This week was... hard.
I allowed myself to succumb to the negativity exchanged ON BOTH SIDES of the aisle in regards to American politics. Thursday was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I spent most of it trying not to break down into sobs at work. I got into an argument with a friend. For the first time in my 35 years on his planet, I FEEL like I, as a woman, am lesser. Marginalized. IT SUCKS. And I let it get to me.
This past week was also when I am due to ovulate, and years of daily tracking have shown that my weight is always up around ovulation. I know this. It's normal for me. However, the 5% challenge only focuses on the scale number as a measure of success. I started the challenge at 172.2, and my first two weigh ins were both 173.0. That's right, two weeks in an yesterday's weigh in was still up. (Again, this is a normal weight swing for ME, but few in the 5% challenge are privileged to know that, haha.) Last night before bed I hopped on the scale as I always do. I know that my weight is often 3 lbs less in the morning than it is before bed, so I KNEW the scale would be down today. And it was. 171.0. Thanks, body, you couldn't have done this drop yesterday??? Well both me and my body are pretty stubborn.
So in case I hadn't mentioned it, at least not in specific terms, I'm experimenting with eating more, by way of a Metabolic Reset. I ate low for a long time and didn't see results, so I need to eat at maintenance for a while to see if I can then fix the way my body holds onto weight. I set my Spark range to change with my exercise and I have my FitBit linked. My Fitbit One is on me 24 hours a day unless I'm in the shower. When I do an actual planned workout, I use my Polar heart rate monitor, then plug those numbers into the FitBit. In case you didn't know, when you track a separate workout in the FitBit app, using accurate beginning time and duration, it overwrites the FitBit data so you get an accurate tally for that time period. Also, my HRM shows that I burn many more calories than the FitBit says I do. HRMs are the most accurate way to calculate calorie expenditure, and if you know me at all you know I like accuracy in my data!
Last week I burned 2005 calories in JUST WORKOUTS (not including my walking group on Sunday). That was 4 hours 56 minutes of pure working out. I logged all of those minutes in the flight log for the week. I DID NOT count walking the dog or walking to the bank at work or jogging in place to get my steps because that isn't intentional fitness. It's intentional fitness if I'm wearing my HRM (or if I'm at walking group, where fitness is the point).
Here you can see how bad Thursday was. It was so bad I accidentally broke my 8,000 steps a day streak that I'd had going since August 1st. I missed it by TEN STEPS. I'm going to keep going on my streak. If I can make it a full 12 months and just miss that one day I'll consider it a success.
I also want to b*tch about this No Evening Eating challenge. I'm eating 2200 calories A DAY. I don't WANT to have to cram in 1500 calories before dinner. Why should I eat if I'm not hungry and then have a rumbly tummy when I go to bed? The human body doesn't care when you eat something, it metabolizes it all the same way. I'll do my best for the team but this challenge sucks. I've been planning extra calories after dinner for years and it works for me to spread my food out all day.
Lastly, here are my badges for the week:
I probably won't get the LTGL badge next week, and I can guarantee you I won't ever lead in fitness minutes because 2 hours a day is a) overkill and b) not available time in my day.
Have a great week, everyone!