See here the lovely Lesley Paterson - two time XTerra World Champion and all sorts of other triathlon successes as a pro athlete. My god she's buff! Look at those thighs, biceps, calves and abs! Now I know I have some pretty mean muscles myself (albeit a tiny bit depleted in the arms due to lack of being allowed to do stuff), but they're fairly well hidden under a layer of reasonably thick fat.
6-8kg fat is a lot of fat. Really a lot. Fat isn't particularly dense, so volume-wise that's quite big. And that means I have problems with clothes that are in any way structural (e.g. bras, belts, things with waist-bands) in that the structural bits dig in to the fat bits and make it look awful (sausages!). Plus, dammit, since I got fit, I got vain! I liked looking almost good in clothes - sports or otherwise - I was hovering around the 20% body fat mark! And 6-8kg of fat is, well, 6-8kg of extra weight to be schlepping around and slowing me down when running, for example. (Hello Thames Turbo half marathon in less than a month's time.)
|(is it me, or does Ms 30% look a lot better than Ms 25%?)|
And then there's the festive seasons... my birthday, Halloween, Bonfire Night, pre-Christmas, Christmas, post-Christmas, New Year... all great excuses to pork-out/drink lots but also great excuses to dress up in nice clothes that I don't look so hot in right now. Wah!
So, do I call truce on myself and accept that I don't -need- to lose body fat at the moment as I'm neither unhealthily overweight (and inactive), nor does my livelihood depend on it, and the mental benefits of being less than strict might be good for me? Or do I start to put some effort in, stick to calorie deficit, lock things down and drop those pounds? (WLR reckons 3rd Feb to hit the top of my race weight window if I stick to 500kcals deficit per day and a 500g weight loss per week) Given that I will want to focus a lot more and the mental effort required to do that 100% almost daily only lasts for so long (6-7 months in my experience) do I want to fritter that mental energy away now when I've got races up until the middle of November next year?
What to do?