Friday, May 22, 2009

1800-2000 calories a day?

It's my turn to worry that I won't stop losing weight. I'm still losing two pounds a week! Now, back in April, it was one lb. a week and I was okay with that because I still have some fat to get rid of, but I also wanted to move into maintenance. But then I decided to train for a Half-ironman in the Fall and that means more workouts. More workouts means more calories burned. More calories burned means my weight loss picked up again just when I was hoping to slow it down.

The end result is that I'm getting kind of scrawny on top even though I still have about five pounds of fat I'd like to get rid of on the bottom.

Obviously, I need to eat more, but the volume of my food is comfortable to me as is my frequency of eating and what I'm eating. I am still restricting myself somewhat and I guess I should stop that. But I don't want to add in a bunch of junk or start cooking everything in butter instead of PAM. So I need to figure out a way to add in more calories that is healthy and doesn't have me eating every 1-2 hours either.

My spreadsheets say I need to eat 1800-2000 calories a day to not lose. That just seems insane to me. I guess that's what happens when you decide to train for a Half-Ironman. But I can't see backing off from that goal just because I don't feel like eating more. So I guess I'll have to figure out a way to do it.

The ironic thing is that I used to eat that much on a regular basis and, not only did it seem fine to me, but I was often hungry! Too bad there wasn't a way to magically remove my weight so I could start doing triathlons. Then I wouldn't have had to have surgery. But, of course, I needed the surgery to get down to a weight were I could start doing triathlons. Not to mention, I needed to get rid of the ghrelin so I would want to do triathlons.

I'm sure it will all work out though. I have a tendency to be a worry wart. Plus Dr. Awesome always has great advice and I see him in two weeks for my nine month follow-up. 

He already told me at this week's support group meeting that I need to start heavy weight training. I kind of already knew that so this weekend I'm going to join ClubSport and start up with a trainer. You know, like I've been threatening to do for, oh, three months now. But this time I mean it!
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