Taking an Honest Look

by Mary DeLaney 7

Sometimes we just have to take two steps back and take a good, honest look at ourselves, whether it is an inner investigation or a good look in the mirror. So, yes, I am an Athleta athlete. I consider it an honor to be able to communicate with the Athleta community. I am a multisport athlete, but since my severe ski accident in January 2009, I have been able to bike, swim, hike, kayak and ski, but not with the intensity to which I am accustomed.

But, somehow I continued to eat as if I was still working out as usual. Hmmm? I noticed after a year or so, that some of my clothes weren’t really fitting the way they usually did, but it wasn’t “that bad.” Then we went to Italy for a month. Yes, we were biking almost daily, but not “hammering,” as we would have been typically doing. Still, I was enjoying the local cuisine, without a thought. (OK, I had a few thoughts, but pushed them to the back of my mind.)

So, when I got home I got on the scale. Wake up and smell the pounds! Back in 1977 I used Weight Watchers to lose 30 lbs, so I knew it worked. That weigh-in was at the end of June. Today (Sept 6) I have lost 13 lbs with a couple more to go. I feel great and the weight loss should make running on my busted-up leg a whole lot more possible.

So, weight loss was really about being honest and taking a good look at myself. I didn’t like what I saw and decided to do something about it. And frankly, I am really proud of that honesty. Another piece of honesty about dieting, and changing the basic way that you eat, is portion control. I like the phrase, “If you bite it, you write it.” Keep a food log. Write down EVERYTHING you eat. After all, the balance between calorie intake and energy output equals either weight gain or weight loss.

The only downside of this is that many of my older Athleta clothes are too big for me now. Oh darn, got to go shopping again!

Mary DeLaney is a triathlete, skier, kayaker, hiker, sailor, and scuba diver who runs a coaching and rehabilitation business, called Rehab to Racing, that she started with her husband. Rehab to Racing helps injured athletes get back to their sports… {more}