Last week's challenge was all fitness minute oriented. I've got that part down. THIS week? Food oriented. Yeah, not so much. And unfortunately, while you'd think having to focus on eating would have made me more mindful and I would have thus made better choices, it didn't seem to work that way. Our challenges were to 1) stay below our top calorie limit, 2) practice mindful eating by journaling before and after eating and 3) 5 points for each servings of freggies (only 3 can be fruit), no limit. I actually did pretty well on racking up points, except for #1. :( I have GOT to get the calories under control, which means a couple of things...
* Alcohol consumption - I'd let the amount creep back up again. One alcoholic beverage limit. Period
* Chocolate - normally after "chocolate week" the cravings abate. Not this time, for some reason...in fact I did better during "chocolate week" than THIS week. WTH? Perhaps because I was being more conscious about it and figured I could slack because, well, usually once the period is over the cravings stop. SO, I need to play closer attention, not assume anything, and get lower calorie chocolate alternatives in the house again (I'd let myself run out, thinking that would help...NO, I just started eating other things and not being satisfied because it wasn't what I wanted). SO, restock and plan better.
* Snacking in general while under the influence of alcohol has gotten BAD. Combine the two points above, and you have a snacking MONSTER. It's been ugly. Hopefully limiting the alcohol AND having healthier chocolate alternatives, AND limiting myself to ONE treat per night will slow down the careening freight train.
End result? I'm back up in the 190s again.
I am SO TIRED of this. I feel like I should be MUCH closer to my goal by now, and have been beating myself up over it - my daughter and I are going on Thursday for our celebratory "Marathon/Mother's Day/Her Birthday" Spa day, and I haven't felt like I deserved it. I can't claim 80 lbs down anymore, I've been bouncing around 190 too long for it to have been a fluke. BUT, I just ran a weight report, expecting to see that I haven't lost ANYTHING in the past year (see? Beating myself up)...and was actually rather surprised. I was still in the 200s until July of 2011. Yeah, I got down to an all time low of 177 in March, and thus have gained a solid 15 lbs back...but it could be FAR worse than that. I just need to get freakin' serious about the calories and get things back under control. SO that's my focus for the next week, getting a real handle on this.
In the meantime, what about the specific goals I set for the GoT Winterfell Challenge? How am I doing on those?
100 Push Ups challenge
Week 2 down!
E25K (Euphrates to 5K)
I ran once on the treadmill this week, and was at a solid "3 minutes running, 2 minutes walking" pace. Then I ran outside - it was tougher because it was HOT outside and the humidity was affecting my breathing even with the rescue inhaler. Of course, I was also still sore from my personal training session and I think I was favoring my leg muscles a bit. So I wasn't terribly fast, but I knocked it out anyway (actually went a little further since I knew my speed wasn't great just to make sure I got a decent calorie burn). Today I was supposed to run again, and I just couldn't dig up the "want to". Instead, I watched last week's episode of "Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition" (my new favorite show)...now I wish I'd gotten up earlier because by THEN I had the "want to" but I had to get ready for a date with my oldest to a meet up in Wilmington (an hour drive from HIS house, had to pick him up first which is 30 minutes from MY place)...and I didn't get home until 10 PM.
Bottom line? I give myself a C this week - not stellar, but I tried.
5 servings of freggies every day
I only hit the goal 3 out of 7 days this week. Another thing I need to work on in the "getting control of the eating piece of this puzzle" arena.
Warrior Dash Training: Parcourse
Still haven't made it there. *sighs* NEXT WEEK dammit!
Warrior Dash Training: Personal Trainer
THIS I knocked outta the park! When I went to the gym Monday, Jessica was sitting at the table with her scheduling book in front of her. SO, I pounced! And made an appointment for the very next day! It was AWESOME, but OMG I was sore the next day! And the next! And the freakin' next! It really took until Friday for my muscles to feel remotely normal again. My next appointment with her is on Wednesday, and I can't wait!
SO, all in all, this week wasn't nearly as successful as last week, and it showed on the scale. But I've evaluated things, and I think I have a pretty solid plan for making it better THIS week.