A few weeks ago, I wrote about leaving Weight Watchers in search of a program more appropriate for my goals. These days, at age 60, I’ve decided to take athletics and fitness seriously. I want to continue to improve in running; I am trying out the sport of triathlon (because I’m cross-training with cycling and swimming anyway, as a way to keep fit and balance my muscles without getting injured) (and because I’m hoping it will be fun). Yes, I’m sixty, so I’m late to this. (I regret having given up my competitive running back in my twenties, but I couldn’t run and have the jobs I had then–so the running went. Intriguingly, I’ve recently been reading a history of the early days of women’s running, and at the time I thought I was slow, but really, I wasn’t that slow, so I’m hoping I can become not that slow again. Back then, I was running with a pretty fast crowd. Some of the women I ran with went on to hold records.)
Weight Watchers is not a good place for an athlete. That’s my opinion. Feel free to ignore.
I like to read blogs, and my blog reading lead me to SwimBikeMom’s blog. SBM is a triathlete who started out at 265 pounds and is now way more fit and way less heavy than that. And a lot faster than she used to be. She’s way younger than I am, and probably cuter. None of that matters, since she is also obsessive about becoming more fit. She’s teamed with a nutritionist to create a whole-person-nutrition approach for triathletes, for any endurance athlete, including cyclists, runners, long-distance swimmers. It’s my opinion that we dog agility handlers also benefit from endurance training. Agility is a long day of walking interspersed with sprints.
The program is called SwimBikeFuel (because we need fuel for our endurance endeavors). It’s a one-month series of daily lessons and a very active Facebook group where the nutritionist answers questions early and often. It’s very expensive, probably overpriced… but.
Why but? Well, because I haven’t felt this good in months, I’m running and cycling and swimming strong, I’ve lost three pounds in the last month, and I’m eating more food, too. There are subtleties here, and the program deals with the subtleties. It’s not (really not) one-size-fits-all.
If you’re interested, you can check it out at this link. If you decide to sign up, use my name (Diana) and tell them I sent you, please.