Need to keep it up!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
After a lot of traveling the past 3 weeks, I wasn't sure how my weight would come out the other side. I mean, there were a lot of doughnuts and ice cream trips on our travels! But all the walking, the few times I got out running, and minimal snacking paid off and I didn't gain! A few days of getting back to the more structured and more intense exercise also seems to have paid off and I'm back in the 160s! This puts me within reach of my BLC22 goal and I can even see the awesome normal-BMI-line ahead (at a weight of 160 even). As someone else mentioned, it would be nice to actually be the weight on my driver's license!
I've noted a few fellow-BLCers have noticed the pattern of a drop one week and a maintenance or small gain/loss the next week, followed by another loss. That's how I do it too, and it doesn't bother me. It's a good way to keep up the motivation -- can I maintain or lose at this new weight? If I have another good 2-week stretch, will I see another happy number soon!?
I also realized that I am a bit out of my league with my bandy workouts. I'm actually doing ok on the strength training (except for pull-ups. Ha!) but missed too many of the sprinting workouts to keep up there. I let that bother me for a little bit until I changed my mindset. Speed work is best once you have a fitness base and I still feel like I'm working on my fitness base. Also, I still have weight I want to lose. So on non-lifting days, I think I would be better served by a longer, slower effort than by 10 minutes of intensity. We'll see - next week I could change my mind and decide to try the sprinting again. The last time I did it, I did it right after lifting and was afraid to put the speed/incline as high as the training book says and still felt like I was going to die after just one 25-second sprint, so maybe I try it on a day when I don't lift first, and maybe I go back to the level I did finish a workout at (2.5% incline, 9.2 mph for 20 seconds, rest for 40) instead of what I should be doing now (3% incline, 10 mph for 30 seconds, rest for 30. Yeow!)
GCB has been great. He puts up with my whining -- we both know it's a coping mechanism and he's discovered he needs to ask me how I'd feel if i quit vs finishing the last tough set. Then I grumble but try to do it! He's also been great about my schedule and making sure I get in my workouts. I think we're on our way to a lifestyle we can maintain!!
The bottom line: I've accomplished a little bit, but haven't hit any goals yet, and this is NOT a reason to slack off and eat/laze my way back up 7 pounds! Want to keep going and lose the next 7!