Friday, April 11, 2008

The Wife Weighs In...Week 23

Happy Friday, GHMIW fans!

My experience this week has been much like my darling husband's (read below). This week was supposed to be a stand-off week, but it was not a true stand-off. I didn't log my eating and I only got to the gym once this week...for yoga on Monday night. Life just got in the way this week.

Unlike my darling husband, even though I had a good loss this week, I don't feel like celebrating. My goal in this stand-off week was not just weight loss. My real goal was regaining the feeling that I was back to my routine...that feeling of being completely in control. My deep-seeded fear is that if I do not get back to routine (fast!) I will begin to backslide, just like I have a million times before. I refuse to let that happen again.

So, the hope is that next week will be true stand-off. Meal planning, food and activity logging, and at least 4 visits to the gym. Wish me luck!

Until next week,

(a.k.a., Elle Tee Jay)

My update:
4/04/08: 186.2 pounds
4/11/08: 184.0 pounds (a loss of 2.2 pounds)

Total loss: 43.4 pounds
Next goal: 182.0 pounds
P.S. Is anyone else completely psyched for the finale of "The Biggest Loser" on Tuesday night? Ali is my new idol...

The Weigh-In Week 44

217.6!!! That's what it said on the scale this morning. A loss of 4.4 pounds!!

I am amazed at this loss. This weeks standoff was not very successful...well obviously it was successful but it wasn't a true standoff. Part of it was some weak willed moments on my part and some of it was life getting in the way.

I had to skip my workout and have lunch out yesterday. Then, due to an incredibly inconvenient power outage, we were forced to take the girls out for dinner last night. I thought for sure that this messed up Thursday was going to completly throw off my week. Amazingly I lost an extra .2 pounds from yesterday morning to today. I am sure the calories will catch up with me in a day or two.... but right now I feel like celebrating.

The celebration ends on Monday though. Next week will be a real standoff week...complete with an iron will and 5 days of hardcore gym time. Unless life gets in the way again.

No winner this week, but my Mom was closest, even if she was more than a pound off.

Have a great weekend everybody. If you are here in Minnesota cuddle up with someone you love and do your best to survive this one last cruel burst of winter. Next week spring starts. Fingers crossed!

04/10: 217.6 lbs
9.6 lbs. to go

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Guess How Much I Weigh Contest - Week 44

This stand off has not been my most successful, although the pounds do seem to be coming off. I am pretty confident that their should be a pretty big loss despite my two or three minor indiscretions this week.

Yesterdays run was just as brutal as Monday's, but I was only a minute slower then my St. Patty's day 5K time of 26:55 so I am getting my legs back.

Step right up, step right up.
Guess how much I weigh and win a fabulous prize.

To Recap:
Every Thursday I give you my stats for the week and you guess what you think the scale will say on Friday morning. The winner is the first person who guesses my weight / weight loss for the week without going over or the person who is closest without going over. Go ahead and click on comments at the bottom of this post and leave your guess.

I will post the winner when I post my weight on Fri. morning. If we get ten or more guesses I will have a prize for the winner.

Let the guessing begin. Good Luck!

04/10: 222 lbs
14 lbs. to go

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

I have discovered the best reason to not take a break from your regular workout routine, it really hurts once you start up again.

Getting back into the swing of things is going to take a little time and a little pain. Even though I had a few runs on vacation, getting back on the treadmill really hurt yesterday. I was going to try for a 4 mile run, but I was lucky to make 3.3 miles. I know it will get a little easier with every run from here on out, but that first time back takes a lot of will power.

Today will be my first strength training day in two weeks. As you can imagine I am not looking forward to it....the word dread comes to mind.

But it's stand off week and skipping a work out is not an option!

I am still agonizing over my bike decision. This is what I do. I obsesses and obsess over purchase decisions and then always seem to end up with the wrong thing. I am trying to find a nice used fitness / hybrid bike that will work for both the triathlon and riding around with the kids. Sadly there are not a lot of them out there.

According to the bike store guy, I should be buying two bikes. One for racing and one for recreating.

I wish I could afford to do that...and had room in my garage. The plan is to make a decision by this weekend. I have a bid on a bike on E-Bay right now, if it holds, problem solved. If it doesn't hold I'll probably be heading to the bike store on Saturday.

04/07: 222 lbs
14 lbs. to go

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Problem With Binges

So I figured out a problem with my mini binges this weekend......I mean besides the obvious ones like extreme excess calories, weight gain, food addiction, etc.

When I sneak food I always choose really crappy food, and because of it I end I up feeling guilty and unsatisfied.. instead of just guilty. It is the dumbest thing. I know addiction by it's very nature makes us do stupid things and the irrational cravings are just that, irrational...but really you think I could have enough self respect to choose delicious deserts instead of the overly processed sudo-foods I grab from the gas station. It's always the gas station!

I have been having a tough time getting over vacation mode. The end of last week was pretty much a wash on the healthy living front. I only worked out on Thursday and I snacked endlessly. The worst was Friday night. I stopped to get propane for the grill on the way home and somehow ended up with a gas station cookie and thing of zingers in my pocket.

My lovely wife happened to glance at the receipt and called me on my indiscretion. Some wives check for lipstick on the collar, mine checks for chocolate in my mustache.

The whole ugly episode got me thinking. Instead of giving in to these cravings for crappy junk food, I need to save up and treat myself every once and a while to some real treats. Things that are worth the guilt. A slice of pie from Bakers Square, a small Butterfinger blizzard, some deep fried Oreos at our deep fried food party that we planed while at that crazy restaurant on vacation.

Sneaking junk food simply perpetuates my addiction. If I can be open and honest with my treats, I can do away with the guilt and the tummy aches once and for all.

Today starts a new Standoff Week. I have ten pounds to lose and 4 weeks to lose it. Time to buckle down. Somehow I have a feeling it's going to be a tough week. My willpower is weak. I am hoping once my body remembers how good it feels to get off that treadmill that things will start to turn around.

04/07: 222 lbs
14 lbs. to go