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2013-08-09 1:47 PM

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Subject: tri as motivation
I've gained and lost the same 20 pounds oh 3 or 4 times. I have no problem working out, my problem is portion size, stress eating, and snacking. I've always wanted to do a tri and not too long ago I told my sister that when I hit my goal weight I was going to do one. Before then I've never actually voiced it to anyone and then later I started thinking about it. You know, instead of waiting until I hit my goal weight to do a tri why not use training for a tri to help me hit my goal weight.

I have some time. I pick up my road bike later on today and have a target of early May for this first tri. I have to admit, so far thinking about how little that trisuit hides is helping me stay away from the potato chips.

2013-08-12 10:00 AM
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It works well as motivation, and make sure you sign for one and also tell everyone you know, that you have done so. It worked for me, not wanting to make a fool of myself in front of friends and family was a great motivator.

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2013-08-13 6:49 PM
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I'm fully convinced I would be back at 265 lbs if I didn't find racing. After losing weight, I got really bored of going to the gym for just staying healthy, but once I set out the goal to race and improve, I have no problem motivating myself to work out. It's kept my interest for 4 years and counting!

I'm trying this now as a motivation to lose my last 25 lbs - I want a new bike. My current one is perfectly fine but it's usually the cheapest on the rack at HIMs. I'm telling myself that I can't get my new bike until I lose the weight, so everytime there's a choice I have to make, it's "do I want this more than a new bike next year".
2013-08-19 8:37 AM
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There's a tri I want to do in early November. I did it a few years ago and finished in last place. I started training at the beginning of August and have already lost 9 pounds. This is exceptionally motivational to me and is going to keep me focused.

Not sure if I'll do the tri as my "swimming" is more like "move arms and legs to prevent drowning while swallowing as much pool water as possible to impede breathing". Even if I can't get my swimming improved, I can still do the dual and still stay focused and motivated!
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