No pain no gain?

Training and not losing weight? In fact gaining weight? Sound familiar? This was my story whilst training for Ironman a few years back. No doubt I was fit and strong and ready to race. But I was also soft around the middle and carrying 5kgs more than I should have.

Why? I don’t have all the answers, but I’m coming closer…..two key factors stand out for me: stress and nutrition.

Stress: Not enough recovery, insufficient sleep, not recognizing and accounting for daily work and living stress on top of a hectic training programme. Stress also in the form of training intensity – too many sessions done too hard, and the hard sessions not done hard enough.

Nutrition: Eating more than necessary, and fueled predominantly on carbohydrates. Food became my crutch to get through sessions and then to reward the effort.

I’m getting a lot more right – with both the stress and nutrition – and have subsequently lost the pesky 5kgs. But it is a work in progress to stay in tune with what is happening in and around my body, and not just plug myself blindly into a training programme or eating plan.

This is why I found the article below an interesting read…

6 Training mistakes that lead to weight gain – Women’s Running article by Jessica Migala – published 5 Nov 2015; updated 16 May 2016

 

11 Books by Inspirational Women

I have just read Siri Lindley‘s book “Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly”. A great read to start the year off! I then came across this article, which lists 11 books by badass women, which you should read…

11 Books by Badass women you should read now! An article by Elizabeth McCourt @ecmccourt as published by the Huffington Post 11 November 2016

Here is her list….

  1. Alison Levine –On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments
  2. Amy Schumer –The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
  3. Brene Brown –Rising Strong
  4. Dorie Clark –Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build A Following Around It
  5. Elizabeth Gilbert –Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
  6. Faith Salie –Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much
  7. Gabby Bernstein –The Universe Has Your Back
  8. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman –The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know
  9. Mindy Kaling –Why Not Me?
  10. Shonda Rhimes –Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  11. Siri Lindley –Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly

Happy reading – my you too be inspired!