Friday, October 3, 2008

The Weigh-In Week 67

216.4! That's what it said on the scale this morning. A loss of .4 pounds.

Not a huge loss, but a loss none the less! Thus saving me from having to plan and cook all of our meals next week. Once again I say Phew.

Now in my defense I did plan and cook at least 2 meals this week. And I shopped for and planned tonights dinner. And I found a bunch of new recipes for us to try in the next few weeks, so no one can say I'm not doing my part.

You won't be hearing from me much next week. I am in a week long class, which is going to present a whole bunch of problems.

1. Apparently you are well fed at these classes. So I am going to have to exert some serious self control. One part of my plan is to eat at home every morning and skip the pre-class continental breakfast.

2. Since I workout on my lunch break, I am not going to get too many workouts in next week. Which is a bummer since I've finally got myself back into my workout routine at work.

3. Next Saturday is the big 10K race. I am going to have to squeeze in my final runs next week in the evenings after the girls go to bed.

Knowing all these challenges were coming next week was one of my main motivators for pushing hard to have two consecutive losses.

We'll see how next week goes, but I think I may try to get three consecutive weeks of loss starting the following week, as a good run up to Thanksgiving.

I am sad to say that this weeks winner would have been Laura with her guess of 0. I'm not sad that she would have been the winner. In my mind she's always a winner. I am sad that 0 is the closest to what I lost. But like I always say. A loss is a loss.

Have a great weekend everybody.

10/03 216.4 lbs
8.4 lbs. to go

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Guess How Much I Weigh Contest - Week 67

It would appear that I am still working off some bad eating over the weekend. I am less then a pound and a half away from having a loss this week. I am doing a 6 mile run this afternoon, 4-miles of it are supposed to be at 9 minute miles. The sweat alone should count for about three pounds of water weight.

As long as I eat well today I should have a chance at a loss.

On the upside, I did my 3-mile run on Tuesday in 26:54. That's the fastest 3-miles I have done since my last 5K race. I was worried my speed has been decreasing as I've increased my miles. Seems those people at Runners World really do know what they are doing! Thanks Runners World.

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!

10/02 216.8 lbs
8.8 lbs. to go

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Wife Weighs In...Week 47

You know, there was a time when I had a couple spare minutes on a daily basis to catch up on facebook, read a blog or two, or even catch up on a little personal e-mail. Lately, it seems as though all that extra time has completely disappeared. I don’t feel like I have time for anything that used to be part of my routine, including my workouts and meal planning. I have been exhausted all the time.

Here’s the question: is my “lack of time” an illusion? Am I using this imaginary lack of time as an excuse to not do the hard work that needs to be done? And, is this illusion of not having any time compounding my supposed “exhaustion”?

These are the issues I’m working on right now as I am trying to get to the heart of this weight loss plateau. I’ve been sitting within the same four-pound range since March, just before Tony and I went on vacation. Now, as cold weather is looming, I need to find some renewed motivation so that I don’t backslide during the winter. More on this story as it develops.

One positive note…this is the first autumn (for as long as I can remember) where I haven’t had to buy new “cold weather clothes” because the ones from the previous year were just a little too tight. That feels awfully good.

Until Friday,

(Consider this last Friday's weigh-in)

8/08/08: 183.0
9/19/08: 186.2
9/26/08: 185.2 (a loss of 1 pound)
Total loss of 43.2 pounds
3.2 pounds to next mini-goal of 182.0

Now We Are Cooking

So I baked my first ever apple pie last night and despite doing half the steps wrong it turned out pretty darn good.

To be completly honest I have to admit Laura did all the hard work. She peeled and cut all the apples and then decided to go to yoga class last night. Instead of cleaning up and leaving the pie making to her, I decided to give it a shot.

I know baking an apple pie in a week when I am trying to lose is maybe not the best strategy in the world. But, at least I'm helping out with the cooking!

And despite the pie being "nearly" magnificent, I had just one small slice.

I am sure Laura is rolling her eyes right now. I kind of spent a lot of time going on and on about how good my pie was last night. She may be a little sick of hearing about it by now... but the rest of eye rolling.

09/30 216.8 lbs
8.8 lbs. to go

Monday, September 29, 2008

Nearly 9 Miles

Sunday's run was supposed to be an 8-mile run. Due to the inaccuracy of the Nike+ set up I borrowed from a friend, it turned into a nearly 9 mile run.

My dad and Brother-In-Law and I headed out into a wet foggy morning early on Sunday. We could barely see ten feet in front of us. Thank goodness I had company because there was no view to distract me. Although, it was kind of fun running through the foggy. Very mysterious.

When we got to the place we thought was 4 miles, the Ipod said we had another 3/10 of a mile to go. So we pressed on. When I double checked our run on Map My, the route ended up being closer to 8.7 miles.

Either way I am extremely proud of making another huge running milestone.

Just two more weeks before the big 10K race and I am finally starting to feel like I have a chance to finish in under an hour.

It's a big week of runs this week. 3 miles tomorrow. 6 miles on Thursday. 2 Miles on Friday and another 8 miles on Sunday.

09/29 216.8 lbs
8.8 lbs. to go