Weight Loss Wednesday 2.26–Sorry not sorry

Weight: 172.6 pounds (down 0.8 pounds this week, down 32.6 pounds total)
Waist: 32.25 inches (down 4.75 inches total)
Hips: 38.5 inches (down 6.5 inches total)

So yeah, this blogging/weight loss thing kind of ground to a halt.  I had the migraine from hell that did end up requiring an IV.  The doctor says it was a virus, but the IV let me get it under control enough to survive until the virus was over (about a week total).  Since then it’s been a whirlwind of working, working out, and studying for the CPT exam.

My husband is home less than ever (not his choice) and Charlotte is starting to nap less and had a week of super early wake-ups, which meant I had no free time.  I won’t blog when the kid is awake and we are home alone, so there was really no time because I work all morning before she wakes up and then through her nap.  I’d say I’m sorry, but I’d be lying.

Clearly I’ve stalled out on the weight loss since I’ve lost 0.8 pounds in three weeks.  I’ve also been at this for 6 months now and I know the problem is diet.  I work out a ton, so I’m starving.  And then I binge around 4PM because I just can’t wait to eat any longer.  I’m not actually sure what to do about it because it just feels like I’ve run out of willpower at that point.  And yes, those Goldfish crackers did taste as good as thin feels because I was fucking hungry.

Anyways, I’ve tried chewing gum, which is what always used to work for me, but it’s not helping.  I also had my yearly gynecologist visit and she seemed concerned that I want to lose to much weight.  She also suggested I focus more on body fat percentage than weight.  I do have access to a bioelectrical impedance handheld device, but I always do it wrong (seriously, my ACSM textbook gave a very specific list of conditions that must be fufilled for anything approaching an accurate result).  I need to think about how I want to approach this and if it’s time for my scale to take a visit to the closet for a few weeks.

My BYNGO shirt is all the validation I need.

I’ve been trying to keep up with swimming (it’s hard) and I’ve missed a lot of group fitness classes lately thanks to not feeling well and aforementioned doctor’s appointment.  I have kept up on my runs, though and did 8.5 miles last Saturday with the 11:15 pace group.  I also registered for the Emerald City Half Marathon on 9/3 because I’m clearly building my miles up a lot faster than I anticipated (it helps to start half marathon training in really solid 10K shape).  Emerald City is cheap, small, and local, so I thought it would be fun.

I need better lighting and someone to fix the huge hole I put in the paint. Please and thank you.

I LOVE my new pace group.  It’s a really good fit for me and I’ll be sad when I have to stop running with the full marathoners (I’m not going above 12 miles) in another month or so.  The half marathoners seem nice, it’s just a bigger group so I haven’t gotten to know them as well.  Last week we did an atrocious hill that made me curse everyone the whole way up.  Of course I was the happiest kid ever going down.  Seriously, I kept telling everyone how great the run was on the way down.  I think they were laughing at me considering the amount of swearing while we were going up.

I did hill repeats with Mandy and Lynne for Mandy’s birthday today (Mandy sold me on it during our hour and a half hike yesterday evening).  They hurt.  A lot.  Normally I can’t meet them, but my husband had the day off, so he stayed with the kid.  I then finished my five miles with a final mile at 9:45 min/mile.  I have no friggin idea how I pulled that out considering my legs felt like bricks, but it was awesome.

From the hike. The kids were holding hands and it was freaking adorable.

Post-hill repeats. SO done! That’s the hill we ran up a whole bunch.

So that’s some new stuff.  Maybe I’ll manage to post other stuff on Friday.  Maybe not.  I am going to celebrate the holiday with Buffalo chicken dip, cookie cake pie, and ribs, so one can only assume that I will not lose weight this week.  I’d say I care, but it’d be a lie.

But hey, you get cute baby!

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Married 20-something in flux and trying to cope by running and occasionally crafting.
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11 Responses to Weight Loss Wednesday 2.26–Sorry not sorry

  1. Terzah says:

    You’re a good friend to do hill repeats for Mandy’s birthday. I would have gotten her one of those brownies I won from you last year. :^)

    Yay for another half-marathon! I think you’re all going to have a great day in Detroit!

  2. Mandy says:

    I love you for hiking with me AND running hill repeats the next day!

    FYI – Emerald City is August 25th. ;)

  3. Michael says:

    The diet is so hard to get under control…I don’t know why. I struggle with it way more than I would like to. I would love to have a running group like that. There are plenty of running groups in our areas…but most are just group runs and there are hardly ever any slower running so I still end up running by myself :(

  4. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says:

    Having watched your journey over the last year+, you look amazing!! Seriously- so much progress to celebrate. As for starving at 4pm, I don’t know if you’re looking for tips, so feel free to ignore this… but one thing that may help is loading up more at breakfast and lunch (lots of protein and veggies, small amount of fat for satiety) so you won’t be too hungry by the evening and finish with a small dinner. Might be worth experimenting with? But as I said, you’ve really made amazing progress!

    • I finally started eating eggs for breakfast instead of just fruit and yogurt and it’s helped in the morning. I’m trying to plan my snacks a little better so that they include more protein. And I need to do more veggies! It’s hard with food allergies because I feel so limited, but it would keep me fuller. Thanks, Laura!

  5. afhill77 says:

    Sorry with your weightloss struggle – but on the brightside, if you see a pattern, you can try to avoid it! After working out, try to have some protein – even just a handful of almonds or something? Have something BEFORE that 4pm hanger hits, so you can be in control of your choices.

    I read the Gary Taubes book “Why We Get Fat” and he brought up a good point – let’s say we’re going out for a big meal as a treat, what might we do to be sure we’ll be nice and hungry and able to enjoy it? We may fast, or work out to “work up an appetite”. Those are things we do to GET hungry.. so it almost seems counter-intuitive we think they’ll help us lose weight.
    I’m not entirely sure I agree with everything he writes about, but that concept resonated with me. You WILL get hungry.. so it’s really a matter of heading it off at the pass before you’re starving and willing to eat whatever is available.

    Best of luck!

    • Haha, funny you mention almonds! I just tried these cinnamon almonds and I’m totally hooked! You are definitely right that I tend to “save” my calories for the end of the day because I worry about eating too much at night. I think I’m going to have to check out that book. Thanks!

      • afhill77 says:

        Yum, cinnamon almonds sound delicious! Although.. they don’t have a lot of sugar, do they?

        Taubes advocates low carb, which I am not a huge fan of (especially since I’m vegetarian, so I eat a LOT of vegetables!). A couple other nutrition plans I like are those advocated by Vinnie Tortorich of the Angriest Trainer podcast (No sugar, no grains) or Tim Ferriss (“Slow carb” – stay away from high GI foods, eat legumes like beans or lentils with every meal) or just the Eat Clean diet. All of them basically share the idea of cutting out nutrient-void foods like white sugar, white rice, white flour in place of nutrient dense foods. Ideally you shouldn’t have to take in as many calories since you’re getting higher quality food.

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