2014 – a new year, a fresh start full of new beginnings. 2014 is going to be MY year to shine. I’m vowing here and now that I will reach my goal weight in 2014. What an amazing accomplishment it will be! To achieve my goals, I’m going to focus on the basics – eating well, drinking lots of water, taking my vitamins and getting in 5 workouts a week. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. My resolution throughout the year is to keep focused while enjoying all the “newness” in my life. My Sunday progress updates will be called New Year, New ME Weigh-Ins.
Week 34 was exhausting at work, which left me feeling really blah all week. Despite all that was going on at school, I am glad to say that I still got my workouts in and that my food was great, too. I didn’t keep up with my run/walk practice this week, forgoing the gym for walks with Sofi and hopping on the elliptical at home.
When I weighed in this morning, I was 195.8, which is a loss of 0.4 pounds this week, and a loss of 81.2 lbs since surgery! I’ve lost a total of 119.2 pounds from my highest weight!! I have 45.8 pounds to go to my ultimate goal weight 0f 150 pounds. While this loss is not stellar, it is a loss, and continues my streak of losing weight every single week since surgery. Since I had such a big weight loss last week, I expected a much smaller loss this week. Plus, my body has been out of whack all week. One of the things that I’ve been dealing with since surgery is irregularity. I know it’s because of the high protein, low carb diet, and I really need to get better about taking my fiber supplement on a regular basis. This is probably why I’ve been feeling sort of blah all week, too.
This morning I met up with my friend Di, and we walked from her house to the LG Creek Trail and then did run/walk intervals and walked back. She started C25K today, and I was testing out my new running strategy. After realizing last week that the 5 min run/3 min walk pace wasn’t working for me outdoors, I decided to take it to 3 min run/1 min walk today. And you know what? It went well! Now, as I said, I hadn’t run in exactly a week, and it’s interesting how quickly the body gets out of practice. The LG Creek Trail isn’t flat, and there were plenty of slight and not-so-slight inclines to deal with, so while wanted to run 3/1, I actually ended up running 2.5/1.5, which was fine. My runs were fast (for me) – about 5.0mph pace, which is the best I’ve ever done. So I do think there’s something to this 3/1 (or so) pacing. Di and I decided to keep these Sunday intervals up, and I’m excited, because it means that we’ll get to catch up, work on our fitness, and get outdoor practice on a weekly basis. All good things!
One of the goals that I set for myself for the past week was to begin strength training, and I didn’t do it at all. Epic fail. As I mentioned, this was a busy, tiring week at work, and when I got home, I just couldn’t muster the energy to go to the gym. (Which is one of the reasons I’m so glad that I have the hybrid machine at home – no excuses not to get cardio in). This week my schedule at school is completely clear in the afternoons, just the way I like it, so there’s no reason I can’t hit the gym in the early afternoon to get my strength training in. I have to admit, as much as I know that strength training pays off in the long run because it speeds up the metabolism so that the body burns calories even at rest, there’s a huge part of me that is nervous about weight gain. My body tends to react quickly to changes, and in the past I’ve seen a gain whenever I started strength training of any kind. But I also know that if I just ride the wave of initial weight gain, and don’t give up too early, I will eventually see great results. Now that I’m the last part of my weight loss journey, I have to change my mindset from the idea that there’s a ticking clock. This is about the long haul and the changes that I make that will spur me on for the rest of my life.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!