Sooo……problem. Or more like, help me prevent a problem in the “Adventures of Dating an Ironman” world! As I’ve mentioned before, my bf is training for his second Ironman. He’s awesome and it’s actually really neat to be part of his training process. Even though I’m not training for anything, being so close to someone who is has been an adventure for me too.
It’s race season again. In the past two months, his training has picked up quite a bit. Every Saturday, he leaves around 6am (yes, I’m still in bed!) and goes out for a 90-mile bike ride with his team (plus some running thrown in too!). And on Sundays, it’s a 10-14 mile run plus an hour or so of swimming. His race isn’t until November, so the mileage will only increase. He’s doing great and he’s way less tired after a workout than he was last year, which means he’s in much better shape.
In the past 7 weeks, he’s lost 6 pounds. Not very surprising considering he’s working out so much. But for someone who doesn’t need to lose weight and loses it easily (LUCKY), he has to be careful to consume enough calories to make up for it.
Makes total sense. He hasn’t been eating very much lately. And of course, you’re losing weight if you’re working out that much!
It’s actually a good thing because it will make him faster. BUT, he has to be careful not to keep losing at this rate.
So to compensate, he’s been doing “little things.” On Sunday, he came home with a cheesecake. He topped it with whipped cream and chocolate sauce (not healthy, but yes, high-cal). He bought those mint oreos that I love so much. Making extra pb&j sandwiches. He’s been requesting milkshakes. And higher caloric meals.
We discussed this at date night last night at a fun gourmet pizza spot in my neighborhood.
So, the problem?
I don’t want to gain weight! It happened last year. The more he trained and ate, the more I was around junky foods (chips, etc) and the more I ate. “Sure, I’d love a few bites of your chocolate cake!” “Sure, let’s split an appetizer.” It’s a vicious (but delicious) cycle!
I don’t want to sound all fearful of food or anything, cause I’m not. I just want to anticipate having all this extra food around enough not to gain another 5 pounds + over the summer. Hoping to prevent a prob before it becomes one!
So a plan? Here’s the 3 things that come to mind….
- What’s Yours Isn’t Mine: Sometimes my willpower works best if I have a “Don’t even start” rule where all the extra foods are off-limits. Otherwise, one chip becomes 6 chips (a serving!) and one bite becomes a whole slice. If a box of crackers are sitting there, I’ll snack on them…..unless, I have a “Don’t even start” mantra. It’s tough though.
- Eat My Veggies. Buy extra veggies and fill up on those. He’s a self-proclaimed “supertaster.” He really dislikes veggies (see an early post I wrote about it here), so he doesn’t eat many of them. But for me, making sure I have extra can balance a smaller portion of something higher on the calorie side.
- Don’t Compare. Make sure not to compare my portion sizes to his. I’ll ALWAYS feel like I’m not eating much if I compare my plate to his. He’s eating enough for 3 teenage boys! So even if I eat half as much, it’s still way to much! Just focus on my plate, my portions, and eat slow.
So essentially, I’m hoping his loss won’t be my gain……on the scale that is!
Okay, so tell me your advice!!!
– Anyone in a similar situation?
– How do you listen to your own hunger and not snack when there’s a lot of good “unhealthy” food around?
– Any healthy high-calorie meal ideas for him?