I was quite surprised to see on the scale 225.6 when I weighed in Friday at Weight Watchers. It was a 5.2 pound loss from the previous week. My scale at home only said I was 227. So I like the other number better. I’m 1 pound away from my 10% goal! I’m very excited. And 2 pounds away from 25 pounds lost. So I’m hoping to lose 2 pounds. But we’ll see.
4 weeks ago I joined an online game pool to lose 4% of my weight in 4 weeks to get a shot at splitting the pot. It was $15 to get in. I did great my 1st week and petered out. Totally. The thought of winning money did not help sustain any weight loss efforts! Bummer! So I’m out $15. Oh well. It’s a neat idea. Maybe I’ll give it another shot sometime when I’m feeling more dedicated.
Emotional eating is still a severe struggle for me. Obvs. It’s only been a few months since I’ve started tackling the issue. It’s so hard to stay on track when I’m upset or stressed or tired. One weakness of mine is drinking soda at work when I’m tired. I sometimes feel like the sugar/caffeine works. Sometimes it doesn’t. There are some days though I’ve had 2 quarts of Sprite! Even 1 quart is too much. I got diet coke instead the other night but it wasn’t the same and I did not enjoy it. I should go back to drinking iced tea. That caffeine definitely helps.
I’ve only had a few mini-binges this summer. I don’t full out binge, which is good since I’m not doing too much caloric damage, but I have to stop walking that path and digging a rut. I gotta say though eating crap really does make me feel better after. I’m not one of those people that’s filled with shame and regret and I don’t binge to the point of being uncomfortable. So yeah, eating a sleeve of Oreos can make me feel better when I’m stressed or sad. Which makes the habit that much harder to break.
I basically haven’t lost any weight since July. That’s $80 of WW’s fees down the drain. BUT I also haven’t gained any of it back. Because even though I haven’t been diligent about tracking and losing weight, I haven’t given up on trying to live a healthier life. Which makes me think that this time is different. That no matter how long this process takes me, it’s gonna stick. The same way running has stayed a part of my life- however inconsistently in the first 6 months.
This past Sunday I ran a 10 mile race at the last minute up in the Bronx. I’m really glad I did! Both as a dress rehearsal for how to handle the half-marathon as far as what to wear, eat, drink, all that stuff, and also to check in that I still have some work to do in the next few weeks to keep building my strength and stamina. The 10 miles were good, but I really don’t think I had another 3 in me. So I have to really be diligent about my mid-week runs. Which have actually been boring me a touch, so I’m making sure to make them interesting by doing some speed work, which will also hopefully help with speed. I’d love to do the half-marathon in maybe a 13- min/mile? I started out that pace for the 10 miler but I peetered out around mile 7. I think needed more calories. But also my legs were tired. So far this week I did a repeat session. I did 3 mins high intensity with a 2 min walk in between. I only did about 3.5 so next week I’m aiming for 5. And today I’m aiming for 4 miles Fartlek style. I’m doing another long run Sunday and I’d like to do 10 miles again. And the next 2 Sundays will be 6-7 miles to taper.
I’m back to going to my WW meetings. Heading to one a little later (missed my favorite leader this morning though cause I slept too late 😦 But I also worked 10 days in a row, so yeah…). I’m going to resume my tracking today. I hate it, and it’s labor intensive (especially when I eat staff meal at work and I have no real idea what’s in it so I’m totally guessing), but counting points or calories is really the only way to lose weight. Everyone keeps saying it, and it’s true. Because I stopped losing when I stopped counting. Even though I remained mindful.
And I’m also getting some food because I have like NONE in the house and I ate a Fiber One brownie just to stop the rumbling in my stomach, but I’m definitely hitting up the grocery store for lunch and dinner and some staples.
It’s just under 4 weeks until my half marathon! I’m getting very excited. I’m still seriously in love with running. But mostly mu long runs. I ❤ long runs. They’re so relaxing and a confidence boost. But they leave me in a lot of pain lately because I’m seriously slacking in the mid-week run department. Like not doing them, or doing them half assed.
But I’m going to go do one right now- so I’ll update more later!