I set my goal, counted points, calories, and even sometimes carbs and lost my first 30lbs. I added more exercise and discovered that I really loved running. I started weight training - to keep from hurting myself while I was running - and saw the next 30lbs go...but at half the rate of the first. Still with my goal in mind, and a new athletic skill set in hand, I set out for that magic number. I was pretty sure at that point that I wanted to look like this:
But what I found out along the way is that I REALLY like this exercise thing. A year ago, I did a round of P90X and loved pumping some iron! I have found the sport of triathlon to be fabulously challenging, and would love to loose another 15lbs for one reason and one reason only:
To go faster. I want to be leaner. I want more muscle. More POWER!
I figured out that what I really want is to
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For me - I will continue to chase a number - but this time it's body fat percentage. My first goal is to reduce by 7%. That should bring me down to a better point for muscle performance. The better I can perform, the more calories I burn. Did you know muscle burns way more calories than fat? Mm-hm...it's true. Give me more of that!
The body will always adapt to the demands placed on it. For better or for worse. It just takes time. God willing, I've got plenty of that.
And - here's one more of Chrissie on the bike - just because I want to: