And it’s Wednesday again!
Let’s hear it – your ups, your downs, goals you met or set, the ones you didn’t quite get to, and hell, even the ones you didn’t even pretend to try for because it was just one of those kinds of weeks. Trust me, I have had my share of those days lately.
Now, let’s get to it.
My Weight Loss
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Today’s weight: 160.8
Change from last week: +.4
Change from starting weight (168.8): -8.0
I learned a valuable lesson this week. I started to feel down because the numbers on the scale went the wrong direction despite eating really well (ok yes I had birthday cake but really my weekend wasn’t that bad). Then I thought for a second. All of my clothes are getting too big. So maybe it’s muscle development from all my exercise? I pulled out my handy measuring tape and ….
I’ve lost an entire inch off my waist!!!!!! And about 1/2″ off of every other measurement – hips, thighs, arms and calf. All total if you add the lost inches together I’ve lost 3″ around my body in the past month!! So while the scale is my temporary enemy, I know that I’m doing well and the inches and clothes prove it. At least I know it’s not that I’m not getting fitter – it’s just a shift in my body’s makeup. This was a valuable lesson for me – it’s not only the scale, but the inches and sizes. Which I know, and can feel the difference. But it gets disheartening to see the scale give me such results when I know I’m working so hard. I’m struggling with whether it’s just muscle building that’s happening, or whether I’m not eating enough calories to fuel my body so it’s in starvation mode. I yell at a friend who skips meals or eats too little because she feels fat, but I’m wondering if I’m eating enough to prevent starvation mode myself.
So I changed my myfitnesspal.com settings last night – I went to a goal of losing 1 pound per week instead of 2, and put myself down as “lightly active” instead of sedentary, because the reality of hauling 2 kids around, cleaning, and the fact that I am indeed working out means I’m not really sedentary anymore. My new amount of daily calories (before exercise) is 1420, so we’ll see what happens with that change and increased exercise over the next few weeks. With the weather improving and my children hopefully staying healthy, I hope to be increasing my running as I train so I will definitely need more fuel! Already hit the gym today thanks to a slow work morning.
For my mental/emotional health this week I did a lot of crafting. Girl’s birthday party is Saturday so I planned out cupcakes, made cupcake toppers and am working on a bunting to hang up for her as well. It’s a joint party with her older cousin, B, so there will be mixed and matched decorations but this way each girl gets something that is hers. In addition, I’ve totally increased my blogging time, starting an A-Z topic challenge and pre-drafting all my photo-a-day posts so they are ready to go each day with just a few clicks. Oh the things you can do when you’re wide awake at midnight!