Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Double U Tee Eff

Weigh-In: 218.2 lbs!!!

218 pounds today. That's right, that's now over 10 pounds more than the weight I was maintaining for the last year. I know some of it has to be water weight. I've run 17 miles in the last 7 days, lifted weights twice. I beat the hell out of my legs running last Saturday outside and my calves are still pretty sore. My shoulders are sore because I've been doing my chest routine for a few weeks right now, mostly lifting to fail once a week. I think I've packed on some muscle in the past few months too because I can see it in my shoulders and chest.

My clothes still fit fine.

Other than being sore I feel great.

That said, some of that 10 pounds has got to be fat and I'm annoyed. As I've mentioned I've been working out a lot lately, but with that my hunger levels have been through the roof and the quality of the food I've been eating has not always been the best. I'm also drinking way too much coffee.

There is also supposedly the possibility I'm putting on weight because I have a kid on the way. I've heard of men eating more when their wives start eating more in pregnancy. Come to think of it, I don't think I've told any of my blog readers I have a baby on the way. Due July 19th! We don't know the sex yet.

Back to my weight, to make matters worse, some people's reaction when I tell them I put 10 pounds on is "great!". Yes, I still have certain friends and family who think I was too thin.

Meanwhile, I still have flab around the middle that I want gone.

My point is that it's hard to stay motivated to be in a weight loss mode when people are cheering you on for gaining weight, you're hungry all the time because you're working out so much, it's winter time, my dog died, the alignment of the sun is off..

Anyway, I just wanted to post to get some stuff off my mind, express my dissatisfaction and internal conflict with being 10 pounds heavier than a year ago (for whatever reason), and to come clean with what's going on. For anyone who thinks life is great once you loose a hundred pounds and you're below your goal weight, think again. This is a life long struggle!

I guess I probably need to do pictures again soon too..

Talk to you soon.

P.S. For anyone still out there, please stop on by Garth's page and help support him on his journey to get in shape.


billy said...

Dude, sorry to hear about your dog. But congrats on the kid!

As for the 10 lbs, that's the boat my brother and I found ourselves in on Jan 1. The good news is that it's only 20 days in and this morning I weighed in 9 pounds lighter than what I weighed on the 1st. So, dedicate a month to being hard core, it won't be that hard to take off. Believe me, I'm sure it will get MUCH harder once that kid comes a-poppin' out. (Sorry for the visual)

Brian said...

thanks Bill. My dog didnt really die, I was just making lame excuses for myself.

The thing with the weight loss is that it's a definite no no to be in a hardcore weight loss mode when training for a half marathon. But that said, I think that a lot of this has to be water. I've been doing some reading and it seems like a majority of runners actually put on weight when they start training for endurance events.

That said my eating does need to get better and I need to get back to weighing myself more often. I'm burning a lot of calories every day and I'm hungry, but I know i'm not always eating the right things. I think when I dial that in and my routine settles in a little bit then my weight will go down a bit.

Geoff said...

I've read a bit of research that shows that doing a lot of endurance training can cause you to gain weight due to the increase in the stress hormone cortisol which gets released due to the amount of physical activity your body is taking on. So you may want to look into ways to reduce other forms of stress in your life (I know it's gotta be hard with a little one on the way) to balance out the increased cortisol from your training. Just a thought. Congrats on the baby, by the way. Best of luck.