You can tell by this post that even though I said I wanted to give up last week, I, in actuality, didn’t. I was upset for a hot minute and then got over it. And as my cousin Jen, one smart cookie, pointed out, when you work really hard one week you typically don’t see the results until the next week or two.
This week I tried really super hard to stay within 1,200 calories a day. And it was hard, but doable. I just really had to plan my meals so I didn’t end up starving at night because I didn’t have the calorie budge for dinner. The only day I totally threw that away and ate what I wanted to was Saturday. I was on a day trip up at Bear Lake and decided that being on a vacation justified a little indulgence. That’s better than a whole week of indulgence!
So this week, despite sticking really close to the 1,200 calorie per day mark most days I still came in 524 calories OVER my weekly budget. Saturday just really did me in ya’ll. Despite that I burned 1,362 calories through exercise. That’s no where near as many calories as I burned last week that was somewhere near the 6,000 mark. I’m trying to stick to my training schedule for the half marathon. Monday I walked 4 miles (and got eaten alive by mosquitoes), Tuesday I did my elliptical for 2 miles (I wanted to go outside but those skeeters scared me away), Wednesday I worked 12 hours, Thursday I rested again, Friday I walked 2 miles (abatement truck came and sprayed the skeeters dead!), and Sunday my friend Kari and I went on a 6 mile walk. We were supposed to do 7 miles but Kari’s calves were killing her and couldn’t walk another mile. And I did that despite having a horrible sunburn from Bear Lake.
So did the hard work of last week and the cutting of calories this week pay off?
I lost 2. 6 pounds!!!!
So my cousin Jen was right. All the hard work from last week and watching my calories like a hawk this week really paid off for me. So you rock, cousin Jen! Thanks to Jen and Chels for reminding me not to give up. Eyes on the prize, baby.
Ok peeps, rock on to week 8.
Since I’m on vacation, I’m not going to weigh myself. I need a consistent scale. Plus, I’m on vacation!
Even though I’m on vacation, I’m still keeping track of all my calories earned and burned on Lose It. My best friend is making me walk everywhere, so I have burned a lot. Luckily she took pity on me yesterday when I was limping along due to tired leg muscles and blistered feet. She let me buy a Subway pass to take to a very far destination.
This week I was over my weekly calorie budget by 134. I’d say that’s not too shabby for being on vacation in a city that is world-known for it’s fabulous food. I burned 2,680 calories through exercise. Not as good as last week, but walking burns considerably less calories than my elliptical machine. I feel skinnier, does that count? Actually in this city I feel like a cow since everyone is literally a stick figure!
Well peeps, I’m going to enjoy my vacation (boy, have I needed one) and I’m going to eat and walk and live a merry life. I’ll report back next Monday on whether the vacay was beneficial or detrimental to my diet.
On to week 5, bleeps!
Phew, this week has been interesting. First the hubs went to Seattle for a couple of days leaving me to parent alone. Then he ran the Wasatch Back on Friday and Saturday. Two more days alone. He did the exact same legs as he did last year, only he did better than last year. Which is amazing because he didn’t train at all. Who does that? I wish I was as naturally athletic as him.
So even though I was alone a lot this week, I actually worked out. It felt great! I’m pretty proud of myself. I have noticed that I’ve gone down considerably in my ability. I used to do the hardest program on my elliptical for 90 minutes. I couldn’t even survive 20 minutes on it my first night. I worked out 4 of the 7 days this week. I tried to work out every day but Wednesday I worked such a long day (10.5 hours) that I just wanted to come home, put on the pjs, and veg out in front of the TV. Friday night I had my brother over for some “Daria” while our respective spouses ran up and down mountains. Saturday I was so exhausted from hardly no sleep and being alone with the kids all day I went straight to bed as soon as they did. I still managed to somehow get my butt on the elliptical Sunday night after a day of Father’s Day and birthday celebrations.
Food was a different story for me this week. There were too many cookies, and brownies, and cupcakes just laying around begging to be eaten. I think this next week I’m going to lay off the baked goods and reach for fruit instead. It’s so hard because I have such a sweet tooth and salty tooth which makes junk food that much more appealing.
Despite that I came in 242 calories under budget for the week. I burned 3,204 calories through exercise.
I debated about whether or not to weigh myself. This is a week that mother nature has taught me is better spent off the scale. I did anyway and despite coming in under my calorie budget and essentially burning off a pound in exercise, I gained 1.2 pounds. But that’s what happens when Aunt Flo is in town. I shouldn’t have weighed myself. I’ve heard of women gaining up to 2 pounds during this special week.
Next Monday I’ll be in New York City with a different scale so I don’t think I’ll be weighing myself. Luckily there will be lots of walking going on to burn off all the good food I will be eating. I think when I get back from NYC, I’m going to try to burn 1,000 calories a day just to see what happens. Hey, I’ve got to build up my endurance for the half marathon so I might as well.
Rock on peeps, on to week 4….
This was my first full week doing Lose It again. I did pretty good with my food and counting calories. I set it up to lose just one pound a week, therefore giving me a bigger calorie budget, so that I could get used to eating less food. It worked because I didn’t feel deprived. I ended up being 59 calories under my calorie budget.
Now exercise was a different thing. I only really exercised one time this week, not counting going bowling on Saturday night with the hubs (my left glute is still sore from that). I think my lack of motivation comes from really not wanting to do the half marathon I signed up for. I know how painful a half marathon is and I’m not looking forward to subjecting myself to more pain. Blah! I know I need to exercise more. My lung capacity depends on it.
The results are in and…
I lost 1 pound!!!
That means Lose It is working for me. This gives me motivation to keep going. In a couple of weeks I’ll adjust my calorie budget to lose a pound and a half in a week and then a couple weeks after that adjust it to lose two pounds in a week. I don’t care what you see on The Biggest Loser or that crazy HCG starvation diet, but it’s not healthy to lose more than 2 pounds in a week.
Rock on! Continuing on to week 2.
In the last couple of weeks I haven’t written much. It’s just that lately I don’t have much to say. I also feel very complacent about Lose It. I haven’t been doing the program so I don’t feel like I should be writing about it. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great program. Using it helped me lose a lot of weight this summer. And even though there are parts of my body I’m not thrilled about, I’m generally happy with my weight overall. Maybe that’s why I’m having such a hard time staying committed to it the second time around. That and my penchant for laziness.
So that’s it for right now. It took me like 2 hours just to write this much. I’m easily distracted.
This week was a throw away week. I didn’t do much of anything. I didn’t train. I didn’t count my calories. I didn’t exercise. And I didn’t even blog.
This kind of gives you some insight into my mood lately.
However, one good thing happened this week. I’ve had several friends, including my sister-in-law KayLee, who have signed up to the Top of Utah Half Marathon. That is so cool. I’ll say Hi to you guys when you pass me.
Honestly, I don’t know if this week is going to be any better.
If you’re using my experiences with Lose It as inspiration or motivation I sincerely apologize. I’m just not feeling it lately.
With that said…I didn’t weigh myself this morning. My jeans fit and that’s all that matters.
Now, I need to go finish a book because it’s due at the library today. Later bleeps!
I think it’s no secret that I had a massive kidney infection this week. It hit me hard last Tuesday, and to be honest, I’m still recovering. I did what was best for me and ate things to get my system back in shape after taking so many strong antibiotics, like pro-biotic yogurt. Yummy. Because I was on pain pills, I was only really able to eat a little. They made me really nauseous on Wednesday and I ended up throwing up twice. I didn’t eat a whole lot, because I didn’t want to upset my system, so I was basically under my calorie budget every day. And not because I exercised. Unless you count laying in bed sweating off a fever exercise.
I got a lot of rest this last week and hopefully I’ve recovered enough to start to take baby steps into working out again.
I stepped on the scale this morning and…
I lost 1.4 pounds!!!
I can’t help but feel like this was only because the pain killers I was on made me lose my appetite completely. Oh well, a loss is a loss.
On to week 5, bleeps (that’s blog peeps).