh, and I skipped the run half of the workout. Today is a rest day and I'll eat normally again since there are no workouts. Hey, at least I can justify (to myself) yesterday's intake: I didn't "overeat" I was "replenishing energy stores" for the weekend :lol:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 more down, 11-ish to go. Slower progress over the last 3 weeks, but that included a beer-filled birthday weekend followed by another one where I was pretty lazy and couch-bound (damn weather!). I probably gained a smidge back during the former; I've purposely didn't step on the scale to survey the damage. I've been a little more lenient on what I'm eating mostly to get some more variety (and satiety!) to stave off gluttonous urges. With all the physical activity I'm kind of frustrated that the loss rate has slowed down so much, but I knew it would plateau eventually.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Another 1.5 down, 9.5ish to go. I was expecting to be level this week, so that is a surprise. I was pretty lean on the intake early in the week due to a busy schedule and late nights at work, so that may explain it. The Dairy Godmother on Saturday and two meals at Dino this weekend surely can't!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm not keeping a daily food diary because I don't have that sort of discipline when it comes to record-keeping (as tax season is reminding me on a daily basis!), but here's today's planned schedule on the eat-small-and-often plan. It's fairly typical for a weekday, but maybe a little higher in calorie content since we are in the middle of the toughest 2 weeks of the training schedule right now.

5:00 AM pre-swim (yes, Tuesdays suck!) - 1/2 bagel with light veg cream cheese; banana

7:30 AM pre-run - energy gel (~110 calories) just so not to bonk on the run

9:00 AM post-run: another bagel (whole) with light veg cc

11:00 AM - 8 oz. non-fat yogurt w/ granola mixed in

12:30 PM - small salad with rice vinegar/soy dressing; apple

2:00 PM - leftover fettucine w/ sausage, broccoli rabe, and peppers (probably 2/3 of my dinner sized portion (will usually pack a sandwich if no leftovers)

3:30ish PM - orange

7:30-8:00ish - dinner. Some recent staples: chicken/shrimp stir fry w/rice + whatever appropriate veg we have lying around; panko-crusted chicken breast with veg side + couscous/quinoa/risotto; stocked up soup from the freezer + crusty bread + salad; couscous salad with grilled chicken; pasta of some sort.

I have tea and LOTS of water throughout the day and then something sweet after dinner (damn you Del Ray Dreamery! Oh, and you too Wegman's bins of assorted gummi products!!). I'll usually sneak in a snack or two before dinner if I'm home on the early side: bread/crackers with peanut butter, handful of chips, etc. I haven't been denying myself a beer or glass of wine (or 2) recently during the week. Weekday drinking was totally absent for a while, then I decided it wasn't entirely worth it :o I may go cold turkey again 2-3 weeks before the race. We'll see.

Weekends are another story. I don't make eating plans because they just go out the window anyway. It usually shows on Monday and I've been avoiding the scale until later in the week because of it (although I did step on last night). The badness over the weekend usually leads to retained water and other, um, by-product weight. Case in point: a full 5 pound difference between 9:00 last night and 9:00 this morning. So don't be discouraged by daily fluctuations, they can be pretty extreme!! It all comes out in the wash, so to say.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Case in point: a full 5 pound difference between 9:00 last night and 9:00 this morning.

Well, I had chalked that one up to weighing myself immediately after a big workout (dehydration and all), but I didn't exercise this morning and the scale said the same thing. Let's see how that averages out for the next few days, but (tentatively) 3.5 more down in the last two weeks, 6 to go.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This morning the scale unceremoniously announced by way of it's monochromatic digital display that I was a 1/2 pound under my target weight. I'd hit 3/4 pound over my target last Friday (and first time under 200 in a very long time) but thought that was a dehydrated-after-workout result. Not so this morning. I'm sticking a flag in this one and celebrating tonight with a Fuller's Vintage Ale from 2002 that's been aging in the wine fridge for awhile. It was going to be my post-race celebratory beer, but I had doubts about traveling to FLA with it. No time like the present!

Two months ago I didn't think I had a chance to reach this target before the race on 4/29, and I don't see any reason to stop now with a couple more triathlons and running events on the horizon this summer. I am predicting a 5 pound gain in the week immediately following the main event (or maybe after lunch that very afternoon!), but I'm not going to care one bit :blink:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...