Monday, December 24, 2012
I wanted to post a SparkPeople report to show my weight fluctuations over the past couple years. I saved the SP report in my picture files, but when I tried to "add picture" to a blog, it said it was not a valid image. Anyone know how to overcome this problem?
Anyway, what I was trying to show is that although my weight is way below what it was in 1998, and in 2008, and even when I joined SP in 2009, my 2012 weight fluctuated a few pounds above my 2011 weight fluctuations. In 2011 I fluctuated mostly 124-129, while in 2012, I fluctuated 128-133. It may be that a couple pounds of it is accomodation to distance running. As a runner I have stronger bones and tendons, greater blood supply, and greater glycogen stores in my muscles. But my gut tells me that some of the increase is -- well, gut -- or the fat over the gut more precisely.
Will losing 4 or 5 or 6 pounds change my life? Probably not. I'm still a healthy weight. My cholestrol and blood pressure have stayed down. More than 95% of my new clothes fit, although there are a few things that don't look as good as they did in 2011. And I just feel a little flabby about the middle. And that may be partly that I cut back on strength training as I emphasized running. And I always worry that a gain could be the beginning of a bad, bad trend.
So I'm thinking that losing a few pounds and increasing strength training in 2013 will be an improvement. It's definitely a challenge I want to take on.