We have had some fantastic weather here for a few days! It almost feels like fall. On Monday, I took the kids to their baseball practice, and I actually wore jeans and a heavy sweater--and I was still cold! (I'm not complaining--I love this weather). It's been nice for being active outside!
Monday morning, the boys and I went for a bike ride around the neighborhoods. If you do the perimeter of all four neighborhoods on the peninsula, it's exactly five miles. I run that route often; and now that the kids are getting a little older, I don't worry so much about them riding on the streets (we don't have sidewalks), so we've been expanding where we can ride bikes.
Yesterday, I took Joey for two walks. In the morning, we just went around the neighborhood, to practice his leash walking; and then in the afternoon, we walked to the access road where he could run off-leash. It's funny how you can really tell what sort of "mood" a dog is in. Joey's a happy dog, but taking him to the access road is when you can tell he's just so happy he could burst. I don't really know how else to describe it!
Anyway, today is the start of week three of calorie counting. It has been going SO WELL. Essentially, counting calories is the same thing as counting Weight Watchers PointsPlus; but for some reason, the switch has been really refreshing for me. After counting PP for so long, I just needed a change.
I almost forgot about doing a Wednesday Weigh-in, because I had gotten out of the habit of doing them for the last year or two. But, when I got on the scale, I was very please to see that I'd lost two pounds this week!
My body fat was down 0.9% from last week, and my waist was even down by half an inch.
Seeing 153 on the scale was a big milestone, because it means I'm back at 100 pounds lost. I'm not sure exactly how long it's been since I was at the 100 pounds lost mark. I remember when I saw the 150's instead of the 140's, and I thought, "Oh crap, I'd better reel it in. A couple of days of being back on track, and I'll be back in the 140's." Then, after bouncing between 149 and 151 for a while, the 150's don't seem as scary. And, eventually, seeing the 150's became the new norm. I think that tends to happen with each "decade" of weight loss (going from the 120's to the 130's, and the 130's to the 140's, etc.).
This week, my calorie intake was similar to last week--just a little less on average, because I didn't burn as many calories as last week. Since I'm not running, my calorie burn is lower, but I've been trying to do something active every day. I've been deep water running (just once), a few short bike rides (5 miles or less), and lots of walking (30+ minutes per day, plus 90+ minutes on Sunday).
Going into this next week, I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing, and hope I keep seeing results. I really need to get in a long bike ride (20+ miles) because the Tour de Troit is in a little over three weeks! That's a 30-mile ride, so I want to get in a couple more rides of 20-30 miles. I'm also going to make it a goal to go to the rec center and use the StairMaster machine once this week--my physical therapist recommended that I do it, because it's low-impact but a great cardio workout.
Here's to another great week! ;)