Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two-week progress!

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! ;)


  1. Congratulations, Katie! I'm glad the calorie counting is working for you. I need to get back to being consistent. I'll have a few days during which I'll count and track my points religiously and then life stress takes over for the next few days and tracking/counting goes out the window. I've been playing with the same 5 pounds all summer.

    I totally get the "happy dog" thing. My dog is a very happy girl, but there are certain situations in which she is just bustin' at the seams with a whole-body wag! The strangest part is that one of these situations is at the veterinarians' office -- especially if she sees (or hears) her favorite vet. I have one weird dog.

    If you don't mind, could you send some of the fall weather out to California. The hot and humid thing is getting really old.


  2. Go Katie! Glad you're enjoying the fall weather.

  3. Congrats on your accomplishments this week! I'm so glad that switching things up is helping you out. Now if only I could do that for myself. I feel like if I would just stick to counting my calories for at least 2 or 3 weeks, I could do it for the long haul and actually lose these 20 pounds I want to lose. But I do it for a week and then by the time the weekend rolls around, I throw all my progress out the window and go crazy :( So by the time Monday comes around again, I have to start over. I know I have no one to blame but myself but honestly, it just sucks sometimes.

  4. Congrats on the weight loss! 2 lbs in a week is great progress, especially at your (not high) weight.
    You're spot on about the decades of weight loss. I sat in the 150s for so long and couldn't really imagine being in the 140s. Now I'm in the 130s but in my mind it's still always 140-something. Happy to have it going in this direction tho.

  5. I'm so glad that you've found something that's working for you. Sometimes we have to keep changing it up until something just "clicks"!

    We're having some great weather here too--this morning when I went out for my run at 5:45am, it was only 73 outside, with only 67% humidity! Most mornings it's still been in the 80's with 80-90% humidity, so this morning definitely felt like fall! Haha.

  6. You inspired me to switch from Weight Watchers to calorie counting. I've decided to use Sparkpeople instead of My Fitness Pal - I just like it better. But the change has been good for me. I'm being more consistent. Great job on getting back to 100 lbs. lost!


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