Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Where am I? (Volume 7)

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for a “where am I in my weight loss fitness and wellness journey” update.

I’m still losing weight, but last week I said the focus would be on exercise, and I mean it. This week I’m starting with exercise and non-scale victories and THEN I’ll talk about the scale.

Exercise: My goal was 3x cardio via couch to 5k, 2x strength, and 5x abs/planks. I met my cardio goal, but other than that I only got one strength session in and only did abs/planks 2x. I think the 5x abs/planks may not have been feasible with my busy week, but I should have been able to get my other strength session in. Oh well … it’s hard to be concerned because I had a fun week.

NSV #1: My brother commented on my weight loss and an old friend commented on my weight loss. Both comments were unprompted and they were said as soon as I saw them. Note to self – spend more time reconnecting with people who don’t see me often – they can see the changes!

NSV #2: I went on a mini shopping trip and I was able to fairly consistently fit into size 6 clothes. There were times I brought three different sizes into a dressing room because I wasn’t sure what size I would be, and most of the time the answer was a 6. I ended up buying a skirt and a dress. I didn’t try on jeans or bathing suits … I decided to stick with the more forgiving articles of clothing for this first shopping trip. Anyway, size 6 = good as far as I’m concerned.

NSV #3: I had a wonderful week which involved no obsessions about the scale, and I didn’t completely lose control … I ate reasonably the majority of the time, and I got some exercise in. I wasn’t in any way perfect in my eating, but I’m not striving for perfect.

With all those non-scale victories, I think a badge is in order:
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Weight: Weeeell, I’m up 0.2 lbs. But my body fat percentage over the past week averages lower than my body percentage over the week before my last weigh-in. My goal was to maintain or lose each week for the next 1.5 months … I think I’m going to call this maintenance. Close enough, right?

My goals for next week are the same as for this week – 3x cardio via couch to 5k, 2x strength, and 5x abs/planks. I’m also aiming to maintain or lose from a weight perspective. I'm on week 6 with couch to 5k ... that means that on Friday or Saturday I'll be doing a 25 minute run! Ack!

I think it can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can ...




(A big thank-you to Wikipedia for the image.)



19 comments:

ashley said...

Look at that exercise! And those comments! You rock. 25-minute run...ahh! You can do it!

Lynn said...

Good to see you back, I've missed you! Great on the compliments! And size 6! Wow... that's incredible!

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

Those are great NSV's! You totally deserve that badge, and I agree w/the maintenance... .2 is so minimal a fluctuation!
Congrats!

Run Runner said...

You're a rock star-- you kick that 25 min run's butt! I hope I can, too... eek!

Holly said...

A size 6 - You rock! Congratz on all of your NSVs!!

Cammy said...

Minor correction: size 6=great! :)

Many hard-won victories this week, and you deserve a hearty pat on the back. Plus, if you had sneezed hard before you weighed, that 0.2 would've disappeared, so KUDOS to you for a maintenance week!

Ready Maid said...

I think I wore a size 6 in seventh grade. Forty years ago!! Congratulations with a big hug to go with it. As I told you earlier, I'm really, really watching your running progress - which, to me - is almost as amazing as the weight loss. Thanks for sharing, and keep it up!

Manuela said...

Size 6--don't you love it? I found that when I was a 6-8 I felt the best and looked the best.

Thanks as always to you for your positivity! Like I said, I'm not prone to the droopies but I'll let it go once in a while.

You're a great example of the wonders of exercise. I can't wait to start running outside again!

sauchagirl said...

I would say that .2 is maintenance. You know how your weight will fluctuate from day to day. You are doing awesome and you are having fun and getting new clothes. Size 6! That's awesome!

Heather said...

wow you had a great week! you arent joking around with that exercise huh!

your NSVs are fantastic, and I love that you are not focusing on your gain (which is like, nothing). looking at your % is so much better and what I do as well on those weeks the scale is up, but I see my percentage is shrinking away.

40 by 40 said...

Great NSV's!! I like that you focused on that! I think I will take a page from the Happy book and celebrate some NSV's! Isn't it fun to get compliments..and it must be fun to be a size 6 :). I can see why your name is Happy!! I KNOW YOU CAN! Great job on the exercise too!

Caroline said...

You are keeping my motivated on my Couch to 5k. I'm only working on Week #2 right now, but you're the one keeping me going! Good job on ignoring the scale. I am a firm believer that it will eventually catch up with what you're doing. And you're doing awesome!

LoserIrene said...

You're doing incredibly well. You should be so proud.

ThickChick said...

HBC: You have the BEST attitude! Congrats on your lowered body fat percentage and all of your awesome workouts!!

JavaChick said...

Excellent progress report. Sounds like you are doing very well. Oh, how I would love to fit into a size 6...

dietbook said...

Wow, you are doing AWESOME! A size 6 is definitely worth celebrating but even more so is that 20-minute run! I am so scared to think that I'm supposed to be doing that in five weeks...but you're definitely my inspiration. :-)

You go, girl. Hooray for maintenance! (0.2 doesn't even count, that's a toenail-clip away from 0.0!)

V.

Manuela said...

Hey Happy,

Just wondering if you're on a particular couch to 5k plan? I looked it up on the net and came up with quite a few. If you can come to my blog and comment on it, I'd appreciate it :)

Manuela said...

Okay, so I should have scrolled down a little bit further! The Cool Running is one of the plans I linked on.

I'll definitely be checking it out.

Scale Junkie said...

WOW!! What a fabulous post, you earned that NSV x 3!! I'm so happy for you!