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Another new pound gone!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Lost a pound this week (woo-hoo!); apparently this is the time of the month when I lose weight. I'm glad I've been journaling my weight and inches with monthly commentary because it became very clear after looking at three months of records that I lose weight right before pms, then there is some fluctuation before the next pound comes off. The only sad part is that if I'm right about the pattern, the one pound I lost this week will be the only pound I lose all month! But that's ok, because the inches keep coming off regardless.

I've been able to work out with my friend this week and I learned that I can push myself much harder on the elliptical than I realized! I also started getting a little (just a little!) more serious about using weights for strength training, so I'm hoping that has a positive effect on my shape and strength. I started with an easy fundamental workout, but then started popping in my circuit training DVD 10 minutes at a time. That definitely made me sore, so I know that it's more effective and the great part is that I can count it as cardio as well.

I have to mention this: I have been ravenously hungry all week and ate a colossal 1000 calories over maintenance in one day. This was accompanied by a 2-pound DROP in weight (!) and about three inches lost.Since that day I have been furiously trying to burn it off with cardio and keep my munchies for the rest of the week in check. (As the week progressed, the weight came back up slowly) This means that I haven't counted any of my cardio for the week toward my time goals - more on that in a minute - but have only counted it toward the extra food I've been eating. As of yesterday, I had almost gotten things evened out when I had a tiny piece of cake which caused my blood sugar to crash hard, resulting in an extra couple of snacks before bed. The snacks were quite necessary, but it was too bad after all that careful planning and eating all day! Just skipping the cake would have prevented the whole thing. In any case, I decided none of it mattered anyway because I did maintain a weight loss and inches loss for the week! Now, to try to stay under calories today...

My current goals for the next week:
Finish my 10 1-mile runs -- 6 left, no problem!
Finish my 6 10-min weights sessions - 4 left, no problem!
Finish my 30 20-min cardio sessions - 26 left, yikes! I better do some hiking next week!!

I'm trying out this time-based system rather than calorie-based for the cardio. I think it will make me more motivated to make my time count and work at a higher intensity, but we'll see. Today's really the first day doing it that way because I was only counting my cardio toward offsetting food intake all week, and I worked out at my highest intensity yet.

Next Saturday is the end of my two-week goals and I'll probably do a month next time. I like that better, it allows for more ebb and flow to my energy levels.
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