[x] Run/Walk #1 (25-30 min and stretch) - Tuesday
[x] Run/Walk #2 (25-30 min and stretch) - Thursday
[x] Run/Walk #3 (25-30 min and stretch) - Sunday
[x] Strength Training #1 (any duration, just do it) - Thursday
[_] Strength Training #2 (any duration, just do it)
[x] Cross Train #1 (30-60 min and stretch) - Wednesday, bike
[_] Cross Train #2 (30-60 min and stretch)
[x] Yoga - Tuesday, Sunday
[_] Clean the Living Room
[x] Water Change for Fish Tank
[x] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #1 - Tuesday
[x] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #2 - Wednesday
[x] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #3 - Thursday
[x] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #4 - Friday
[_] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #5
[_] Stay in Calorie & Protein Ranges Day #6
Week 4 lbs lost (Oct 29 - Nov 3): 0 lbs
Total lbs lost (Oct 8 - Dec 31): 5 lbs
Well, I've officially lost 5 lb in the first three weeks of this self-challenge :) I'm fairly confident that none of this was water weight, too, because I have been using an OTC diuretic (pamabrom) 3 days prior to every weigh-in since week 0 (yeah it's a little OCD, but I want to be able to use the scale as a measure of true weekly progress, and it helps me eliminate the water weight variable quite reliably).
I am feeling really great... even though I am now usually sore and recovering from my workouts, I have more energy and find myself more able and willing to do household chores that I used to dread. I am also eating much more often, splitting up my meals and snacks into smaller portions and nibbling every few hours, with usually one or two larger meals per day... I think it's keeping my metabolism in burn-mode or something, because the more snacks I eat (within calorie range), the more weight I seem to lose.
This week I will be focusing on getting different cross-training in. The bike is great for my quads, but I also aim to squeeze in at least one aquatic workout; I love to do side-lunges in the pool to strengthen my often-neglected inner and outer thighs...it also helps build up my knee stabilizing muscles which will help prevent injury with my running. Speaking of running... I will be adding a 6th running interval into my routine (was doing five 1-min intervals before... I think I am ready for more).
I will also be sure to get my dose of sunlight each morning, as I find it to be critical to my sleep/wake cycle (when I miss it, I have a really difficult time falling asleep).
I am going to take measurements at the end of the week to show my monthly inches lost. Can't wait!
So much for that sunlight idea... thanks, Sandy. I guess I will just need to make more use my SAD lamp this week.
We lost power Monday but it came on Tuesday, thankfully (I had just finished re-stocking the freezer after our extended power outage during the heat wave this summer, and I was scared we would lose it all again). I know there are so many people who had it worse than us... my thoughts are with you guys.
Calorie-wise, I didn't track late Sunday night/most of Monday. We went out of town for a concert (Rush--and they were amazing!), and then I slept in incredibly late Monday, after which the power went out. I don't think I went over my calories, but I'm not certain, so I will count Monday as my cheat day this week.
Flexibility: This week I had some tightness in my hip flexors. I decided to look up some stretching that would help loosen things up and help prevent injury. I ended up finding some really useful yoga poses that have really helped!