Friday, August 13, 2010
Fit Fridays: A Bad Start
While my results didn't show it, I had a very bad week. For most of the week, I was knocked down by sickness and exhaustion. I wasn't sleeping enough at night and when I'm sick, I really need to get 8-9 hours of good, soundless sleep to feel normal. Unfortunately, this didn't happen for me. I averaged 5-6 hours every night, which just left me so tired during the day that I had to come home and take a nap.
Because of this, I only ended up exercising twice this week. On my Saturday run, I was scheduled to run 2.25 miles but it was pretty terrible. It was the second time I didn't manage to run the entire time and it seriously discouraged me. My breathing was off the entire time, making me feel like I had sprinted for 15 minutes after running for just a minute. Luckily, my Sunday run (also 2.25 miles) went amazing. I ran it with my mom, which pushes me to keep on truckin' when I just want to quit, and finished it! My pace was slow (13:24) but I'm not running for speed - I'm just running to finish!
Those runs were just it for exercise this week, other than a walk to the store on Wednesday, so that's an area I need to amp up in. While ideally, I'd like to exercise 5-6 times a week, I'm bringing it down to 4 times because I know myself and I know that's the most I'll be able to do when school starts. My plan is to run Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays. Tuesdays, I want to do some other type of exercise - elliptical training, biking, strength-training, and/or yoga. (I also want to add in strength-training on Saturdays after my run, since it's something that will be on my schedule every Saturday once I start the half-marathon part of my training.)
I tracked my food up until Tuesday. I was doing good with that, even if I did use up all my 35 extra points by Monday. And then my mom mentioned the word "cookies." One of the tips I learned from Weight Watchers is that there are just certain foods you can't keep in your house. All it's going to do is derail your journey of health. (But let me be clear - you can eat anything on Weight Watchers, just in moderation. Nothing is off limits.) One of those foods is cookies. We can't keep cookies in our house. They derail us. And they definitely derailed us this week.
While I made a goal to drink 48oz of water this week, that most definitely did not happen. At all. I did drink more this week than I have in about a month, but closer to 24oz than 48. I think giving myself such a high standard was bad news bears. It's like going from being totally sedentary to exercising 5 days a week for an hour. That's just not going to happen. So instead of giving myself specific ounces to drink, I want to focus on specific situations. This week, I want to focus on drinking water at work. Lately, I've been buying sodas more often at work, even though I have water to get me through the day. I want to stop that and at the very least, drink my entire 24oz of water at work. I've done that before, and it usually works out just fine. I want to slowly incorporate water more and more into my life until it becomes something my body craves. I will get there.
Onto my results!
Starting Weight (as of February 21, 2010): 151.2 lbs
Current Weight (as of August 12, 2010): 146 lbs
Weight Lost This Week: - 1.8 lbs
Total Weight Lost: -5.2 lbs