It’s summertime! Which means that life is a lot easier – my schedule is free, healthy fruits and veggies are plentiful, and I have nothing but time to work on this goal. Success is practically guaranteed – all I need to do is follow through with my actions. My re-assessment meeting with my surgeon was on Friday, June 8th, which just so happened to also be my last day of school before summer vacation, making Fridays the perfect day to weigh-in. So throughout the summer, I’ll be giving Friday progress updates called Successful Summer Weigh-Ins.
It’s hard to believe that eight weeks have passed already! There are only two weeks left of my summer vacation (and yes, I realize that two weeks off is all that some people get all year, so my grumbling is borderline ridiculous). I expected to have more weight off by now, imagining that I could easily lose 3 lbs/ week, but that was somewhat unrealistic of me. The truth is, I still struggle to deal with stress and its affect on my disordered eating, I still get discouraged that I’m not making quicker progress, and I still get overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities. So the fact that I’ve lost 14 lbs thus far is something to be proud of.
Today I weighed in at 300.6, which means I gained 0.4 pounds this week. So, I have 19.6 lbs to go to reach my pre-surgery goal. I’m not upset by this “gain” because I know that it’s water weight. I have TOM (and the Mt. Vesuvius-sized pimple to prove it!) and last night’s dinner included quite a bit of sodium in the form of soy sauce. (I had my sister over for dinner and made the delicious Sriracha-grilled tofu and kale & seed salad). I am really confident that I can lose this tiny gain and much more with the next week.
But lest anyone think that I’m being too easy on myself, I will admit that this week wasn’t my finest hour in terms of workouts. True, I absolutely loved my hot hula class on Wednesday, but there were many days when the only activity I got was the walk with Sofi. Life got a bit busier for me this week, and although it’s not even close to the hectic nature of my schedule when I’m teaching, it is an indication that I have to be more vigilant in my commitment to my workouts.
- putting in an intense workout (workouts that keep my heart rate up and make me sweat) every single day
- 3 Zumba classes (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday)
- hit the gym for at least two elliptical 5Ks
- keep it fun with belly dancing and Hot Hula
- go on long bike rides (10 miles) two times
- swimming as a secondary activity, not a primary one
- drinking lots of water – 12 glasses a day
- continuing to make good choices with my food (1200 calories/day, 400/meal)
Until next week, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful weekend!