This week was a success! You are probably thinking I had a big weight loss. Am I right? Well you’d be wrong because I didn’t. In fact, my weight loss was .4 lbs.
So, why was it so successful?
I’m back on track. Woohoo! I tracked my food the majority of the week and I went to the gym 5 days. That’s right people…I’m back!
If I’m being completely honest, I was a little disappointed when I saw such a low weight loss. I just knew that it was going to be big. 2-3 lbs big. Yet it wasn’t even a lb. I’m not letting this get me down though because I know that I did better than I had the previous 3-ish weeks. Plus, getting back in the gym probably didn’t help. Don’t get me wrong, working out and being active in general is always a good thing. But when you go from not exercising to exercising excessively, you don’t usually see a large weight loss such as you might hope. At least not in the beginning. Not for me.
I’ve decided to try an experiment though. I typically work out the week leading up to a race and I’m lucky if I get in to the gym in between. This time I got in the gym about a week and a half before race day. Therefore, I’m still in the gym. I went today and plan on going tomorrow and Tuesday, taking Wednesday off and will run at the race Thursday. After which, I am hoping to get in the pattern of going Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday moving forward.
My problem is taking a day off. I don’t want to go to the gym every single day but when I take a day off, even just one day, it’s hard to go back the following day. I’m hoping if I can get in a routine of going on these days, it will help keep me disciplined. We’ll see.
Back to the experiment…I’m curious to see if I see a huge impact at the scale after continuing to exercise 2 weeks in a row and 3 weeks in a row. Do you think I will? I hope so. But I’m not sure. I know that being active is good for your health in general. However, it’s not necessarily the key to losing weight. Food is the key to losing weight; what you eat and how much you eat. The majority of my weight loss has happened in the kitchen and not in the gym. But will going to the gym 4 days a week help? Fingers crossed that it does!
This week was a little sad for me. More than likely next week will be too. Not sad as in I cried. Believe me, I cry a lot. But sad that I am seeing so many people losing such large amounts and making Lifetime and I’m not. Ok, let me back it up a little bit. I’m happy for these people. I am. But had I not fallen off the wagon, I would be oh so close to Lifetime myself. I honestly think I would have made it today if not, then next Sunday. Seeing others make Lifetime and/or have weight losses of 75, 90 and 125 lbs stings a little. I’m not wanting to lose quite that much but if I were at Lifetime, my weight loss total would be in the mid 40’s. Still a significant number. I’ll get there. I know I will. But to think I could be there now…
Having said that, you would think I would be drinking up all of the good advice WW is dishing out at the meetings this week and last. I am but I’m not. I don’t plan on switching out any of the dishes. In fact, I plan on taking Pumpkin Cake Balls. Not healthy at all! lol I plan on having my pecan pie and my pumpkin pie. I’m going to eat fried turkey, my Dad’s garlic potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing. Most of these foods I get 3 times a year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. That’s it. So I’m going to treasure them while I can. Not to mention, I love it all!
I do plan on eating smaller portions. I don’t plan on taking any left overs with me. I will be running a 5K the morning of Thanksgiving and going to the gym 4 out of the 5 days leading up to the big day. I am also going to make a Detox Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup to eat the days before. Pretty much it’s a chicken noodle soup minus the noodles and amped up with veggies. It’s not like I’m ignoring everyone’s advice. Because I’m not. But I am going to enjoy Thanksgiving and not have any regrets because I passed on something that I might not see for another year.
So here’s to being back on track, staying in the gym and hoping all goes well Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!