“You’re going to balloon…”

I’ve always been a food fan, and cycling has only enhanced that! For years and years, much before my love of cycling, people have been telling me that when I hit 30 my metabolism will slow down and I will put weight on. 

And so it turns out that the collision of my overtraining with my 30th birthday and indeed a big trip to the U.S. and Canada, may actually cause these people’s theories to have some degree of truth. 
I am not fat, nor is my BMI too high. My body fat is too high for a cyclist, but normal for a woman. However, when I caught a glimpse in the mirror last week, after several weeks of rest (but no change in diet), I was horrified. 
So, this is day four of my ‘diet’, I say ‘diet’ because my friends and family will tell me I don’t need to be on a diet. No, I probably don’t but I do need to eat the calories required and not double the calories required for the amount of effort I am putting into the day. At the moment that’s about 1650 calories according to MYFitnessPal.
I’m doing well at the moment, but it’s hard! Feeling hungry is hard! Resisting snacks is hard, eating less chocolate is hard…! But there is a sense of achievement at the end of the day. 
I would like to state at this point though, that there is absolutely zero chance that I am continuing this endeavour once I am over the pond! 

3 thoughts on ““You’re going to balloon…”

  1. You are right…..your friends will indeed say you don’t need to diet, especially this friend! Cutting down to the calorie amount you have said as per your ‘amendment’ article is a really really bad idea for you right now! You need the right balance of nutrients and such! Please don’t drop that low calorie wise unless you really are wanting to become a professional athlete….the consequences for your poor little self at the moment will be awful and you certainly won’t enjoy your holiday if you are feeling run down, lacking energy and full of every possible bug going because your immune system will be so low…..!


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