About Me and My Goals

For almost 12 years, I was a competitive swimmer.  I could eat whatever I wanted because I was training at least 15 hours a week in and out of the pool.  After an unsuccessful attempt at swimming in college, I stopped swimming competitively and my eating habits didn’t adjust accordingly.  I quickly gained the “freshman 15”, and about 10-15 pounds just about every year after that.

Last fall, my husband and I decided to train for a triathlon.  I felt like it was going to be the answer to my eating/diet issues.  It wasn’t.  I fell into the “I’m working out, I can eat whatever I want” trap.  And, the truth was, I couldn’t.  I was eating all of the wrong things and it showed.  When I told people that I was going to do I triathlon I felt as though they were thinking to themselves, “How could she possibly complete a triathlon?”  I hated where I was.

So, I decided to change my ways.  It is no longer just about the training, it is the whole package.  I’m not holding anything back.  I need to do this for my future health and happiness.

I know that I have to improve my relationship with food – I have to learn to really love it for what it can do for me, not just as something I put into my body that tastes good, but as something that I use as fuel.  I’ve suffered through disordered eating and emotional eating.  It’s time to break the cycle!  Food is something that I need in order to live.  I love cooking and finding healthy alternatives for food, and I can’t wait to incorporate my past cooking into my new healthy lifestyle.

It’s time to be a good role model for the athletes I train.  I hate telling them they should eat better when I don’t do it myself.  I want to be able to say, with confidence, that I could do the workout I am giving them.  And, someday (soon!) I will be able to!

Why blog my journey?  I’ve learned that I can stay on track a little bit better when I write things down.  And, maybe I can connect with others who have the same issues.

My goals are to bring down my weight to a healthy weight and be a competitor in future triathlons.  It’s not about a fad diet or something that’s going to work right now – it’s about finding balance and not depriving myself of anything.  It is about finding a solution that will last the rest of my life.

I know it’s not going to be easy, but I’m at a point where I can’t let this go on any further.  I need to be a good role model and be happy and healthy again.


5 Responses

  1. Just found your blog…and I am happy I did! I trained for and did my first sprint tri this summer. I am always trying to improve my fitness, lose some weight and move forward. I will be following along as you work on your triathlon goals as well!!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading more of yours:)

  3. Same thing happened to me. I was a FOUR season athlete: fall = field hockey; winter = indoor track; spring = outdoor track; summer = softball. Seriously, my husband wonders why I wasn’t a lesbian! 😀

    I used to eat Suzy-Q’s for breakfast, pizza lunches with fries and two giant chocolate chip cookies, hit the food court after practice and STILL eat dinner! I was 116 pounds when I stopped field hockey in college and got a desk job.

    Before I knew it, I was 210 pounds! One day I got in my car and my stomach actually touched the steering wheel and I was the only one who drove that car!

    I lost 70 pounds and kept that off for 7 years until I started taking insulin – then it was “I can eat fries again because I’ll just take more insulin!” Wait, you mean I can add bacon and cheese for just .99 cents? Okay!

    Now if I could just set down my nightly glass of wine! 😀

    • Congrats on losing the weight and keeping it off!! It’s nice to hear from someone who’s dealt with some of the same issues. I’m sure you have a few tips for me. Please share them if you do! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Congrats on going for the triathlon! I’m going to be going for my first triathlon sometime this summer as well. So far it’s been a fun experience but it has been work trying to get prepared for it.

    Best of luck to you in your goals! I’ll be checking back to see how you do!

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