As many of you know, I’ve become rather enamoured with road cycling over the last year. I’ve done a few 100km races, with another one coming up in October and I’ve taken a keen interest in the Tour De France. Naturally, with all of the extra activity, my appetite has increased. Unfortunately that has been to Tour De France standards, rather than “weekend warrior” status which has left me with a spare five kilograms that I am going to part with before summer.
I really hesitated to post about my very slow, but sure weight gain – after all, we all like to be seen in the best light. Then I got around to thinking that this type of thinking is quite ridiculous and actually against my own principles – I want to be honest and open. My experience of doing more endurance exercise has seen me begin to traverse a new learning curve of learning how to regulate my appetite a little better. I’ve learned little things as I’ve progressed – such as the concept of replenishing lost fluids properly before even thinking of hitting the chow.
Of course I was unsure whether I should blog about my weight loss project – I don’t want to bore people with weight stats, training logs and meal plans, however, I think some accountability is a good thing! Rather than be completely boring, I thought I’d do a once a week training/nutrition update and put up a gallery of pictures that represent how I’m making the required changes to reach my destination.
Where weight loss is concerned, nutrition, rather than exercise, has the greatest impact. Thus the first step for me is to become aware of what is going in my mouth and making changes that are sustainable for the long term. My biggest challenge is the old undesirabowl scenario – snacking mindlessly. Eliminating this and reducing the size of some of my meals is the easiest first step.
Here goes nothing!
Starting weight: 63.2kg
What this week’s photos are about:
Photo One: Me at about 56kg doing a photoshoot in 2009
Photo Two: On my way to training this morning at Fitness First Toowong
Photo Three: Preparing for a treadmill run in my spanky Lululemon tights
Photo Four and Five: At the end of my tready workout (have to master these action shots, lol) I did 40 minutes of running at a 5.45 pace (low to mod intensity) broken into 4 x 10 minute blocks
Photo Six: Decided to go and do a Mind Body class…guess who’s instructing?
Photo Seven: A new Slim Secrets bar – the Cookies and Cream Cravings Crusher. This bar is delicious (and will be available from my store shortly)
Photo Eight: Lunch – chicken and avocado salad – lots of vegetables and I ate quarter of an avo, rather than half, in homage to eating more like a weekend warrior, rather than an Olympian.
Photo Nine: Lucy ready for a walk and a ball chucking session
Photo Ten: Lucy decides to lick her nose because according to her, I’m being an old woman in getting myself organized.
Photo Eleven: Fun at the park – getting ready to chase for ball 379.
Do you gain weight when you do a lot of endurance training? Do you believe cardio is bad for you?