Thursday, July 23, 2009

Getting back in the groove

I can't believe how hard it's been to get back into the groove after my vacation.

While on vacation, computer access was limited so I just wrote down my food and didn't put it online. So I had no idea how I did until I got back. I also didn't workout much. I had planned to do a workout every day before the race, but it just didn't happen.

I did okay on the food, it turns out. Up until the race, I was eating no more calories than normal. But, as the week went on, I didn't make my protein goals most days. Now, to some extent, this was part of the plan -- I was trying to do a bit of carbo-loading before the race. But it also wasn't part of the plan because I wasn't really thinking about what I was eating, but eating "whatever I wanted". My fat count went pretty high too.

Interestingly enough, my carb counts were fine. Until the race. Race day I burned tons of calories, of course, and ate a lot, but not as many as I burned. But my carbs were through the roof due to the sports drinks. Again, this is according to plan and hasn't been an issue in the past.

The next day we went home.

Where I expected to get right back into my routine. But it's been hard. I've been eating a lot more every day than I was before I left and some of it is not hunger-based eating. My carb count is slowly rising each day too.

I've also been skipping some workouts. Again, this is somewhat according to plan as I usually take it easy the week after a race. But I was surprised how hard it was to make myself to go track on Tues. and swim on Wed.

It's like taking a week off from my normal routines has completely killed them. I've seen this happen to other people, but I didn't think it would happen to me!

Anyway, I hope to be back in the groove by the end of the week. I'm happy that not closely monitoring my eating worked fine while on vacation, but less happy that my eating seems out of control now.

I think I got into the mode of thinking that I swore I wouldn't -- that I can eat anything I want because of all my workouts. But, of course, this week and last I didn't work out as much, and also I'm burning less and less calories with each workout as I get more fit.

For some reason I'm not in a big panic though. I'm not sure what that is exactly, but maybe how well I did in Tahoe is giving me confidence that I can work this out eventually even if I'm going trough some rough spots right now.
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