Monday, October 19, 2009

A Decision

I woke up this morning and made a decision.  It's something I've been thinking about for a bit but concentrating on training and trying not to worry about it.  The thing is, I want to lose weight.  I haven't lost any weight during all of my triathlon training although my body structure does look a bit different and clothes fit much looser, etc.

So here it is.  I plan to lose 20 pounds.  It's that last 20 pounds that has been lingering since the girls were born and that it seems like wants to stay.  But I want it to go.  I'd like to get rid of it all by April 1st.  That's 28 weeks from now.

I think that the key for me is going to be lowering the amount of carbs I eat.  I know, I know.  Triathletes need carbs.  But the fact is that I have PCOS, which means I am insulin resistant and carbs are not necessarily my friends.  I already eat whole grains and whole wheat pastas and look to avoid sugar as much as possible.  There has to be a balancing point where I can lose my weight and still have enough carbs to train without triggering fat storage like us PCOS'ers are prone to do with the normal amount of carbs others eat.

So the plan is this.  I've been eating the 60 carb/20 protein/20 fat ratio.  I'm going to switch that up to 40 protein/40 carb/20 fat and see how it works.  I'll be prepping for a half marathon in March and the tri season after that, so we'll play with the numbers.  I just want that 20 pounds gone and to stay gone.  I read that you can shave 8 seconds per pound off your run time. That's 2 minutes and 40 seconds!

So there it is.  The decision has been made and now to adjust the diet.  I'd do Phase 1 of South Beach (the cleanse your body of its addiction to carbs where your only carb intake is from low glycemic index vegetables. Phase 2 you get to eat low glycemic index fruits again.) if I didn't think Coach would shoot me.  Of course, I am only getting back to working out tomorrow, I think... It would only be for 2 weeks.  Hmm.

No matter what I do, I'm planning to drop this weight.  Of course my high cortisol issues may have other plans for me, but I'll do what I can to get it gone!


  1. Nice goal to set and with 28 weeks, I bet you will finish it before April. Personally I been trying to lose 10 punds for about 2 months and its been a pain. My clothes are looser as well, it might be muscle gain from all the training. Body fat is down, just cant get the last pounds off, now that the season is over, like you, i can concentrate at it.

  2. GOOD LUCK!! I found that the best thing for me was to not have my temptation items around. I have a little list of simple tips that helped me. I can send you the link if you are interested. I am not dietician the list is simply things that worked for me..

  3. The very best of luck. I'm sure you will know exactly how to do this and I hope you are able to do it safely.

    CJ xx

  4. I'm super carb sensitive too. Love em, of course, who doesn't but I puff up like a poisoned pup;o)

  5. Good luck on your goals, I KNOW you can do it!

    My BFF, Sondra, has been out of tri training with a hamstring injury for nearly 3 months now. She was terrified about gaining weight b/c she wouldn't be training, so she really took a look at her diet and adjusted it. Chica has LOST 10 pounds and looks FABULOUS!

    A snippet:
    *Whole grain pasta has been replaced with quinoa stir-fried in olive oil and garlic.
    *lots of fish, chicken, beans/legumes
    *Eats only clean foods, nothing from a box at all.
    *Fruits, veggies, eggs
    *Protein shakes are often her dinner. She eats her larger meal during the day.
    *Lots of water to fill up with

    We've talked about 'how' it's going to be when she resumes training (needing the extra calories), but the answer is really simple... an extra helping of what she's already been eating.

    I've got about 5 to 7 pounds I would like GONE. I know I could get rid of it by following what she is doing (b/c there is not 'DIET' to follow; it's just healthy, clean eating).

    ANyway, just wanted to throw that option out there for you as well. I think there are quite a few books out there about eating 'clean' that you could reference.

    HUGS to you!