|Weigh-in no. 44 (- 0.8 lbs)|
Starting weight: 327.0
Last week : 271.4
This week: 270.6
Loss of - 0.8
Total Loss - 56.4 lbs
I get the feeling that over the next couple months, I'll keep losing and gaining the same couple of pounds over and over. But as I decided a couple weeks ago, I've committed to maintaining until I get my dissertation finished (I know y'all are going to get tired of hearing about it, but it is pretty much all my life consists of right now!).
However, perhaps I should say that even though I didn't go to the gym this week, I did run/walk intervals and churned out 45-50 pages. That, I think, is worth celebrating!
Also, my best friend back at home put some goodies in the post for me for my birthday, including some clothes that I had ordered from Old Navy (on a side note: jeans here in the UK/Ireland don't seem to be made for big-bottomed girls. Most larger women I see here (or most people in general, I have to say) have kinda flat patooties.....and, for that reason, the jeans just never seem to fit me right around the hips and ass area. So I have to order them from the states). I ordered 2 XXL t-shirts (not the plus-size, but normal XXL) and 2 pair of jeans in size 18 & 16, so I could work my way into them over the next few months. The t-shirts? Kinda big! I can still wear them, but I think I could have gotten away with an XL in both. And the jeans? I could put on the 18's and wear them, but I wouldn't leave the house in them just yet. So nearly there....and while I've committed to maintaining, perhaps they'll be a good motivation to lose just that little bit so that I can wear them.
On the exercise front, I find myself a little frustrated with the whole running gig. I still like doing it and I'll continue because the movement I'm doing, regardless of the time I'm able to do, is good. However, as you may notice if you read the blog regularly, before I left on vacation in early June, I was able to run 13 minutes (1 mile) on the treadmill without stopping. Not a huge amount, but a hard-won and kinda big deal for me.
Granted, it was on a treadmill. With no resistance or incline. In a climate-controlled gym.
And I took a break from running for about 3 weeks.
And now I'm running outside, around my neighborhood. There's hills. Gentle inclines, more like....up and down....
But damn if it doesn't almost kill me to do 3 minutes now!! I went back to Couch to 5K training just for the ease of things (time, music, prompts, distance measured, etc) and Week 3 kicked my ass. What the hell is that about?? (can you tell by my profanity that I'm frustrated?)
Seriously...I'm heaving by the 3 minute mark...WTF?
Oh well. At least I'm not getting stitches or shoulder pain anymore, which I was getting when I first started running outside. And I'm learning how to regulate my pace better. And I'm getting my heart rate up despite the amount of time I actually run. So I'll keep at it.....but still. Damn. Kinda makes me mad.
Oh, and I've figured out the snack food for the library thing. Measured servings of dry cereal like Cookie Crisp or Cheerios seems to do the trick for me with the need for crunchy, bite-size snacks instead of M&Ms or the like. The roasted chickpeas didn't turn out so well - a bit like unpopped kernels of popcorn at the bottom of the bag - so I'm not sure if I did them wrong or if that's just the way they're supposed to be.
And that's me for the week. Wish me luck - chapter due to my supervisor this coming week!!