Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Goal for July

Well, with the transition to being a type 1 diabetic and using insulin for all meals, I've found an unfortunate side effect: weight gain! :(  Not. Happy. At. All.    I've noticed small increases in the number on the scale and before long, the sum total of those increases have reached double digits!

So, effective TODAY, I will be giving up all ice cream products until my weight returns.  This is huge. I love ice cream and it is an indulgence that I might be able to have on very special occasions, however, I've been very bad and have indulged far too often and far to much.  Frankly, I've been gluttonous!  It's not good for me and the reality is that I cannot be eating any ice cream.  Additionally, I will be focusing more on my nutrition and eating better.  I was doing well for a while, then I fell off the wagon.  Typical for me. I'm so cyclic in this stuff and I really wish I had more will power and self-restraint.  I will be working on shedding this unwanted extra weight over the next 30 days, specifically.  I know that my fitness can improve with the weight drop, too.

So, my plan is to amp up the exercise ~10% and count calories, make better nutritional choices, and avoid the "dessert" items, specifically ice cream.  I need to get back down to what I consider a more ideal race weight.

Damn you, genetics!!  I need to face the reality that I do not have that uber-fast metabolism that many of my fitness friends have.  I most certainly do not have their will-power, either.  Add, diabetes and insulin injections to the mix and I must be BETTER than everyone else - and that can be difficult!

I'm a big fan of Jillian Michaels' books and Master Your Metabolism is a great foundation for me to work around.  I think that would be a good place to start for me.  Also, I will embrace fresh, raw veggies, as I clearly don't eat enough of those.  Another place to look is these diabetic cookbooks, and I can use those for some meal ideas.

So, there you have it. I'm plumping up and I'm not going to stand for it! I will embrace this challenge and turn it around in the month of July!!  I will be leaner for GCT Triathlon and my IM in Cedar Point.
Speaking (typing?) of which ... it's WEEKS away!!!   OMG!  It feels like I was just saying it's a year away, but now, it's right around the corner!!! 

I am getting excited for IM Providence! I am thinking this will be a hilly course (I've heard it's "brutal"!) and will be comparable to my 70.3 in CT in June. If that's the case, an attainable goal would be to best my time and go under 7 hrs.  I will shoot for that.

Went for a 7 mile run last evening and I realized how much I've neglected my running.  I had a nice pace but it wasn't as easy as usual.  Today, I need to get new headphones, as mine have a short in them. Then, after work, I'll tackle another 7 miles.  Time to get down to business!!  Maybe I'll even feel motivated enough to do the 11 mile Mentor loop?  We shall see... Tomorrow is a brick: 26 mile ride followed by a 4 mile run.  Saturday, a 12 mile run with Liz ... will be a new experience to do a run with someone!  Sunday, we've got a 60 mile ride scheduled! I can't wait!!   OMG, when did THAT happen???  When did I begin to LOOK FORWARD TO A LONG RIDE???   That just snuck up on me and I'm surprised to hear myself say (type?) that!  I must admit, I'm liking my bike rides more and more!  Plus, my new gatorskin tires should arrive today or tomorrow! I'm excited about that, too!

Off to get ready for work!
Peace out, peeps!

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