I love weigh-in days. I am so excited with anticipation when I wake up on Wednesdays. I actually look forward to getting on the scale to weigh myself. I know, I'm kind of wierd that way but I really do love weigh in days.
This particular weigh-in was especially exciting when I stepped on the scale and saw this.
OMG!!! I couldn't believe what I was seeing - really I couldn't. I thought to myself, "this must be a mistake, that can't be right". I cleared the scale (my scale remembers weight) and got on again and it didn't change. This is a 4.5lb loss from last week. OMG!!! I guess the little tweaks I made to my program this week really kicked my metabolism in high gear.
So what did I change? Well, I tweaked my nutritional program a little by changing my plan from three meals during the day and a small snack at night to four small meals throughout the day. I found that this really helped me get my snacking a little more under control.
You see I get hungry about every three hours and that's when my snacking monster goes on the prowl. First it's just a small snack, which is totally unsatisfying and the next thing I know it's a huge snack that is almost as much nutrients as a whole meal. That's where I realized that my body needs to eat every three to four hours.
So the four small meals every three to four hours seems to be working for me too. There was one or two days where I was out in the field working and running around and I didn't get my third meal in the afternoon so I tried to make up for it by having a little larger fourth meal at dinnertime.
In doing this, it really kept me at the lower end of my nutritional goals as opposed to the higher end of my goals (and over some days). NOTE TO SELF: carry snacks (fruit, protein bar, trail mix, etc...) with me on busy days when I'm out in the field working and running around.
I also tweaked my fitness program by incorporating some jogging into my morning walks. Granted, I'm not going to be doing any marathons anytime soon but it is shaving time off of my morning walk and burning a some extra calories and basically just getting a little more bang out of my morning walk.
These two changes seem to be exactly what my metabolism needed to burn off a little more weight. However, after my initial glee and excitement from my weigh-in, I started to worry that it was too much of a loss. Now I know that a lot of you probably lose that much on a regular basis but I keep thinking of something that a fitness trainer said to me when I first started SP. He said, "the faster you lose it (the weight), the less likely you are to keep it off". Hmmm.....me thinks 4.5lbs is just a tad too much weight loss in one week.
Lastly but by no means least, it was really nice to be able to post my 4.5lb loss on the Sisters in Sweat Biggest Loser Summer Challenge. The blue team (the team I'm on) is in the lead with a loss of 23lbs so far. GO BLUE TEAM!!!
Well, it's back to work now but I just want to say to everyone to have a great week and remember to take care of yourselves too.