Weekly Weigh-In

Well, it's that time of week again. This is going to be a very short post, because I need to get to bed, but I wanted to check in before doing so. It's been a really busy week, so I haven't had time to sit down and write about my first week in the Fight for Fitness program [spoiler alert: I'm having a blast!], but I'll hopefully be able to do that soon.

Oh, and I had to reinstall the comments system so those few comments that existed on the blog [that weren't spam] are sadly gone... I know, I know. That just means you'll have to write more now!

Anyway, today's weigh in... *drumroll* I'm down half a pound! Yeah, not that impressive, yada yada yada... but keep in mind that I never lose big the first week of a new fitness routine. It's one of those things that I expect. I've been doing a lot more strength training than usual, and my muscles have been sore and retaining a lot of water. Plus, we had a heat wave all week long, so I was going to retain water anyway. [Plus, if I'm being totally honest, the heat made me not want to eat the most healthy things. I stayed within my calorie range but too much of it was ice cream and other frozen foods.] Whatever, my body will catch up. I'm not too worried about it.

Actually, I'm downplaying it. I'm REALLY EXCITED about this half pound! Why? Let me tell you why. I've been playing with numbers between 176 and 183 for months now, but never getting below 176 [except for that one fluke day in March]. With getting down to 175.5, I feel like I've finally broken through. And, even that one fluke day, my recorded weight was 175.7 so today's weight is lower than that. Thus, it's the lowest it's been in at least three years [I think longer, but it's hard to say considering my avoidance of the scale for a couple years].

I celebrated by getting a new icon on my ticker.

Besides which, even if I hadn't had those specific markers to judge my progress by, a half pound is a half pound closer to my goal. With every pound [or half pound, even], it's that much easier to run. [Yes, I'm finally back to running after a month off to rest my knee, although I had to do so on the treadmill at the gym all week due to the heat.] I'm past 45 pounds lost. I'm excited about all of this!

Here's to another great week! Even better, hopefully, as I won't have to be dealing with the heat.
Weigh-in day! You know it went well by the exclamation point. The scale had been kind to me all week, but I wasn't sure what it would say this morning. I wasn't feeling well for most of yesterday, so I spent it on the couch and ate a little too much food. But, surprise, it was still in my favor today! The scale said 176 even, which is the lowest it's ever been [discounting that one time it said 175.7 because that was just a fluke]. I'm well past the halfway point now!

Not only that, but today's weigh-in puts me in a great position for starting the fitness program tomorrow. My goal is to lose between 15 and 20 pounds in the next 10 weeks, which would put me around 160 [or below]. 15 is definitely doable, 20 pounds is a stretch [especially since I'll be nearing my goal weight so things will be slowing down] but still attainable if I work hard. The perfect makings of a worthwhile goal, if you ask me.

I didn't take any progress pictures at the beginning of the month because I didn't feel like my body had changed much in the month of June. With the start of the fitness program, however, I wanted to take pictures so I can compare today's body to the end of September. And, surprise, it has changed a little since June's pictures!
[I think I'm actually getting taller.]

Looking good, if I do say so myself! I can't wait to see what the next ten weeks bring. My first session is tomorrow after work. Have I mentioned that I'm excited? Because I'm really excited!

Tickets to the Gun Show?

I'm glad I've documented my fitness progress so thoroughly [aka I love taking pictures of myself] because I still feel like I have no upper body strength and my arms are super flabby. But compare today's [bottom] picture to last August! It may be only a little progress [taking October-May off from regular strength training wasn't really helpful] but it's progress all the same! And hey, that ugly random bit of flab next to my armpit is gone!

My first personal training session is Monday and I'm excited to see what my arms will look like after the next 10 weeks!

Weigh-In, Weekly Recap

Well, another week has come to a close, although unfortunately the heat wave hasn't. I was going to get back to running this week, but the heat had other ideas so I had to settle for running in the pool. And swimming. And doing weights in the pool. I spent a lot of time in the pool this week. Thankfully, the heat's supposed to break at some point tomorrow or Tuesday, so it'll still be on the uncomfortable side of warm but none of this 93-feels-like-103-business.

Anyway, weigh in! I was excited on Friday morning because when I stepped on the scale, it said I was all the way down to 176.8! But then the heat wave got worse and despite the gallons of water I drank, some bloat from the heat increase is inevitable so the scale went back up the past two days. Not much, but I was a little disappointed. So today's weigh in was... 177.5! Almost a pound down from last week [0.9 is close enough, right?] and still a decent number. I'm excited to get into 176 though because from there, it's mostly uncharted territory [there was that one week where I hit 175 but I still maintain that was a fluke].
More than halfway there! Again!
Also, on Monday, I took my measurements for the beginning of the month:

I lost half an inch in my waist and hips each, and stayed the same everywhere else. Not too bad, considering I just started my strength training again the week before.

Nutrition-wise, I'm still working on hitting all my macronutrient goals and this week, I've also added in tracking my sodium. Sodium never used to be a concern for me because most of the food I ate was prepared by myself and I don't like adding salt into things. But lately, I've been relying more on convenience foods and thus, there's been a lot of sodium. So, that's my new focus.
It's a work in progress.
This week will hopefully see the return of running [I miss it so much], plus my regular strength training and aquafit classes. Next week, the 10 week fitness program at the gym starts! I'm so excited! The informational meeting is tomorrow evening so then I'll know for sure if I'll be doing it.