Saturday, November 01, 2008

My Big Fat Training Schedule

Okay, well, here's the dealio: I've gained 13 pounds, mostly due to sitting instead of being on my feet. When I was teaching, I was on my feet all day, which burns a lot of calories. Since May, I've mostly sat. Which means, now that I'm sitting all day, I have to work out more to make up for it. But holy cow, what happened to my metabolism? I mean, the las t itme I had extra time I didn't put on weight that fast. But now, WHAM.

It didn't happen right away, of course. Most things insidious creep up on you and then, lo and behold, you start searching through your fall clothes and, well, they don't fit. OWCH. Plus, it's 13 more pounds that are on the tips of my toes when I'm wearing heels. OWCH.

Then there's the whole leg injury thing. My leg is still injured. I can only run on trails, and even then I keep a 13 minute pace. Luckly, I just have the one sprint triathlon in early December, so I have time to heal.

Meanwhile, I hate the way my clothes fit. You know that feeling? I sure do. Ugh. The waistband cutting into my belly, the pants creeping up me....ew.

Yup. That extra me surface area AND volume needs to come off SOON. Hopefully, now that I"m not cooking and eating all day, it will. Usually when I go back to work it comes off.

So, okay, I need to work out more but how to do it? First off, the master's class meets 3 mornings a week. The other 2 days I figure I can run in the morning. Then, of course, there is that little 440 track in front of the VA that I could jog around during lunch those same days, so that Tuesday and Thursday are run days. Hmm. Friday evenings, a trail run in the foothills. Weekends, long ride or long spin classes and a long slow run. It hardly ever rains here, so schedules are pretty dependable. The problem with spin, of course, are the mirrors. Yikes.

Meanwhile, Baboo has sympathy pounds. We'll be working on this project together. ;-)

We'll see.



  1. Well, I saw Baboo out there basically rocking a 100 mile bike ride so maybe the lbs are faster!

  2. Keep working at it! And I so know that "my clothes are feeling a little out of place" feeling. The body is a constant work in progress!

  3. Sing it sister, struggling with the same issues up here.
    Time for the extra comfort friends to go play with someone else!

  4. I started reading your blog a month or so ago. I'm interested in the cycling and the weight loss. I have worked a sit-down job my whole life and my body is paying for it in a few ways. Its a constant struggle.

  5. That's great you'll be working on it together. It's so much easier when it's a team effort. Just don't give in to the temptation to buy bigger clothes. With the old ones so uncomfortable, you'll get a daily reminder of your goals. (Okay, it works for me. Might not work for everyone.)

  6. Anonymous8:10 AM

    Oh, yes...I know the "waistband cutting into the belly feeling" too well! I'm working on it, too.

    You'll shed those 13 lbs. Your plan sounds like a winner ;-)

  7. You have my sympathies--I have 6ish pounds I need to get rid of due to sitting on my ass with the stress fracture, myself. It stinks!

    Oh, and about the "getting hold of you" thing from you last post? It DOES get old real quick. Especially if you are meant to take that pager or blackberry or what have you HOME. :P

  8. Yep, the saran wrap feeling clothes is what sent me back to Jenny Craig 2 weeks ago. My problem is almost 100% eating. I just eat WAY to much and WAY bad stuff. Good luck with your new plan and congratulations on the new job! I can't remember if I said that yet.

  9. I can't believe the way I have to battle weight gain - I'm still training! God it pisses me off. But perseverance furthers and we will win - OH YES WE WILL!

  10. I'm so happy to hear (oh boy, does misery love company) that I'm not the only one who battles this junk. More than happy, I'm inspired. Yep, extra pounds be gone! My little 5 foot 4 frame can't do it any more!!!

  11. After never being able to really lose weight on my own, nothwithstanding all of the physical exercise that I do, I threw in the towel and went to a nutritionist who works with athletes. SO glad I did that. It totally takes the responsability away from you and hands it to someone else. Plus I lost weight right away and realized how much I was kidding myself about being on a "diet" when I did it on my own.

    Just a thought...


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