I am truly baffled by my gain this week. My weight is up this week, 0.6 lbs.
I have been meticulously logging my food intake since starting my bootcamp weight loss challenge last week. I have been faithfully hovering at just under or just over 1200 calories (most days just under) every single day, no matter my activity level. I have exercised every single day since last Wednesday. I have significantly reduced my alcohol consumption.
In other words, this should have been a killer week on the scale.
My only guess is that somehow, my loss last week was exaggerated by the stomach flu I had just recovered from (which I suppose is possible). Or that there was a little too much salt in the food that I ate last night. Or that after having gone a week without significant exercise, I am holding water while building back some muscle. There could be a myriad of reasons why the scale is up rather than down.
This exact same thing happened to one of my fellow bootcampers this week. She’d done all of the same things, and was actually up two whole pounds. She was incredibly discouraged at class on Monday, and I consoled her by telling her that her hard work wasn’t for nothing. That likely the numbers would rebound on the scale next week. To keep plugging away at it despite the strange response from the scale.
And so I will do the same myself.
Current Week: +0..6 lbs
Total Weight Left To Lose: 10.2 lbs
This is the third time that I’ve run this race. Since I’ve only been running for two and a half years, it is the only race I’ve ever run three times. I hadn’t signed up until just two days ago, not sure that my schedule would be open today or not. When it looked like this weekend was clear, I bit the bullet and signed up.
I posted about it on Facebook, and a friend that I’ve recently met through running offered to go with me. I was super excited because this is a fun race, the kind of race you want to share with a friend or a group. Each time I’ve run it, I’ve run it alone, always thinking how great it would be to have a friend there. She and I made plans to meet up and drive in together (it’s a big race so parking is tough) this morning.
I honestly wasn’t sure how it was going to go, riding in with my new friend. I don’t know her well, although every time we’ve spent any time together, we’ve gotten along really well. And sure enough, we clicked right from the start of our time together. We both love the energy of a race and try to do them as often as we can. She’s faster than me but not crazy fast, so it didn’t feel like I was hanging out with someone terribly out of my league.
We got there early enough to find a good parking spot, grab our race bibs and shirts, and have plenty of time to chat in the warmth of the car before heading out. We got pretty lucky with the weather; the predictions are for a big storm to hit this area tonight, and has been very, very cold lately. But this morning it was dry and hovering around freezing, which in my book is practically perfect running temperature.
The race is huge, so we walked out to the starting line about ten minutes before start time. We both agreed on a meeting place for after, since we knew she’d be faster than me. The gun went off and we shuffled towards the starting line in the crowd.
I have been sick lately and injured my knees two weeks ago, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I haven’t even run outside at all in the last week at all! But the course is mostly flat and runs through beautiful neighborhoods around Yale University, so I told myself to just find a comfortable pace and enjoy the run. The first mile felt a little tough, because we hadn’t warmed up at all. So it was really just trying to loosen up and get warm.
Once I found my pace I really enjoyed the run. I felt like I was right at the edge of my comfort zone, but not too far over it. I watched people start to slow down and walk as I got close to mile 2, and while I felt a little tired, I wasn’t too discouraged by it. By mile 2.5 I knew I was getting closer to the end, and I knew I wouldn’t PR. I would have loved to do that, but I knew it was a longshot considering how little I’ve run lately. I was OK with it. I just kept working my pace and made the last few turns towards the end.
Finally, we turned the corner back to the bar where we’d started the race. I was able to really push myself for the last .1 and crossed the line strong. My net time was 36:37, not a PR by a long shot. But I never slowed to walk, and I hit negative splits at each mile, which is something I have never pulled off. The race felt good the whole time, and I was happy with it.
My friend met me at the finish, and we went inside the bar to enjoy the cover band and the free beer they give you after you finish. We had such a great time chatting and drinking that all of a sudden we looked around and realized that the party was over! There were hardly any food items left and no water! I grabbed us some apples and we walked back to my car, munching and chatting and marveling at what a fun time we had together.
Cheers to us!
I promised myself that I would continue my progress reports on the last day of every month, so here we are at the end of February. Let’s see where we are at.
1. Complete the 30 Day Squat Challenge in February.
I am doing this still. I missed a few days from being sick, but with the amount of rest days in this challenge, I will catch up soon. We are up to 220 squats a day. I break it up to 50 or so and do it as many times as I need to. I’m enjoying it.
Since I downloaded a 30 day challenge app with a lot of them in it, I’ve decided next month will be the burpee challenge. We start small but end at 100 in one day. Should be fun. Well, should be challenging, anyway.
2. Keep up my 2014 Run Streak for at least 30 more consecutive days (60 total).
I did not complete this. I made it to 45 before I suffered a knee injury in a fall, and then I got sick. I am getting back to running but I think it will be at least another few weeks before I can do it daily again.
3. Run at least one race a month.
I did get in a race in February, the 4 miler I did on 2/8. I have a 5K scheduled for March, but I was hoping to add a second to make up for the one I did not do in January. I have a 4 miler in mind, if my schedule cooperates. That will bring me back up to speed there.
4. Run at least 2 10Ks this year.
There’s one at the end of April that I like. I ran a Mother’s Day 10K last year, which I also liked, but it’s the day after our local animal shelter’s 5K. Not sure if I want to back to back like that, so we’ll see. But it’s early yet so I’m not worried about meeting this goal.
5. Run a half marathon.
I registered for a race! I will be running the Stratton Faxon Half Marathon on June 22. I should have plenty of time to get ready for it. I’m worried about it being warm that day, but I have heard great things about this race so I am psyched for it. Plus it’s a big race, which I love, because it always means I’m not the slowest. Maybe amongst the slowest, but not the slowest.
6. Finally reach my goal weight.
I’m within ten pounds of this goal as of today, a damn sight better than I was this time last month. And with our Bootcamp Fab, Fit and Fun challenge motivating me to stick to solid food choices and away from the booze, I’m feeling good about getting this one done this year.
Things are looking pretty good at the end of February!
This recipe is too good not to write up for myself and keep. Thank you to Running With Spoons for this amazing recipe. I will be making this over and over again for myself. I’m on the hunt now for low calorie, flavorful recipes now that I’m in my Bootcamp Fab Fit and Fun Weight Loss Challenge and this one delivered and then some.
- 1 tortilla/wrap of your choice (I used a 100 % whole wheat wrap)
- 2 Tbsp. squash or pumpkin puree (you can used canned pumpkin)
- 2 Tbsp. hummus
- spices of your choice (thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, etc)
- small handful of baby spinach leaves
- your choice of chopped veggies (mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli, etc)
- your choice of extra toppings (tofu, meat, cheese, avocado, apples, figs, etc)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Place the tortilla on the baking sheet, spreading it evenly with puree first, then hummus, until the entire surface is covered.
- Sprinkle on the spices, then create a thin layer of baby spinach leaves, discarding any stems.
- Spread the veggies over the spinach, as well as any extra toppings that you choose.
- Sprinkle the top with a dash of kosher salt and pepper.
- Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool slightly before enjoying. (I actually did 25 minutes, I think the sprouts needed a little more time)
This was extremely satisfying for lunch, even without any meat on it. I didn’t have any spinach on hand so I left that out. For my pizza toppings I used thawed frozen brussels sprouts, thawed frozen pepper strips, a handful of halved grape tomatoes and a 1/4 c shredded Italian cheese blend. I added the bit about salt and pepper at the end because I did think it needed that little kick.
For my pizza, here is the nutritional information. Yours will vary depending on toppings, tortilla, etc:
Carbs: 46 g
Fat: 15 g
Protein: 17 g
Sodium: 705 g (625 without the added salt, I bumped it up because I put on some after)
Sugar: 7 g
“I’m only one stomach flu away from my goal weight.” Devil Wears Prada
Alright so it didn’t take me down to my goal weight by any stretch, but it did take me down significantly this week. However, I did see the numbers start to rebound as of Sunday, when I started eating again. They peaked yesterday, so I think that I can safely say that this is a real weight gauge, not just being super dehydrated. I’ve been eating regular food for three days so I think this is where I’m at, with the losses from the stomach flu leveling out.
Down 3.8. Stomach flu sucked, but damn, that’s the lowest number I’ve seen on a scale in five years, easily.
The reason why I think the number is real is because our bootcamp started our weight loss challenge this week. And this time, my head is in it. I talked about hitting the reset on my last post about my eating habits and my drinking post flu, and it’s so far been two really solid days of good, clean eating and no booze. The number on the scale peaked yesterday, and then dropped back down again this morning. So that’s reflective of the real food I’m eating now, not the crap I threw up nearly a week ago.
This time the challenge feels different. Our bootcamp instructor had us all not only weigh in, but measure our bodies in like 8 different places. I wish I’d done that when I’d first started bootcamp classes, because I can tell my body has more muscle and is tighter. Still, it will be good to see how that works on this challenge. She also had us do a fitness test, like a baseline of how many of various exercises we could do in sixty seconds. I was day one post flu that day so my numbers were low, but again, it will show good progression and be motivating as we go.
But the biggest thing so far I think that is helping is we’re all trying to share ideas, recipes and photos of the food we’re eating. It’s helping to think that there’s like eight or so of us all doing the same thing together at the same time. Seeing what other people are eating and how they are tackling food choices is motivating and gives me ideas on how I can do things differently. We’re all interacting online doing this and it’s like having a 24 hour a day support group. It’s so far, two days in, been really wonderful and has made all the difference in my head space.
So I’m happy with my number this week, knowing the struggle both during and after the flu that it took to be here. I’m super excited to see a BMI that is closer to a healthy weight than obese for the first time in a long time. And I’m looking forward to the days ahead and figuring out good, creative choices that will keep me on the path toward my goal.
Current Week: -3.8 lbs
Total Weight Left To Lose: 9.6 lbs
Last Wednesday night was like most nights in my world. I’d had a late meeting and came home just before 9pm. I settled down on the sofa with my husband and a glass of wine and some cookies. The first glass led to a second, and then even a third. It had been a long day and I wanted to unwind. I didn’t give it a second thought, although I know I should have.
About three hours later I woke up with the most awful feeling that I was going to be sick. I went to the bathroom and at first thought maybe I was wrong.
But I wasn’t wrong. I was awfully, violently sick, for hours and hours. By morning I was literally pleading with God to make it stop.
It did finally stop, but after it was all over and the mind numbing tiredness ensued from having been up all night with the sick, I slept. I didn’t eat all day and the only thing I drank was water or ginger ale. I was disgustingly tired and thirsty, but nothing else. I had a headache. I was wasted.
After four days and finally feeling recovered, it has really put a reset on me and my thoughts about what I am putting in my body. In the days since the sick, I’ve been very careful: will this help me feel better or not? Is this a good choice considering my body’s current state or not? I ate toast and soup for two days and pondered this.
It should really always be this way, this simple. Will this food make me feel better, or not? Will this drink help my body be healthier and well, or not? Obviously the choices have been very simple for the last few days. Now that I’m feeling better, they will get more murky, but the mindset is there. I’m definitely more aware that my body is not invincible. I cannot keep pumping booze and crap into it and expect it to still perform for me when I want it to. I need to nurture my body not just in my exercise choices but in my food choices as well.
This illness was a wakeup call that was sorely needed. Like pushing a reset button on my habits that had gotten so out of control I wasn’t even really conscious of them. I’m not going to say I am grateful for getting sick, because it was absolutely terrible, but I definitely have a very different perspective on this side of it.
Down 1.2 lbs this week, which feels really good considering the knee injury thing and being out of town this weekend thing. Of course I was down a whole pound more before I left for said weekend, but let’s not go there, shall we? Let’s just celebrate the loss and be happy with that. Which I am. No complaints here.
To be honest I don’t feel like I’m doing all that much differently over the last few weeks so this feels a little like cheating to see a loss on the scale. I had cookies and wine over the weekend. But then again there’s been a lot of snow here and I have been spending a lot of energy moving it. I’m still doing my squats. And I actually have pulled back on the wine drinking which if anything is probably the biggest reason for the drop.
I also have been really tired lately, maybe it is all the shoveling, but I have been giving into it and sleeping at least 8 every night. Maybe that’s helping too. Either way, I like the trend and I’m going with it. It feels good to have two losses two weeks in a row. Our bootcamp weight loss challenge is coming up again and I’d like to enter it in the right frame of mind (aka a losing frame of mind). I’m not there yet, but I’m closer.
Current Week: -1.2 lbs
Total Weight Left To Lose: 13.4 lbs