Weight loss roadblock. I know what to do, but I am just confused right now. Part 3: Weight loss roadblock broken, stop it from returning

We have gone through Part 1: I know I have hit a weight loss roadblock, but how did this happen to begin with?  and Part 2: Making a plan to destroy my weight loss roadblock and established that I indeed caused this weight gain problem on my own and that I have all the necessary tools in my arsenal to destroy my weight loss roadblock.  You are probably asking, what is the issue Erin, why are you so confused?

In conclusion,  Part 3: Weight loss roadblock broken, stop it from returning

I’m confused because I can make a plan and stick to it and create goals, work towards them, and reach my goals better than imagined, but the issue is, I’m not seeing my weight drop in the amount of time I want. My impatience makes me question what I know is tried and true success tools and question if I’m using those tools the way I need to, to see results. I am question myself and that confuses me!

How does one, clear up this confusion?  the truthThe truth is. Everyone is different. I believe through test and result the tools in my arsenal will give the results I seek and I am executing them correctly, it just takes time. I know, I cringe every time I hear that answer too.  What I can definitively say at this point is – results obtained over time stick with us. I know this, if I am consistent in using my trusted tools I will learn the process and then make the process a habit where I won’t need to think twice if I am doing it correctly or not to succeed. That is what we want is it not?  To create and stick to a plan that is successful and make sticking to that plan a habit for long time use?  Of Course! Yes! Jump up and down! We just realized that we already knew something great and now we can take action!

Confusion crushed, weight loss roadblock DESTROYED!

Using what I have learned and knowing my successful weight loss experiences with “Body for Life”, “The Clean Eat Diet”, and “This is why you are fat…”, I have attached for you, a sample 7 day beginner meal plan and fitness program that works for me. I have taken all three of the tools I have discussed in this series, moshed them together the way they worked best for me and put it down on paper for you.  I know this program will also work for you.

Speaking shortly about habits, it is said, that after 7 days of consistently completing a task a person can change their daily routine and call that task a habit.  We make habits every day with out even noticing it. I agree with this idea but will take it a step further and say that after 7 weeks of consistently completing a task a person can make that habit concrete.

If you are struggling with starting, remember and say to yourself, “it is only 7 days to create this habit, just 7 days, I can do this!”.  You can do this! I believe in you! In just 7 days you will be well on your way to destroying your own weight loss roadblock and onto a healthy long life.

Love the Lucky # 7! Enough babbling, on to bigger and better things.  Take a gander at the sample 7 day meal plan and fitness program, review it, use it, make it your own with your own macronutrients, you got this!

Erintris sample 7day meal and fitness

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Weight loss roadblock. I know what to do, I am just a little confused right now.

That was the old me, but the bowl of snacks was bigger!

That was the old me, but with a bigger snack bowl!

I am having trouble losing weight I gained during my 12 months of off season.   This is not an easy task and is not for the faint of heart, but can be done!  I thought if I wrote my thoughts out here, on my blog, it would help me and any others work through the ins and outs of breaking down weight loss roadblocks.

There are 3 parts to this post.

Part 1: I know I’ve hit a weight loss roadblock, but how did this happen to begin with?
Part 2: Making a plan to destroy my weight loss roadblock.
Part 3: Mission accomplished, stop your weight loss roadblock from returning.


Now that is one heck of a road block!

Now that is one heck of a road block!

Part 1: I know I’ve hit a weight loss roadblock, but how did this happen to begin with?

Have you ever been at a spot in the year when there is a break in your training schedule or you are taking a lot more rest days then you normally would?  Do you also feel that you are having trouble getting out of bed? That it’s either too cold or too hot out or the sun either doesn’t get up when you do or it goes down before you get out of the office?   During this time do you eat too many good foods and too many of the bad foods?  Are you 5-10lbs heavier than your normal weight and 15-20lbs above your racing weight?

I DO and am exactly in all of those spots right now.  It seems too cold AND too dark, I am eating too many of good AND bad foods and am staying in bed way too long.  If my scale is correct, I am roughly 15lbs (who am I kidding, 20lbs) above my ultimate goal race weight. OUCH!

I’ve wondered “what’s wrong with me?” saying too, “this is not like me at all.”  hamberger helperI have talked to doctors and psychologists, asking “why am I not motivated and why can’t I be as strict and where is my stick-to-a-tive-ness that I am used to in my life?”  No doctor has an answer for me.  They either don’t know me or health and fitness and it’s tolls on the human psyche well enough to give me an answer that I can truly grasp on to. This lack of professional insight leaves me to think (and think too much) about why I have hit this weight loss roadblock.

From my experiences and extensive health and fitness reading I can say that too much of a good thing is never a good thing. (Now, now, I am talking about weight loss roadblocks, not money,  vacation, or love).

I have also learned the following;

;Consuming sugar makes one want to consume more sugar, if not burned up right away becomes a cushy bum or a nice set love handle.  Carbohydrates (lovingly called “carbs”) when eaten in amounts more than what the body can use as fuel, is broken down and the body stores it just in case you will use it later. Warning: it doesn’t burn easily after storage.

Sugar

Sugar

We can assume then that carbs if not used up during a workout or a hard work day, has the same effects as sugar. ie. Too many carbs make you crave carbs.

;Consuming fat and salt in large quantities has the same effect as sugar. So we can assume from the information above about sugar that these extra amounts of fat and salt not used during a workout or a hard day of work, are stored in the body.

;Laziness begets laziness, I am not talking about a person who doesn’t work, or who doesn’t clean, walk their dogs, play with their cats, clean their dishes, etc.  I am talking, fit laziness.  The “ah I can take a break today”, next day “I can take a break today”, next month ” I haven’t gotten off this chair to run in months, I can take a break today” type of laziness. I personally create a fear of pain or incapability. Here, I’ll explain, after I have had a bout of fit laziness, I get struck with fear that my chest will hurt if I start running again, or that I may not be able to jump as high during a HIIT workout, I essentially spook myself out of getting up and moving my fanny. Does that happen to you?

mmm, pizza.

mmm, pizza.

;Calories in Calories out.  We have all heard this phrase when talking about weight loss.  Yes, it is true, if you put more calories in to the body then you take out, like during a run or water aerobics, the extra calories will increase your total body weight. This concept seems so cut and dry, so easy pee-zee. What, though, if you have the body type that after 2 months of reducing your calories IN and increasing your calories OUT you find, your cloths fitting better, your family and friends noticing your hard work, but your scale, DOESN’T BUDGE! (Please note, I do believe that for most cases weight should not be a defining factor in health, but if you swim, bike, run or do all three you know that weight does matter. I digress…) If you didn’t know this yet, I’m talking about myself here people.

3 months of hard work then BOOM! I am 10 lbs lighter.

3 months of hard work then BOOM! I am 10 lbs lighter.

I know that if I look at the scale for the first 3 months of a program I will see minimum scale movement, but day one of month 3 BOOM, I’m 10lbs lighter… we will talk more about that in Part: 2.

For now, knowing these 4 basic ideas helps me see HOW my road block was created.  It is true, I did eat too many gluten free cookies, cakes, and pies.  I did eat too many beef burgers and braised short ribs out, I did consume way too much wine and fancy drinks.

Come to think of it, no I didn’t run, cycle, swim or take fitness classes to burn up the extra macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) I am putting into my body. Knowing this allows for me to start down the path to destroying my weight loss roadblock.

Now that I have acknowledged that I have hit a weight loss roadblock and how it was created, my next post: “Weight loss road block. I know what to do, I am just a little confused right now.” Part 2: “Making a plan to destroy my weight loss roadblock” will bring us through proven ways to break down weight loss roadblocks and which way works best for me.

What’s in store for 2-0-1-4?

This year will be a little less race intense, but more body fit intense.

I am hitting up the 2014 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute East Coast Conference to earn important credits and gain important fitness knowledge.

I am getting certified in TABATA Bootcamp, this way I can get you in shape this summer at morning bootcamp (keep watching for more info!)

I am looking at a few races, many of what I have done before, actually almost all – this year is a year for comfort and see if I can beat my times!! I am getting faster you know, did you see my last year race times? If not, view my race rundown page. I will also be running with my niece Sara who has completed her first 5k last year and has set her sights on the Kent Island metric Half this year! (I am so proud!)

So after all the blabbing, here is the draft list…

Ceasar Rodney Half Marathon
Kent Island Metric Half (with my niece Sara!)
Wines to vines 5k
Trail Blazers 5k
Half Saur Half Kraut Half
Good Neighbor day 10k
Tolsdorf 1 mile
CX 5k Race Series
Philly Rock n’ Roll Half
Brian’s Run 5 miler

Any suggestions for races for me? RAGNAR, anyone need an extra? Tri? Comment below!

post-race contemplations- Iron Girl Triathlon 2013, Race Results

HI all, So. I completed my first sprint Tri – like I said I would! Go ME!

Who's Awesome? I am Awesome!

Who’s Awesome? I am Awesome!

The race was originally going to be a 1/2 mile swim, an 18 mile bike ride, and a 3 mile run. It actually turned out to be a little less of a swim, a little less of a bike, and right on with the run. Keeping that in mind, here was what I thought in my “pre-race contemplations” post. If you want to read the whole post, you can find it on this page.

finish 1

PRE-RACE (Plan C,Plan B, Plan A) REMEMBER – the swim and bike ended up being shorter…

Plan C (worst case scenario)
Swim 30 minutes
T1 5 minutes
Bike 50 minutes
T2 5 minutes
Run 30 minutes
Finish time 2 hours.

Plan B (middle of the road scenario)
Swim 25 minutes
T1 5 minutes
Bike 45 minutes
T2 5 minutes
Run 28 minutes
Finish time 1 hour 48 minutes

Plan A (pie in the sky scenario)
Swim 23 minutes
T1 4 minutes
Bike 43 minutes
T2 4 minutes
Run 27 minutes
Finish time 1 hour 41 minutes

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!!!finish 2

I finished in a total of 1 hour 22 minutes and 20 seconds! I beat out all my plans! (Again, less miles covered, but not THAT much!)

Swim: 19:26 min.
T1: 3:55 min.
Bike: 31.44 min. (even with the 6-8 min. stop)
T2: 1:35 min.
Run: 25:40

Now that is called being prepared!finish yell 1

Iron Girl Race Day Recap… The Run

As I was saying… the sun was shinning and the wind was at my back. Man-was I pumped. You would think one would be tired after swimming in a typhoon and riding a bike through a wind tunnel! Just kidding, it wasn’t all that bad, it was behind me now. I was smiling, laughing, yes tearing up, and chatting with the ladies along the route.

The route was fast and flat, a small turn around and then head back to the finish!

I have to say, I was pushing it. Didn’t need that Gu I had in my pocket, I was running off of pure excitement, Joy, and adrenaline!

I chatted with one or two ladies who were passing me, we said things like “you are awesome, keep it up!” and “See you at the finish line!”

Before I knew it the run was over! What the heck, the whole race was over! The race that I had prepared for for how many months, swimming many times a week, running, more times a week, and trying to bike as much as mentally possible. It all paid off, can I tell you (you probably already guessed this) but I am tearing up right now! I probably will each and every time I re-read these posts.

The excitement, the exhilaration, the joy of going through the finish line is so amazing, everyone in their life must once feel the feeling of working hard to complete a goal and then completing it, and completing it well. It is a feeling of a life time, it is addicting and it makes you say – I am ready for another!

I finished, man did I finish! I was so pumped with adrenaline I think I talked with over 50 women and met the winner. She was so nice! Competing in a race or sport that you love makes you a happy person. I swear. As Reese Witherspoon’s character ELLE WOODS in Legally Blonde put it “…exercise gives endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands!”

Happy people just don't kill their husbands!

Happy people just don’t kill their husbands!

Up next… my race times and how they compare to my pre race goals!

Banking, Training, Trainer, and a quick race recap (warning, I complain a little)

Rounding out the week of my 2nd and 3rd weeks of tri-training, I feel like this has been my schedule forever. I am really settling right in and seeing results as I bank training sessions into my bank of ‘TRI-TRUST.’ No, that is not a real bank, but where I put all my training and will withdraw when I complete the Athleta Iron Girl 2013 in September AND when I hit the pavement in Philly for my 5th Marathon.

I also hit up the personal trainer this week and ran a 10k race and scored a PR. (SEE, this is where my bankable training comes in handy)

I banked the following numbers.
Week #2
35 miles ran
2425 meters swam
1 hr and 50 min. bike
Riding (horseback) 1 hr
Turbo Fire 45, HIIT 15 and Tone 30

Week #3 (still in progress, but expected!)
35 miles ran
2750 meters swam
50 min. bike

In other news… I went to see my old friend and Personal Trainer Katie this week. She tested my balance and we found that my whole right side is TIGHT! This includes, my shoulder, my hip, and my calf. So I have been doing all the stretches she suggested and I have already felt differences in my range of motion.

Also, I ran the Good Neighbor Day race on July 4th or (should be better known as) INDEPENDENCE DAY!

The race offers a 5k, 10k, and 15k run and walking and kiddie races. It is a 3 loop course, each loop is a 5k.

I ran the 10k. I have run the 15k a few times but I had 7 miles on my schedule so I chose the 10k and did a 1 mile warm up at or near race pace to get the feel.

So, I’ll cut to the chase. It was 76 degrees, about 98% humidity, which made the race temp feel like 86 degrees. The course is all black-top, no shade to speak of, but they spray water and neighbors put on their hoses and sprinklers which is nice. The police are great and super helpful to anyone in need. There are always plenty of people cheering the runners on, which is also nice.

The race went off late, per usual. All the runners were yelled at and practically got finger wagged by some lady on stage telling us to all stop talking and to listen up. I would understand if the information was important and was goign to save my life on the race course, but it wasn’t! Just unneccesary, really.

OK, I just have to say it, this race is my least favorite race, but it is the ONLY race around on Independence Day and that is why I do it. (sorry)

The race started and we were off. Many ran out too fast. (It is a small town race, so it is a great time to learn your running lessons see https://erintris.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/starting-off-too-fast/.) I kept slowing myself down, telling myself that the heat will kill me on the second lap if I didn’t watch it. 5k was done and I was on my second lap. I waved and said good morning to the Police Chief as he went by and he did the same. (note: my sister’s family are good friends with the Chief and his family, they are good people.)

Second loop and I wanted to push it, I knew there was a slight hill coming up so I waited until I hit the 2nd to last water station, dropped the whole cup of water on my head and ran. I ended up with a negative split! (yes, that is 2 races in a row!) and got a PR 9:02mm. That is unofficial though, cause they chip time, but they chip time by the gun not by the individual. I knew though that it took me 51 seconds to get to the sensors. Am I the only one that bothers? Do I take the time I know I did it in or do I take the gun time?

Anyways, I felt great at the finish, had to walk at least .25 miles (or so it felt) to get to the water. Why would they do that on such a hot day? Everyone was still just standing at the finish line making it a mob scene chit chatting, standing in runners way, and not replying when I asked if they knew where I could get water. They just looked at me like a deer in head lights, anyways… races are fun and I am happy I completed it.

Did you complete in an Independence Day race?

Why (I think) I got a PR, 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon

Just too cute not to post!

Just too cute not to post!

I was talking about how I was so confused with the ‘taper’ and that I wasn’t sure what to do or why, but coming out of my last race (PR!) I think I have a slight handle on it. (phew)

The week before my 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Half Marathon PR I did the following workouts:

Monday: Rested, Tuesday: tempo 4 mile, Wednesday: Riding and Turbo Fire, Thursday: easy 5k race, Friday: Rest Saturday: Race Day!

What I ate: Veggies, Fruits, Rice, Quinoa, Fish, and Pasta [the night before]. My calorie intake was not much higher than normal but just enough. I drank Nuun  during the day and Mikes Recovery drink after workouts.
love fruit and veg

I slept: Great almost every night, kept a positive, no worry, no stress attitude about the whole thing and reminded myself of how much I loved the course. I did some light visualizing and a lot of positive self talk.the more i run

So what do I think took me to my PR? (in no specific order)

– The AMAZING constant unending love, support, and encouragement from my family and friends.
– Cross Training (Turbo Fire and Riding)
– Ate less than the past, but more carbs overall
– Less Stress, less planning, less worrying overall
– LOVE of the course and love of the sport
– Tempo runs
– Hydration

 

My finishers medal!

My finishers medal!

What do you think helps you do best at your races?