Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Where Am I? (Volume 4)

Happy Tuesday! Time for the "Where am I in my weight loss journey" stats check for the Healthy You Challenge.

Let's start with the official numbers. The envelope please ...

Weight loss since last Tuesday: 0.6 lbs (137.8 vs. 137.2)
Well, I was aiming for losing 0.8, but 0.6 is a-OK. I'd been losing fairly quickly given that I'm close to goal. Losing 0.6 is completely respectable. I'll take it. I'll just aim to lose 0.2 or more this upcoming week, right?

Weight loss since fall 2007 (most recent leg of weight loss journey): 15.2 lbs (152.4 vs. 137.2)
I earned my 15 lb badge!
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Total weight lost (entire weight loss journey): 29.8 lbs (167 vs. 137.2)
So close, so close, so close to the 30 lb badge. Next week. I'll get it next week.

Exercise: I'd been having a hard time with exercise up until very recently. My current goal is 3x/week cardio doing the couch to 5k running plan, and then 2x/week strength training. Last Tuesday I couldn't say I earned my exercise badge. But this Tuesday ...
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Ta daaaa! I met my exercise goal!

I did the couch to 5k run on M/W/Sat, and did strength training Monday and Saturday. I'm on track for earning the badge again this week, too ... I did my run and strength training yesterday, as well.

All in all it wasn't a bad week; in fact, it was pretty good. That said, my scale numbers drifted down until Saturday and drifted back up through today. I don't pay much attention to one number on one day, but I do watch trends. I'm slightly concerned about this upward drifting. It might just be normal weekend weight gain combined with some water retention from the exercise, but it might be that I need to focus a little more.

In case it is a lack of focus, here's my plan for the week:
  • Meet my exercise goal again. That's 3x cardio via couch to 5k runs, and 2x strength training.
  • Eat on plan, and journal everything. I think I've been on plan, but I've been slacking on journaling lately. I keep a running total of points in my head, and generally it works OK, but it is much safer to write it down. It keeps me focused and helps me plan. I'm less likely to go over my daily points accidentally if I write down what I eat. So ... I've got to get back to journaling.
  • Water and more water. I suspect some of the upward drift on the scale is water retention. I'll fight back by being extra-focused on water. As soon as I finish this post I'm going downstairs to fill a pitcher to the line I measured years ago when I first started Weight Watchers. I'll do that daily, keep it in the fridge, and I'll make sure it gets emptied every day.

The last two bullets are very "back to the basics of the Weight Watchers plan" for me, which is exactly what I need when the scale isn't sayng what I want it to say. I'm not sure I have a scale issue here, but I'm not taking any chances.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to a great week. Hope you all have a great week, too.


Carol said...

You are almost at your goal. That's great news!!! You work so hard - I really admire you.

Great job - you're almost there! :)

sybil said...

You are doing so well - and what a treat it will be next week to reach the 30 pound mark! Go girl!

I am reading so much about the C25K.....my knees won't hold up right now, but it sounds very interesting. I've been doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for the last 4-6 weeks and I'm amazed at how much more fit I feel. Who'd a thunk I'd turn into a gym junkie?

have a great week.

Hanlie said...

Well done on the loss! It counts! You are doing so well and you're so close to goal... Hope going back to basics will take you there quick-quick!

Pattie said...

Celebrate your successes this week by doing something nice for yourself. Are you a pedicure kind of gal? Having your tootsies rubbed might feel divine, after all your hard work!

You continue to amaze and inspire me!

tru2me said...

Alright, I'm starting week three today... Good to see you made it through the run!

dietbook said...

Excellent week! You are doing great. I love the renewed focus on the basics - that's very much where I am right now, too. I think mindfulness and being attentive and aware of trends are very important to learning overall lessons.

Sounds like you are doing really well, and very determined and focused. Awesome! :-)


paul said...

It looks like things are going really well for you. That's awesome!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. To answer your question, I've sort of lost my way over the past few days... I haven't even wanted to think about fitness and weight loss. I haven't even written up my weekly summary for last week. Fortunately, I've got all the data, at least, so I should get that posted Real Soon Now.

Thanks for checking up on me. It was nice of you. :)

Bev said...

You are doing good!! Keep it up! ; )

S said...

Congrats on your loss and meeting your exercise goal this week! How cool to be so close to your goal--must be nice :) Thanks for the comment on my blog and the tips for eating fast food. I will try that next time at Taco Bell.

jb said...

Good job this week, and thanks for the check in. My midterms aren't over yet, which is why I've been seemingly MIA, but I assure you I'm not swimming in a tub of Ben and Jerry's right now. I'm a little behind on c25k but I'm excited to get right back on track after my last exam.

Tina said...

You are rockin' it girl! You are this close! I can't wait for the day! I'm happy for you! Wow, that's a lot of exclamation points.

Cammy said...

What a fantastic week! Shiny new badges all over the place and a new one on the way! You rock!

Katschi said...

Hi Happy!
thanks for the suggestions on clearing the clutter, I'm going to try it your way this week and see if I like that better.
Ohhhh, that must feel awesome to lose your 30 lbs!
Will you be entering a formal 5K run in the spring?

Holly said...

Wow, good for you for meeting your goals. You are getting so close to goal that you must almost be able to smell it!!

Heather said...

congrats on you loss! I can relate...I am close to my goal and miss those giant losses you see at first, but a loss no matter how small, is still one step closer.

Manuela said...

Thanks for the compliment. And good for you for almost being there. I have to agree with you about journaling. I've been keeping track in my head but sometimes let myself down at the end of the night. It's so much easier to stick to it when it's down in ink!

Good luck with the training.

anonymouse said...

You are doing so well! I hope the ball keeps rolling in the right direction for you this week.

Roni said...

You are doing AWESOME!!!

Grumpy Chair said...

Next week, next week, next week! Now I'm all excited for next week.

30 pounds is a great weight loss and you are so close to maintenance.

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