|Before the snow and cold got too bad,
Belle got to play a little fetch (her favorite thing!)
What an absolutely crazy weather week. Last Sunday dumped a (metaphorical) ton of snow on us. The high temperature on Monday and Tuesday was well below zero (with windchills around -40*F), and then by Thursday it’s raining. While rain isn’t my favorite, I’ll say that I definitely like it more than the 18″ of snow plus dangerous cold. Both Belle and Clarke totally agree with me.
It’s been a good, positive week around these parts for me. I’m starting to feel like this is all starting to click into place. As much as I hate to admit it, I think the lesson about the photo shoot pushed me to really consider what I was doing and why and how I needed to finish this out.
Another geek-like purchase: I got a wifi-enabled scale. Right now I weigh myself close to every day, but only record it when it’s good. This way, every time I’m on the scale, it gets sent online for me to look at. I think this is going to keep me more accountable on the weekends, which is when I tend to “cheat” because my weekly measurements are out of the way and I’ve got 7 days before I have to do it again. Perhaps I’ll review it here later this week.
And anyway, enough chit chat…
Only good news here. My weight is down far enough that I’ve officially lost 10+ pounds since I started. WaHOOOOOO! The number on the scale isn’t the only metric I care about, but it’s where I’ll see the most immediate progress. Measurements were about the same as last week.
This was a “do whatever you like” week. Work out hard, do the same workouts, relax and do nothing at all … up to me. I trained every day except Friday (and I doubled up on Saturday to make up for the skipped Friday). I strength-trained three times and did cardio the other days — felt good.
This is back on track and feeling good. Because of my schedule and a marathon dog training session last night that lasted until my bedtime, I didn’t have dinner and ended up fasting for 21 hours (and doing my morning workout in a fasted state). And you know what? It wasn’t so bad. There were times when I felt a pang of hunger, but it passed and then everything was fine. Remember: hunger is not an emergency.
This weeks habit was no new habits! The official line was to take a look back at the previous habits and perhaps work on some of the ones that were more troublesome for us. I opted to just eat healthy, work out every day and basically treat this week as if it were the rest of my life. And things were good.
Weeks 1-2: Fish oil and probiotic
Weeks 3-4: Eating slowly
Weeks 5-6: Stop eating at 80% full
Weeks 7-8: Lean protein with every meal
Weeks 9-10: 5 servings of vegetables a day
Weeks 11-12: Make smart carb choices
Weeks 13-14: Plan Meals
Weeks 15-16: Log all food
Weeks 17-18: Create a sleep ritual
Weeks 19-20: Drink only zero calorie beverages
Weeks 21-22: Use targeted recovery strategies
Weeks 23-24: Eat only whole foods