Right now, as I'm typing this, I'm at 157 on the scale.
I wasn't planning on losing any weight, but I figure that the lighter I am, the faster I could get, so maybe it's a good thing. I'm running 4 or 5 miles on my short run days, and then a long run on the weekends. Sweet Baboo has been taking me on long bike rides, and I'm commuting to work occasionally on the bike as well. Since this coincides with going back to work, where I have a 30-minute lunch break, this means I'm likely to no longer be Athena legal by the end of the season of the SWC Series. The last tri of the season is October 1st.
When I started this blog, I was a 196 pounds and 66 inches tall. I lost 30 the first three months, just by cutting portions and being a little more active. Since March of 2005, however, I haven't lost a pound, but I've been getting smaller.
I must have been about 99% fat when I started.
My training was very hit or miss, but my body was so desperately unfit that ANYTHING was better than nothing, and so I started firming up. Then, in August, I decided I really, really wanted to be a better runner and started getting serious. I also started hydrating more, which makes me feel better but takes up lots of space, so that I wind up not eating as much. And I've cut back a little on fat.
("Yeah," you're thinking, "she's a Vegan; it's easy to lose weight" but potato chips, most donuts (I've checked) Paul Newman Dark Chocolate Bars, and soy lattes are all Vegan. So is deep fried tofu. If you really, really want to eat fat, you can do it in any venue or context.
People at work who haven't seen me since May exclaim, "You look great! What have you been doing?!?"
"Running, swimming, and cycling" I reply
"Oh," they say, looks of disappointment on their faces.
They wonder away, somewhat disgruntled.
I've shared this with Sweet Baboo, who said that they'd probably be happier if I lied and told them I'd done some insane "only purple foods diet" or, "eat butter on all your food and lose weight while you sleep diet."
I've had several people ask me, "If you're not an Athena anymore, what will you call your blog?"
I've had several ideas:
- Tales From the Back of the Pack (probably already taken)
- Geek Girl Diaries (geek girl was my college nickname, and it's been on every license plate I've had for the past eight years, through 3 states)
- Geek Runner
- TOM8TO Diaries (TOM8TO was the runner-up when I was trying to pick my vanity license plate several years ago)
- She Ain't Heavy She's Just Slow
- Slow, Brave Age-Grouper (with apologies to VJ)
- Slow Cowardly Age-Grouper
- Diary of a Mad Runner
- At Least I Finished
Or maybe I'll start eating more, and then I won't have to think about it for a while.