This Week

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I thought I'd try to start writing weekly and monthly summaries as a way of retrospecting on progress, what I'm proud of, frustrated with, and want to change.

A few things went really well this week. I tracked my food every day, drank lots of water, stayed within my calorie range (except for Friday). I'm especially proud of my work outs this week. I worked out every day, and completed week 5 of the Couch to 5K running program today. I did a 20 minute run. I'm still amazed that I did it! I also transitioned from running on the treadmill to running outside which has been challenging, but fun.

There were a couple of challenges this week. I found I was really hungry this week. It was difficult for me to stay within the calorie range recommended and not be starving. I'm also pretty frustrated that after such a good week, the scale showed a 1.5 pound gain! I know I shouldn't worry about it -- I do feel smaller, and I'm starting to see more muscle definition -- so it's probably a muscle gain. But when you have as much weight to lose as I do, it's frustrating to work so hard and not see the scale cooperate.

Overall, it was a really good week, and I'm proud of what I did this week.

Next week's goals:
- Reduce diet coke consumption to 2 cans per day (I started out a 6+ cans per day at the beginning of April and am now down to 2 or 3)
- Find a way to eat more vegetables. I have a hard time with vegetables because raw ones tend to make my stomach hurt and the band rejects them. I'm kind of at a loss for how to cook them, so I'll check out some Spark recipes for some inspiration before grocery shopping tomorrow.
- Finish week 6 of C25K -- end the week with a 25 minute run!
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