Week 13 Weigh In/Round 3 of FMD

Start of Week 12: 159
End of Week 12: 160
Weight Gain This Week: 1 lb
Total Weight Loss: 15 lbs
Round 3 Results:  +1 lb

Well, there it is.  The numbers don’t lie, and that’s exactly why I’m using this blog to keep myself accountable, even if no one reads it.  I need to be honest with where I am and why this round wasn’t successful.

The simple answer:   I didn’t stay on plan.

The more complicated answer:  This round of the Fast Metabolism Diet occurred at the end of my school year, which included five or six graduation parties and a 12 hour road trip to a family wedding.  But it isn’t just those…there were definitely days which included clear choices to eat food not on program, and there were many times when I allowed myself alcohol. Even though I had much more consistent exercise this round than the previous two, I still did not see the results I wanted.  I had hoped to lose five pounds this round and I instead gained weight.

The only upside I will say about it is, these same choices that slowed my progress on the program this round are the same types of choices I let run wild last summer.  That’s how I gained 15 pounds from May through September.  I drank, I ate, and thought I could erase it all with exercise.  The lesson here is clear:  food choices are everything.  Exercise is a great addition to any eating plan but there is no substitute for good, clean eating to lose weight.  So while I did post a gain here, I did much better than last summer and am committed to keeping myself in check for the next four weeks.

I’ll be rereading the book this week, making a trip to the grocery now that I am back home and get back to the recipes and choices that will get me back on track.

Exercise this past week:

M:  42 lap swim
T: none – 12 hour car ride
W: 7.15 mile walk
Th: 3.7 mile walk
Fri: 3.25 mile walk
Sa: 2.9 mile walk
Su: none – 12 hour car ride

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Monday Weigh In – Week 12

Seems silly to keep counting the weeks on the plan at this point.  I’m on the plan until I’m not.  But I suppose it helps me figure out where in the process.

Very disappointed to see hardly any movement on the scale today.  Because the week looked like this:

159.6, 159.8, 159, 159.6, 158.6, 158, 159.6, 159 (yes I weigh myself daily)

WTF?

Except I know what it is.  In a word, it’s the weekend.

This weekend we had three graduation parties.  And while I was very much better than I ever was before I started this plan, I still didn’t stay perfect.  I had a bit of pizza (much less than I ever would have before!).  I had wine (again, less than I would have before).  No, I didn’t touch desserts anywhere I went (not even the party with the healthy stuff).

So I could be mad about this week.  Or I could remember that I gained 15 pounds last summer, and I’m not doing that this year.  I’m still losing, albeit slowly.  And I know I’m doing great things for my body with the food I’m choosing and the exercise I’m doing training for the tri.  So I’m going into this next week (12 hour road trip and six days away from home…and my blender….and my rhubarb) not feeling negative about where I am.  I’m choosing to feel positive and confident that I can navigate the choices ahead of me and still come home with a minus on the scale in a week.

Start of Week 11: 159.6
End of Week 11: 159
Weight Lost This Week: 0.6 lbs
Total Weight Loss:  16 lbs

Exercise this week:

M:  36 lap swim
T:  5 mile walk
W:  8.25 mile bike
Th:  2 mile run/walk, 30 min strength
Fri:  Yoga
Sa:  10.25 mile bike

 

Triathlon Training: Week 2

I actually have done all of my workouts so far for my plan for the triathlon.  I’m kind of amazed that I’m doing this and enjoying it. Here’s how it went:

Monday:  36 lap swim

I had 26 laps on the schedule but since I’d already done 30 last time I went it seemed like it would make more sense to keep adding on.  I could tell the difference over last time…I wasn’t as winded and felt stronger.  Plus I really do love the calm of swimming.  So peaceful.

Wednesday:  8.25 mile bike

The schedule said 45 min bike for this week, and I hit 44 min 42 sec for this ride.  Close enough.  I learned my lesson on the route and planned a more conservative, less hilly route.  I completed this ride in ten minutes less than last weekend’s and it was 3/4 of a mile longer!  Still getting sore legs riding though, which tells me I need more work to get strength in my legs.

Thursday:  2 mile walk/run plus  30 min strength training

The schedule said 20 min run for this week.  It has been so long since I did any sort of attempt at run/walking so I again was cautious and chose the Couch25K Week 3 day 3 run on my app.  I added a few more minutes at the end and I think I ended up with 13 minutes of running, so obviously I’m behind here.  However, this felt really good and shows me right where I am.  Again, I don’t plan on really running all that much during the run interval, so I’m good with it.

Friday:  Yoga

My normal studio is closed this week so I opted for a class at the Y.  It was a little too light for me but still good after all the activity to get a little looser.

Saturday:  10.25 mile bike

I chose to double up on my bike this week because I’ll be traveling next week and won’t be able to do it at all on my trip.  Still getting sore but can feel improvement here.

Sunday:  Rest Day/Volunteering at Kids’ Tri

I have just over 2 months to prepare for this tri and I’m getting nervous!  Still such a long way to go with my fitness…I’m just starting at such a deficit compared to where I was the first time I did this.  I know I will be able to complete it but at this stage it still seems pretty daunting.  But I’m enjoying the process so far!  The structure of a training plan is really helping force me to get workouts in.

I will be traveling from Tues-Sun next week so obviously my training will suffer.  It’s pretty much going to be walks three or four of the days and that’s it.  I built an extra week in my training program so it shouldn’t put me off schedule that much.  But that’s life right?  You do what you can do, when you can do it.

Tri Training (Again): Week 1

So here I am going into my third triathlon.  This one is a sprint distance tri, very doable:  1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.

I’ve been so far away from fitness, really being fit, since my accident two years ago, that this will be a major challenge for me.  I did some research on training:  since I am less fit than before, I can’t exactly follow the same training regimen.  I have to start slow, but I do have to start.

This week was an easy entry into the plan:  22 lap swim, 45 min bike and 15 min run.

Last Tuesday I got in the pool at the YMCA for the first real lap swim since my last tri three years ago.  It was slow but I actually was able to manage 30 laps with breaks in between.  It actually felt really good to get back in the pool and I am looking forward to more swimming this summer.

Saturday I hopped on my bike.  It was so much harder than I remember!  That is probably because I am in worse shape.  Plus I chose a hillier route than I should have, thinking I was in better shape.  It was brutal and I felt shredded after it.  I ended up doing 7.5 miles in 54 minutes.  I walked up several hills with the bike.  It was not my favorite but I’m going to adjust this week and hope for a better result.

I never did manage the run.  I did several three mile walks but never did a run. I know that I will probably be walking most of the run portion of this tri, as the route is a trail and hilly and I will be tired.  I’m not super worried about the run training on this one, but I will do make myself get onto a treadmill or get out at 6am (before the heat, we’re in a big heat wave here) and get in a Week 3 or 4 Couch 2 5K run.

Overall I’m OK with my week 1 training.  I added yoga and even kayaking in for a solid week.  Looking forward to this cycle!

Week 10 on the FMD

Start of Week 10: 160
End of Week 10:  159.6
Weight Lost This Week:  0.4 lbs (grrrrr)
Total Weight Loss: 15.4 lbs

Exercise this week:
M:  30 laps in pool
W:  3 mile walk
Th:  60 min yoga
F:  2.7 mile walk
Sa:  7.5 mile bike
Su:  1 hour kayak

To say I’m disappointed with this week’s weight loss is an understatement.  I’m not really entirely sure why it is so little, as I was obviously very active this week.  I guess it has to be that I still wasn’t 100% to the letter on the program…I’ve been able to not be perfect before and have it still work for me, but that was clearly not the case this week.  I know plateaus happen but it seems crazy to me for it to be happening at this stage when I still have so much more to lose.  But I am going to keep on keeping on, reminding myself that the scale is giving me feedback and that some adjustments can be made to get better results.

That being said, I’m excited to have discovered a few new great things to eat this week.  I finally nailed the rhubarb meringue. I’d been wanting to make it since I read online it was a game changer, but I couldn’t find any rhubarb around here.  Finally got some at the opening of our local farmers’ market.  My first try was a total fail…it was like rhubarb with sweetened scrambled eggs on top.  But I whipped the egg whites much longer the second time and it baked up beautifully.  I want to try the rhubarb mousse this week since it is hot here.  I also made the limeade slushy and it too is a game changer!  With these hot temps, I’m definitely going to use this with all sorts of citrus!  I made another one with grapefruit yesterday and it was perfection.  Finally I also discovered using quinoa for breakfast this week instead of oatmeal.  I made a cool tomato/zucchini/fresh basil with red wine vinegar mixture with some quinoa I had left over for dinner and it was delicious.  Hoping this week I can get back on track with some fully compliant recipes that are delicious and still bringing me towards my goals.

I also started triathlon training this week.  I will do a separate post on that, but I’m excited to bring some structure to my exercise with a goal this summer.  The tri is September 9.

Onto week 11.

Week 9 on the FMD

Start of Week 9: 159
End of Week 9:  160
Weight Gain This Week: +1 lb
Total Weight Loss: 15 lbs

Exercise this week:
LIterally nothing other than long days of taking care of out of town guests and party prep for my daughter’s graduation party.

This post should be titled “Week 9 Sort of Not Really On The FMD.”

This week was a crazy one.  Last week of work at school, daughter’s graduation and party, my father and son and parents in law coming in from out of town.  Something has happened in the last few years with the parents…it has gone from them coming and helping us with food and dinners and cleaning to us taking care of them and making sure they are safe and cared for when they visit.  Both my father and parents in law are in late 70s/early 80s and it is starting to show with them.

Graduation was Thursday and our party was Saturday so there was much to do.  Throw into that mix my husband taking chemo therapy and my daughter starting a new job and I was barely staying afloat.  I ate on plan about 60 % of the time I’d say, and there was alcohol every single day.  By the end of the week I could feel that familiar complacency of “well, I’ve been doing this all week and it hasn’t been so bad.”  I saw a 158 on the scale during this week and got lazy.

So the scale was a reality check this morning.  Up a pound over last week.  If I want to keep losing weight I have to do better.  Back on the program I go.  Looking forward to getting back on track this week.  I plan on starting my triathlon training this week too…so here’s to a summer of exercise, delicious food that is healthy, and more continued weight loss.

Fast Metabolism Diet 56 Day Recap

Start of Week 8: 161.2
End of Week 8: 159 (I broke out of the 160s!!!!!!)
Weight Loss This Week: 2.2 lbs
Starting Weight: 175
56 Day Weight Loss: 16 pounds

Exercise this week:
M,W,F:  2 mile walks at school with colleagues
T:  4 mile walk around lake
Sa:  2 mile walk plus 1 hr yoga

So today is the last day of my second round of the Fast Metabolism Diet.  To say I am thrilled with the results both this week and overall would be an understatement.  I am so grateful to have finally found what works for me to get back to where I want to be.

After two rounds now I feel very confident in the plan.  I am not perfect:  there has been wine and traveling and even sometimes pizza.  To make this more of a lasting change, I go with the flow.  I’m probably on plan 90% of the time.  I’m still drinking coffee, but I’ve cut my consumption by 50% and I drink it after I eat (per Haylie Pomroy’s suggestion).  But I’m fine with the phases, I have figured out go tos (smoothies were a game changer as was raw cacao powder) and I’m enjoying the food I’m eating.  I have always said I wanted to learn how to lose weight eating real food, not some crazy gimmick cleanse or whatever.  To have found food I enjoy eating that helps me meet my goals is what is keeping me in the game.

I haven’t been as good with exercise this round, but I’m looking forward to school ending (I am a teacher) and having more time to get in good, solid exercise.  I am planning on a sprint triathlon in September, and I have exactly twelve weeks from today to get ready for it.  I know I can do it.  But I’m looking forward to the process.  That being said, I’ve gotten much better at sneaking in activity at work:  20 minutes of walking before school starts, 20 minutes of walking during lunch equals two solid miles.

Recipes I discovered this week:

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Hamburger Steak W/Onion & Mushroom Gravy

Lemon Mug Cake: Three egg whites, juice of 1 lemon, sweetener to taste, lemon rind. Bake 2 min @50% power or 15 min or so @350 in oven.  This one is still a work in progress.  It was more like souffle than cake but I only did it in the microwave.  Still worth working on.

So from here?  Another 28 day cycle.  My goal used to always be 135 or so, but realistically for me I’d be happy somewhere between 140-145.  I am sure I won’t be keeping on pace with 8 lbs a month forever…but ideally by the time the next school year starts I would be a lot closer to there than where I am today.  Last summer I gained 12 pounds, and proceeded to gain another 8 over the fall/winter to land at 175. This summer will be different.  This summer I should finally be able to say goodbye to the last of last year’s gain and then some.  Very, very exciting.

Onto Round 3!