Trying the next new thing:
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
I felt like I binged last night. My run after work didn't go well and I totally caved to my old nemesis: the late night snack. But then I sucked it up and entered it all into my tracker this morning and although I wasn't on the bottom side of my range like I'm shooting for these days, I didn't bust the top side of the range either. I was shocked. I didn't even bust my carbs/fat/protein ratio. Even when I was indulging, I was measuring my portions, and didn't have anything really unhealthy in the house to eat, thank goodness. HA! The scale was even down dramatically this morning, which brings me to the next theory I'm tossing out:
I bloat when I travel. I frequently take off for the weekend, and a few trips lately (the funeral/Easter/birthday weekend in particular) have FELT like horrible things to do to my body, but the last few I've made great choices. A few weeks ago in Nebraska I got up early and went running - OUTSIDE in a strange city because the hotel treadmill was broken - even though I knew I'd be active at the range for 2 days, and I limited my road junk food, a significant accomplishment. Then this most recent extended weekend, which I hope to do justice in another blog sometime, my activity, legitimate cardio, was off the charts. SP strongly threatened that I may toss my body into starvation mode. I didn't track my intake, but based on how I felt, I was making delicious, healthy, sufficient choices.
I actually drink more water when I'm away from home, and even when my food choices are right on track, and my activity level stays higher than my sedentary day job, I gain ridiculous weight every time. How on earth do people who travel for work do it?! It was a few pounds higher Monday morning, even higher than that on Tuesday, and this morning is back down to almost pre-trip.
Hmm... I suppose there are a couple of possible causes for the dramatic fluctuations the last few days, new/increased exercise, salt/stress/bloat from a long drive, but it just occurred to me that maybe I should stay off the scale for a few days and see how that goes. It's my favorite form of accountability, generally, because it's immediate feedback, which keeps me focused. But it hasn't been moving the last few weeks. My cardio workouts have increased pretty dramatically and I don't want to be discouraged in that by the lack of scale results.
I'm gonna lay out some goals for the week here in public for accountability's sake:
~~~~~Stay off the scale until Saturday when I weigh in for the 5% challenge
~~~~~Run 3+ times a week (one down so far), at least 8 miles total.
~~~~~Drink more water. A weakness, I know. I drink coffee all day instead, and don't drink soda, but there's no substitute for plenty of water. Remind me of all your tips for getting in enough H2O?!??
~~~~~Strength train 2+ times for 20+ minutes. I miss this, and it's so easy to squeeze in. Why have I gotten so lax about it?
~~~~~Staying off that dreaded late night snack is a given. Momentary lapse.
So my next new thing is not much of a fad, I suppose. Little tweaks to what I'm already committed to and enjoying. WHEN I accomplish my 5% loss this challenge, I'll be only 10 lbs from my goal weight. I should write that on a mirror somewhere!
Edited to add:
Holy cow, I'm already having anxiety about staying off the scale? What is THAT about?! Additional goal:
~~~~~Every time I start to wonder what the scale would say, I'm gonna bust out my favorite 9 minute upper body strength set instead. Time to get tank-top ready!