swimming

18/12-13

Two more workouts done! I cannot believe I’m still on track. Having a plan, some specific goals, and taking it day by day has really worked for me this time. My goals are simple:

  • Workout 5 days a week for 7 weeks.
  • Maintain a weekly calorie deficit of 5,950 calories per week.
  • Eat my pre-planned meals and snacks each day to avoid binge eating.
  • Lose 12 lbs (7 more to go) by our vacation.

The plan is something like pick out healthy meals, make healthy meals, eat healthy meals and snacks, don’t binge eat, make every workout worthwhile, be happy with progress of any kind. Each day is just a set of decisions I have to make to keep myself headed in the right direction. Do I stop at Target to pick up a bag of candy to eat while we watch a movie? Nope, we have dark chocolate chips and cherries at home. Do I skip tonight’s workout and do a double on Saturday? Been there, done that, doubles aren’t fun! Do I go to the gym and get by doing just the bare minimum? I can do better than that. Do I get to bed on time so my morning, and therefore my day, seems less rushed and crazy? Yes, even though Allegiant is just getting good. Skip my afternoon snack so I can have more dessert later? I need that energy fore my workout, and I need to eat less sugar. Just a series of decisions!

So yesterday, I decided to eat my normal healthy meals, and I went to the gym after work. I ran on the treadmill for about an hour total and completed another treadmill workout. This time it was the Hitting the Slopes 2 workout. I ran the first one a couple weeks ago and it was brutal. I had no idea I was so out of shape. This one looks like it was maybe a little easier, but I didn’t adjust it at all. I had a much easier time completing it than the first one;  I stopped once for a minute and a second time for 30 seconds. I just couldn’t catch my breath! I can tell I’m getting stronger though and I’m excited to try some of these workouts again and see how easy they’ve become.

Tonight, I couldn’t fathom running. Even if yesterday’s workout was a little easier, I was still dripping sweat and exhausted by the end of it. So I decided to do some weights, because I was finally feeling not quite so sore, and then I went for a swim. Swimming in winter is really kind of fun. And it’s a great way to burn some calories while giving some sore muscle and joints a break. I burned about 200 calories in just a half hour. Altogether I probably only burned 280 calories tonight, but I gained muscle (which burns fat even when your body is at rest), and was able to give myself a break from running while still getting a good workout in.

How’s your week of workouts going? What to you turn to to switch things up?

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7/5

Week one is done! I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it this week despite some weird circumstances. A snowstorm, subzero temperatures, a day off work which meant 4 days of working 9 hours shifts to make up some lost time, and a random mid-week meeting. I had some brutal workouts that kicked my butt, and I’m so glad I did it! Especially when I stepped on the scale this morning.

Before I share my finally weight loss for the week, tonight’s workout, like last night’s, was a change of pace for me. I spent 25 minutes doing weights and abs with lots of walking in between. My goals was to never stop moving. After a quick costume change, I went for a swim! Honestly, I’m not a swimmer. I can’t hold my breath under water and I have virtually no upper body strength. But tomorrow morning I’m running the Polar Dash 10k (6.2 miles)  in Chicago and I didn’t want to tire my running legs. So I thought I’d try something new. I was super slow but I managed to get in 24 laps in 20 minutes (the pool’s pretty small) before I was too tired and too creeped out by the young couple almost fooling around in the adjacent hot tub. No joke. Did they think I couldn’t see them??? Anyway, providing that couple doesn’t make another appearance, I’ll probably be adding swimming to my workout agenda every week or two.

Today has been difficult for eating. I haven’t overeaten, or binged, but for the first time in a week I actually wanted to. To compensate, I nixed the apple from my meal plan and had 240 calories of chocolate for dessert. Hey, at least it wasn’t a whole bag of chocolates! Next week, I’m going to make sure I plan a ton of protein and (healthy) fats into my diet. I think that as I started working out more, I got more hungry and had more cravings.

Alright, enough small talk. I’m sure you want to hear what my weight loss was one week in.

Drumroll, please.

5lbs!!

I lost 5 lbs this week! I can’t even believe it. I’m guessing most of that was water weight but I’ll take that huge headstart!

I was going to make some fancy chart or something to show my progress, but it’s late and I’m tired from all the working  out. Basically, these are the numbers: My overall calorie deficit was 6819 calories meaning I beat my goal of 5,950 calories by 15%. I still have 7 lbs left to lose, which I should be able to lose in just over 4 weeks if I continue on with my plan. I’ll probably plateau, but the thought of reaching my goal almost 3 weeks early has me really excited!

How did your week of workouts go? Anyone else shed some pounds?