Training & Eating Update + First Photo

Just checking in so you know I’m still around and kicking.

The triathlon is in just under four weeks now. I am sitting on the edge of my seat reading about Rita of The Giggly Bits as she is writing about her first triathlon experience.

I’m still finding the swim harder than the running and biking, but I guess that is only natural as I’ve only been swimming four eight weeks and have been running for over 13 years. The biking so far just seems comfortable to me, I guess because all of my cardio up until now has been involving my legs. My training schedule called for some swim sprints yesterday morning and oddly enough, I found them enjoyable. It was good to know that I could kick it up a gear.

My eating has gotten back to my new-since-march-IE “normal”. I took off the weight I put on during all those dessert buffets I was faced with a few weeks ago. As goofy as it sounds, I did some daily affirmations in the mirror after the events/buffets were over and I felt like that was helpful. I am back to honoring my hunger and my body.

Here is a photo of me (that the race people took) at the end of the duathlon. I have the timing chip around my ankle and I am just crossing the mat at the finish line. (Sorry, not the greatest photo, our scanner isn’t working.)

And oh, last but not least, I am the grateful recipient of a blog award, which I will happily pay forward later this week or next week.

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  1. Rita @ The Giggly Bits
    21 July 2010, 5:54 pm

    Oh tri suit envy! Holy cow, I LOVE it you look so pro!
    I’m liking the idea of swim intervals, that might spice it up a bit. Oh yea, you’re back in your groove too, I have a post tomorrow about the same thing, interesting…
    Rita @ The Giggly Bits´s last blog post ..First Time Triathlon Finisher – The Run

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! thanks! i bought that off ebay actually. thank goodness it fit! =) i felt a little funny wearing something so colorful as a first timer, but oh well, i got over it.

    looking forward to reading your post about your getting back into the groove too.

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  2. Karen @ Waisting Time
    21 July 2010, 6:06 pm

    I am glad to hear it is going well. And I was just in awe reading Rita’s posts; I soooo could not do what you both are doing. Okay – let me rephrase that because I suspect you would respond and tell me that I COULD:) I soooo don’t want to put my body through the pain. Better? So is that a special swim/running outfit? Sometimes on our bike rides we see a guy running a very strange outfit that my husband tells me is for just that purpose.
    Karen @ Waisting Time´s last blog post ..The Never Ending Journey

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    rita did amazing, didn’t she!?!? i was hanging on every word she wrote as her race is four weeks ahead of me and we are both newbies to triathlons.

    lol! yes, you could do it, IF you wanted to.

    yup, that is called a tri suit and it’s made to take you from the swim to the bike to the run without having to ever change clothes. i do need to wear a sports bra underneath cuz there is no support for the girls in there. there is also some padding in the seat for the bike portion. tmi? =)

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    Rita @ The Giggly Bits Reply:

    We call them camel toe shorts 🙂
    Rita @ The Giggly Bits´s last blog post ..First Time Triathlon Finisher – The Run

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! yikes, do i look like i have camel toe in the photo?

  3. Alicia at Poise in Parma
    21 July 2010, 6:55 pm

    You look so happy in that picture! (hahaha hilarious, I know)

    I’m with ya on the daily affirmations. Everyday I’ve been writing down a quote or saying to inspire me. I think it’s working. Glad to hear you are honoring yourself the way you should 🙂
    Alicia at Poise in Parma´s last blog post ..ten things this tuesday- pasta alla carbonara

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i truly lol’d when i read your comment!
    i felt funny doing the daily affirmations, but wow, it was kind of neat to look myself right in the eye and really talk to myself. a very interesting dynamic that i don’t think i’ve ever tried before. glad to know i’m not the only one! =)

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  4. amanda
    21 July 2010, 7:06 pm

    What did you say in your daily affirmations? I am just curious because somethiing like this might help me. I am going to have a crazy weekend when I go home to visit my family and attend a family reunion. Italians sure know how to eat and I know that there will be tons of food pushers there!
    amanda´s last blog post ..Summertime Treats

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    gosh, i think i basically looked myself squarely in the eye and reminded myself how far i’ve come and that i was not about to let myself go back to the uncontrollable eating. i told myself that i was much stronger and much more powerful than the food. i told myself that it was time to get back to making good choices and listening to my body, that eating when i was full was just not acceptable, that i was stronger than that. i reminded myself that going back to the world of 30 seconds of enjoyment was not worth feeling crappy about for hours afterwards and it certainly wasn’t worth gaining weight over. i told myself that what i had been doing had to stop and stop right now.

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    Gillian Reply:

    Thank-you for sharing those! I’m in a bit of a yo yo right now and really want to get totally back on track. Affirmations like that might really help. Got to think before I eat…that’s the hard part. Thanks again for your blog and all your responses, it’s all MUCH appreciated!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you are so welcome! give it a try, you never know what will work. i have been wanting to meditate, but the affirmations seemed to be easier and took less time for me.
    thanks for stopping by, gillian!

  5. Melinda Neely
    21 July 2010, 7:08 pm

    You need to share a bit more about the swim sprints. Maybe they’ll help me, too!

    Keep up the good work. Affirmations can be helpful for lots of reasons.
    Melinda Neely´s last blog post ..Dynamic versus Static Stretching – What You Need to Know

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it was just part of my training schedule… i had to do 4×25 sprints with 30 seconds of rest in between. that was after already swimming 200m and then i swam another 100m after the sprints. i realized that the sprints are just like when you sprint in running, it trains the muscles to act quickly and will hopefully strengthen them as well.
    thanks for your support, melinda!

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  6. Food Addict
    21 July 2010, 8:36 pm

    You look great – so strong and healthy! That must be such a great feeling!

    What are the daily affirmations you’re talking about? Probably something I should try…

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, thanks! i did feel strong and healthy during the run, not so much during the swim. 🙁

    i wrote about the affirmations below in response to amanda if you don’t mind scrolling down to read them…

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  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet
    21 July 2010, 10:28 pm

    Four weeks? Wow, time is marching on! I thought we still had months to prepare for this thing. I have no idea what I’m even going to wear that day. What does one wear to send cosmic strength and tenacity vibes across the miles? Probably something white and floaty. 🙂
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..I’ve Come a Long Way- Baby

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol!! cosmic strength and tenacity – i will definitely need those things!!! white and floaty, whatever it takes! 🙂

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  8. Jody - Fit at 52
    22 July 2010, 8:28 am

    You go with those affirmations!!!!!!!!!!! You deserve them!

    I am so proud of you for doing this! I have no desire but will search out other challenges! 🙂 You, you are brave!

    You look great!
    Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog post ..Stretching – Do You &amp Are You Being Safe

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks for all the kind words, jody! the affirmations were more like telling myself that i wasn’t going to fall back to my old disordered ways, but that is what i needed to ‘hear’ at that time.

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  9. Lisa
    22 July 2010, 12:22 pm

    You look so healthy and strong!!!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    aw, thank you!! i felt a heck of a lot stronger during the run than i did the swim though. 🙂

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  10. Sagan
    22 July 2010, 12:56 pm

    Ooh a glimpse of what you look like! How exciting 🙂

    You are going to ROCK that triathlon. From what I’ve heard from other people who are triathloners, swimming tends to be most peoples’ toughest part… it seems like most start out as runners, then add the biking for cross-training purposes, and then figure they might as well add the swimming. I love that mentally: “because I already do x and y, I might as well throw z in there too and start racing!”. Hurray for exercise!
    Sagan´s last blog post ..Product Review- Align Digestive Care Probiotic Supplement

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    yup, that is pretty much the mentality i had too, except i was never a swimmer and always said i would never do a triathlon because of that. however, when i got an email a few months ago from the organization that helps kids with body image in helping to prevent eating disorders, i felt like it was time to step out of my comfort zone and really challenge myself. challenging it has certainly been!!! thanks for your support!

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  11. Michelle@Eatingjourney
    23 July 2010, 2:51 am

    You rule..and are ripped lady friend.
    Michelle@Eatingjourney´s last blog post ..In Love

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    yikes, are my clothes torn? lol! thank you, you are very kind.

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  12. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin'
    25 July 2010, 2:07 am

    Great job on the duathlon! I think you’re so brave for training for a tri– the swim AND bike portions scare me!! (I have a history of bike crashes!) Guess I’ll be sticking to just running for now!

    Good luck with your training!
    Megan @ Healthy Hoggin’´s last blog post ..Friday Night Splurging

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, megan! i think crazy, rather than brave, may be the right word =). the swim scares me the most, but with each week of training i’m getting a little more confident. i pray that i don’t crash on my bike. i’m certainly not used to biking closely with other people besides my kids! =). thanks for your support!!

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  14. Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl
    03 August 2010, 2:09 pm

    Girl you look great!!!!! I’m so proud of you for doing this and succeeding!
    Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog post ..Have you seen what my blender bottle can do

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks so much, bobbie!

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  15. Yum Yucky
    11 August 2010, 2:24 pm

    that is the happy face I’ve ever seen race-running. How do you do it, woman?
    Yum Yucky´s last blog post ..When Floor-Eating Goes Terribly Wrong

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! what can i say, i was just so happy it was over. =)

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