I am so happy to report that I weigh less this morning (Monday) than I did on Friday! My mission was to smooth out my eating over the weekend so I didn’t have a giant spike – and therefore have to spend the rest of the week recovering from my indulgences. Instead, I tried to keep my eating similar to how I eat on weekdays. My typical “weekday” plan includes a few meal replacements throughout the day along with other sensible food and snacks. I eat steel cut oatmeal about every other day for breakfast, quite a bit of fruit, and usually some protein with whole grains and veggies for dinner. I had a couple of small treats but I’m pretty sure I stayed within a good calorie range (although I’ve sort of gotten out of the habit of tracking since I eat so similarly every day). I did have a beer (Michelob Ultra, which is low carb and calorie) at the party Saturday night along with a hefty plate of food – but I piled a salad on half of the plate and skipped the tortillas and chips, staying with just meat, beans, and a veggie. So, all in all, it was pretty decent – more than a typical weekday, but by no means excessive for someone in maintenance. The best part was waking up on Sunday morning being one pound lighter! That never happens!
I am now safe within my 3 -4 pound “yellow zone” and feel like I can keep that going in the right direction now. I like the way I feel about things today vs. my typical frustrated self on Monday mornings.
I waited until this morning to do my strength test at Koko. These past 12 sessions have been particularly brutal and I’ve dreaded just about every one of them beforehand. I knew my arms were getting stronger though, I could feel it during my workouts and the muscles have felt pretty firm lately. It has been an odd, noticeable difference. More importantly, I’m “functionally” much stronger – meaning I can do things around the house, etc. like lifting boxes and furniture and I feel a difference. I’m almost never physically tired anymore and that is a huge bonus. Anyway, my strength in some of the other areas (leg press, lat pulldown, etc.) was down a bit or the same but I had a very large jump in my chest press exercise (see the orange line on the graph below). I usually dread that particular test but this morning it felt really good. It was a big breakthrough for me, not just physically – but mentally as well. I’m ready for a new Koko workout though and, fortunately, I’m done with that module. The next one will be glutes and abs – large muscle groups. Maybe I’ll make some progress with increasing my lean muscle mass….that ever elusive goal…
I see Dr. Z on Thursday morning and I’ve decided I need help in finding a new challenge or goal. I’m struggling with “just maintaining” – I need something else to work towards. My first year of maintenance flew by successfully, I believe, because I found running and worked day in and day out on training to run further distances and then the half marathon. I will keep running, for sure, but with the heat here in Arizona and no big race or goal identified, I’m still floundering a bit. I’m getting more serious about the idea of swimming – I just need some training since I really don’t know how to swim efficiently or for any decent distance. This is a bit out of my comfort zone too (the idea of talking to a swim coach while in a swim suit still frightens me), but I think I’m willing to investigate a bit. But, here is one reason I must keep running … my ‘I Run 4’ buddy, Brennan. He’s been playing in an adaptive needs baseball league this spring and he sent me this picture the other day…. if that isn’t motivating, I don’t know what is.