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Week 2 recap: 305.4 (-7 lbs)

Monday, January 14, 2013

This 7 lbs likely represents 5 lbs or so of water weight loss I was a little disappointed not to see go last week. Which surprises me just a tad because of all the frosting I nibbled on while decorating my son's birthday cake and then the cake I had at his party, but (though I'm not tracking calories) I suspect my total calorie counts even those two days were still in weight loss land.

I'm excited and glad to see the scale reflecting my work, but seeing a very big loss one week always makes me feel a little set up for failure because I know my weight loss isn't linear and next week is likely to be a smaller than expected or nonexistent loss. (Clearly, I'm not expecting 5+ lbs, but 2-3 lb range would be nice.) Also, I weigh in fully clothed, so there's always some impact of what I'm wearing that day.

Whatever. This week was great in terms of eating and also in terms of regular exercise (however low-intensity). I know BMI is not a great health indicator, but I'd really like to be not "super-morbid-obese," and if I could lose just one pound this week I'd be under that line (44.9 BMI). So that's the "goal." I say "goal" since I don't really like setting goals that are not fully in my control. My goals usually relate to my behaviors, and if I meet them, the weight loss should follow in its own good time. So I guess it's more of a "desired outcome" than a goal.

I'll post my goals for this week later in the day, after my morning meeting, but for a quick recap of this week:

My goals were:
1. Do the basic prep for dinner the night before. By "basic prep" I mean that dinner should be no more than 15 minutes from the table.
2. Pack healthy lunches/snacks for myself and the kids the night before.
3. Go out for a minimum 30 minute walk every work night this week.
4. No binging
5. Eat salad or soup before dinner at least 4 nights

I met 1, 2, 3, and 4. Did not meet 5 -- only had salad twice and had no soup around. Though I made a huge pot of very healthy minestrone soup (just realized as I am typing that I left out the beans -- oh well) last night so I'm set for this week.

On Sunday I downloaded the Gorilla app to help me get some very minimal very basic strength training instead of waiting until I have time to join a gym. Wow! I am using level 1 and I can barely do it! Day 2 called for two sets of 15 each supermans and what they call dead bugs. It's an abs exercise and I simply could not get more than 8 in a set -- my abs are apparently quite weak. Not entirely surprising after 4 pregnancies in 6 years, but still! (Last time I was exercising regularly was during my last pregnancy. At that point I could not do any ab exercises at all because the moment I engaged my core I would start contracting. Never mind the bowling ball under the muscles...)
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