Book Giveaway Winners + Update

Congrats to Amanda at Food Exercise Express, Holly at The Balance Broadand Debbie H. for each winning a copy of Marya Hornbacher’s “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia”!

Please email me your addresses so I can get those books out to you.

Other notes… I’m feeling totally discombobulated. My parents came up from Florida to visit/stay with us on Saturday. They left yesterday afternoon. We hosted 20+ people at our house for brunch on Father’s Day. My kids are done school and camp doesn’t start until Monday, so they are home and require entertainment. With all that going on and no routine or schedule, I am completely out of sorts. I haven’t had time to post or read posts/comment and I hate when that happens.

But to give you a quick update…. the triathlon training is going well. My biggest challenge, as I knew going in, is the swim portion. I have 7-1/2 weeks to be able to swim the 1/4 mile distance w/out stopping. When I first started training a little over five weeks ago, after one lap I had to heave for air. Now I can do four laps before needing an oxygen tank. I need to work my way up to 16 laps without a break, though I will shoot for more than that because I want to feel as comfortable as possible in the water in case there are any mishaps like people kicking me or whacking me in the head. I don’t want to lose my composure in the water and flounder around.

I’m still struggling with the eating more for training, as opposed to following the IE path and eating because I’m hungry. As I said before, I feel like I’m walking a dangerous line here. I don’t want to slip back to the “dark” side. It is scary for a recovering compulsive overeater to have some carte blanche with eating without taking advantage of the situation and falling back into my old ways. I’m definitely eating more, hopefully with the right thought process. Tomorrow I’m due to get on the scale for my now twice-a-month weigh in, so I should have a better idea of how the additional eating is affecting my weight.

Throw into the mix that I saw my doctor yesterday and for the next few weeks, we are experimenting with some medications I’m on. It will be interesting to see if my appetite, training and just things in general are affected by the experiement. Should be fun!

I feel like after starting off on a high note, that this turned into a downer post, sorry ’bout that.

One Day at a Time... Nurture myself... Awareness... Letting Go... Listen to my Body

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14 Responses, Leave a Reply
  1. Kyle
    24 June 2010, 7:40 pm

    Your swimming progress is great! I know I couldn’t do it. I know how you feel about eating more while training. I’ve been eating like I’ve been running more regularly than I actually have been. I think the scale is starting to notice…doh!
    Kyle´s last blog post ..Guest Post for Seth @ Fit with a Purpose


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, kyle! months ago i would have said i couldn’t do the swimming either, so never say never!

    we’ll see if my scale is noticing too! =)


  2. amanda
    24 June 2010, 7:41 pm

    I went ahead and emailed you my address. I am looking forward to reading this book. 🙂

    Wow, your weekend seemed pretty stressful. It is good to hear your training is still going good for your triathlon. I am not a swimmer so I can only imagine how hard it is.

    I have been running into the same problem with my increased running that I have been doing. It is hard to find that balance with food and exercise. I actually went to bed last night and had to get out of bed to get another snack because my stomach was still growling. I realized that I was truly hungry and allowed myself something to help my hunger. I was proud of myself for not digging into the peanut butter jar or eating another trigger food (these can led myself into major binges). Good luck to you!
    amanda´s last blog post ..Busy Busy Busy


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    got your address, enjoy the book!

    trust me, up until 5-1/2 weeks ago when i got in the pool and swam my first 10 laps, i would have never called myself a swimmer either. i am determined!

    sounds like you truly listened to what your body needed last night. bonus that you didn’t eat any of your triggers!! progress!!!


  3. Karen @ Waisting Time
    24 June 2010, 8:19 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how you can be fit for one type of exercise but not another!? I am sure I would struggle to finish one lap of a pool. I remember those days of young kids home for the summer. At times I have to say I resented the crimp they through in my school-year routine. And I missed the peace and quiet. I only have my youngest home this summer and he is 17 so we have different issues, like poor hubby who stays up each night to wait for son to come home and is sooo tired.
    Karen @ Waisting Time´s last blog post ..Choose This Not That


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    yep, i have definitely wondered how i could be “in shape” but find swimming so challenging.

    i do miss the peace and quiet, as well as the regular routine. but i feel a bit selfish thinking that. =(

    i know those “waiting up” years aren’t too far ahead of us, i’m lucky that my husband is a night owl. =)


  4. Jody - Fit at 52
    24 June 2010, 8:24 pm

    Not a downer post.. you are blogging your life & that is why we stop by!

    Your training sounds great! I am in awe! Not something I plan to do anytime soon. I will find another challenge! 🙂

    Sounds to me that you are very aware of your eating & what you need to do for you so a good thing! Hope the doc stuff goes well!!!!
    Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog post ..I’m Getting Personal!!!


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, jody! i have started dvr’ing ironmans to watch, talk about being in awe!!!!

    i am definitely aware, i just hope i’m making good choices.


  5. Sarah
    25 June 2010, 2:05 pm

    I do not feel like this turned into a downer post at all, you are sharing about where you are in your life and particularly with your intuitive eating and your training. That is a huge aspect of your life and I think it’s something we are all interested in hearing about. It’s definitely a tricky road to walk with the intuitive eating and the way you are training and I think it’s great how you are keeping an eye on it. A big part of intuitive eating is listening to your body, and you are doing just that. Good luck with your doctor and your medication!


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for your support, sarah. you are right, it is very tricky. i have too much going on at once. i just need to take it one day at a time and try to listen to my body the best that i can without crossing back over that fine line.


    Gillian Reply:

    Thought you might like this quote: “I recommend you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves”- Earl of Chesterfield
    Sounds like you are doing a great job! You could let the need for extra food keep you from training for the event, but you are striving for something better! Good for you! Does it help to make sure the extra food you eat is highly nutrient dense?


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i like that quote, gillian, thanks!
    i am trying to make good choices by picking highly nutrititious foods, but the truth is, it’s not always the case.

  6. Holly
    29 June 2010, 8:51 am

    Oh my gosh! I am so excited! Thank you SO Much! Emailing you my address now. 🙂

    “Now I can do four laps before needing an oxygen tank” – LOL! Gosh, swimming is HARD – there is no doubt about it. It’s amazing how much harder it is (for me, and I think a lot of people) to swim, even when you’re aerobically “fit” in other areas. But it sounds like you are making great progress!
    Holly´s last blog post ..AND She Cooks- too-


    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you are so welcome!

    i know, i had no idea swimming would be so hard, cuz i did think i was aerobically fit. i’m in week 6 of my 12 week training program and it is very slowly getting easier. today i actually did three sets of 8 laps without stopping during the eight. progress! i swim twice a week, that is what most of the training guides say, so hopefully i’m doing everything right.


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