Well, I'm one week in on the re-commitment to dropping the pounds and I'm thrilled with the first weeks results. I'm down to 196, a 2.4 pound loss since last week and a total of 48.4 lost.
The thing that is the biggest challenge for me is fueling my training while still keeping a calorie deficit. This was my big stumbling block over the spring and summer and the reason I put weight loss on a back burner. Now, weight loss is on a front burner, and if I have to I'm willing to let my training suffer a little bit.
The key parts of that sentence is "if I have to" and "a little bit".
This week, my focus has been on eating a balanced diet while maintaining a calorie deficit. I view this as basically separate from my training. I allow myself to be hungry frequently. I've learned in the last couple years that I don't lose weight unless I'm hungry sometimes. When I listen to and follow all my hunger signals, I simply maintain the weight I'm at.
Then when it comes to my workouts, I fuel those separately. I usually have a small snack beforehand - something like a banana. (I don't do well with too much in my stomach while running or swimming anyways. Biking allows me a bit more leeway, but not much.) If it's a longer workout (longer then 1.5 - 2 hours), I'll drink gatorade and possibly take a gel or eat some food during it. When possible, I time it to be done so I'm eating a meal afterwards. If not, I have something small to eat afterwards to aid recovery.
I don't stress about the extra calories I take in surrounding my training. I know very well that training uses fuel and that's not where I'm trying to get my calorie deficit from. I still want to perform to the best of my ability and I can't do that without sufficient calories.
One week in, I'll call it a success! I do find it a tricky balancing act, so I'd like to only be in weight loss mode until January. At that point, I'll be stepping up training again.