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!