Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Where am I? (Volume 5)

It’s Tuesday, the day to review where I am in my weight loss journey.

Where am I? Is sore a location? Because after my workout last night, I’m sore. Last night I did my couch to 5k week 4 day 1 run, and then an hour of strength training with some intense cardio mixed in. It was a great workout, and an interesting run. I’ll talk about couch to 5k run in more detail in another post, though.

Let’s talk about the weight loss part of this journey for now. Where am I in my weight loss journey? We’ll start with the data.

Weight loss since last Tuesday: 0.6 lbs (137.2 vs. 136.6)
Yay for a loss! I had a wonderful on-plan week last week until Saturday, and then I crashed and burned over the weekend. I’m glad to see the loss this week.

Weight loss since fall 2007 (most recent leg of weight loss journey): 15.8 lbs (152.4 vs. 136.6).
I got my 15 lb badge last week, so there’s nothing new to report this week.

Total weight lost (entire weight loss journey): 30.4 lbs (167 vs. 136.6)
I earned my 30 lb badge! Woo hoo!
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Exercise: Last week was the first week I’d earned my exercise badge, and I felt confident I’d earn it this week, too.

I was wrong.

I worked out Monday and Wednesday, but I dropped the ball on my 3rd workout of the week. Life got in the way on Friday and Saturday, and because of the intensity of my Monday workouts a Sunday workout is unwise.

I’m bummed that I didn’t reach my exercise goal for a couple reasons. First, I’m going to be in maintenance soon, and I’ll need to shift some of my focus from my weight to my fitness level. I don’t just want to be skinny, I want to be fit and healthy and strong. I need to ramp up the exercise, not slack off on it.

I’m also bummed because I’m training for a 5k that’s on April 19th. That should be completely doable; if I follow the couch to 5k plan by the books I’ll finish on April 4th or 5th. That means I have a couple weeks in between in case I need to repeat weeks … but only a couple weeks. I’m annoyed with myself that I gave up some of my ability to repeat weeks if I need to by missing my workout this past weekend. Life happens, I know that, but … well, I need to find a way to fit these workouts into my life.

Oh well. Maybe now that I’ve annoyed myself, I’ll be more focused on making sure I get the 3x/week couch to 5k run in, right?

My exercise goal for this coming week stays the same … 3x/week cardio doing couch to 5k and 2x/week strength training. I am going to try something different, though. I’d been doing strength and cardio on Monday and either Friday or Saturday, and cardio-only on Wednesday. Since my Wednesday evening is unscheduled, I’m going to plan to do strength on Monday and Wednesday this week, which means my Friday or Saturday workout is shorter. I can always do strength on Friday/Saturday, too, if I have time. Who knows, maybe if I do that I’ll get 3 strength workouts in, exceeding my goal. If not, maybe I’ll at least meet the goal.

And as far as a weight loss goal for the week, I’m not setting a specific goal. I’m going to stay on plan eating within my WW points, drink lots of water, and track everything I eat. If I do that, the weight will come off.

29 comments:

Skinny Inside said...

Way to go on the 30 pounds!! How awesome is that?? Isn't blogging great? I'm finding more and more if I just type out my thoughts, I'm able to see things more clearly. Sounds like you're figuring out how to work in your work outs better!:-)

bigfatforang said...

Sounds like a good plan for this week. Good luck with it and HAVE FUN with the couch to 5k.

And... CONGRATS on your weight loss so far. Way to go!

Felicia said...

Wow congrats on your loss so far! You are doing great!! Keep up the amazing work!

Have a SUPER week!
*huggles*
=0)

Kate said...

Congrats on your loss! Way to go on the 30lb badge!

RunRun1 said...

We're couch to 5k twins-- I did week four, day 1 yesterday, too. I'm not doing any strength training right now, but I want to start soon. What program are you using for that?

Nicole said...

I LOVE your blog title. You seem to have such a fantastic sense of humor. I look forward to reading more of your blog. :o)

Congrats on being sore. Seriously! I'm happy for you! Well done!!

paul said...

Nice going on the loss!

How will going on maintenance change what you eat?

I hope your schedule change works out the way you hope. :)

Miss July...not...yet said...

congrats on the loss! I know how important those can be after a weekend oops!

Sounds like the exercise stuff is going well too...don't be so hard on yourself. You are doing amazing.

Mom23QTs said...

Thanks for the welcome to the HYC! WOW are you inspiring! You make me wanna get out there and exercize more! Thanks!

Ready Maid said...

WOOO-HOOO! You GO, Girl!! Congratulations on the 30 pounds! And keep on with the running, because I'm watchin' ya!

Beth said...

Congrats on the 30 lbs. I also want to thank you for the advice. You guys in the HYC always inspire me to do my best. I really appreciate it.

Manuela said...

Good for you happy. Can't wait for the run. Come on spring!

LoserIrene said...

You are doing so well all around. I bet you will kill that 5K in April.

Hanlie said...

Well done on the loss! You're doing great!

Carol said...

Congrats on the weight loss and for having a good attitude! Also, doing that couch to 5k is no easy task - you ought to be proud of yourself for doing that.:)

Grumpy Chair said...

30 pounds of Happyblogchick gone!

Congratulations to you on all your hard work.

sauchagirl said...

Wow! 30 pounds. That's inspirational. I think your plan sounds great. A little flexibility is good that way if you miss a workout you can make it sometime in that same week and not lose time on your plan. Where's the 5K your running?

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

Wow! Thirty pounds gone is something to really be proud of. I can understand being frustrated about not meeting goals set for a particular week, but even as I read all you didn't do, all I could focus on was all you DID do. You still were midndful of your health and nutrition, you still managed to exercise at least a few times a week. Don't be too hard on yourself, life happens, and there is always next week. I can't wait to hear about your 5K!

MomOf3 said...

30 pounds is amazing!!! Way to go!! I hope to join you there someday! :)

Cammy said...

Ah, I love the smell of a shiny, new badge. Even when it's not mine. :) Keep up the great work! Part of this journey is figuring out what's working and what's not working, so kudos to you for tinkering with your exercise schedule. You'll find a plan that works for your lifestyle.

In the sky, above the clouds said...

Way to go with getting to week 5 on the C25K program! I can't seem to get past week 4, I keep re-doing that week. :~)

Con-grats on the 30 pound weight loss as well! That is really something to hold your head up high about!


Can't wait to see how the race goes!


Susie

Heather said...

congrats on your loss and for earning those badges! awesome awesome! dont worry..I rarely get my exercise goal either, but I hear you, I dotn watn to be thin, I want to be healthy and that comes with diet AND exercise as I am starting to realize. I also wanted to wait until maintence to really focus on exercise, but I guess that isnt what my body thinks!

In the sky, above the clouds said...

Hey! I guess I should of better explained myself about the "thyroid" part. You see my Mom, Mother-in-law and sister-in-law all use the thyroid as an excuse for not lossing weight. It was never that they were eating wrong or not working out, it was always the thyroids problem. And I know why I am not healthy I don't do as I should, I don't eat right, I don't work out enough and I LOVE sweets. I guess I just freaked out a bit when the doc said thyroid. :)
gezs that was a ramble...sorry. I do hope it cleared things up a bit though. :) Thanks for the encouragement.

Susie

Katschi said...

Rooting for you here, Happy!!! 30 lbs represents ALOT of hard work and determination!
Your workout routine is amazing.

watchinmyweight said...

YAAAHHHOOO!! Congrats on the 30 pounds lost...that is a great motivator...way to go! :)

40 by 40 said...

Wow--30lbs..that's fabulous! Sounds like you have a great plan for the week! Good luck!

Chubby Chick said...

Congrats on having 30 pounds off1 That is fantastic! :)

Scale Junkie said...

Congrats on losing 30 pounds!! Thats just fantastic!

I know that training for the 5k must be a real challenge and I plan on doing it myself some day, I just have to say that watching you document it is very inspiring for the rest of us. Thank you for being so honest with your struggles. It only makes you stronger in the long run.

Becky-BBW said...

Being fat is ok as long as you're fit--I like this saying when I first time found it on the http://plusmingle.com, which is a lovely community for plus sized people only