I was down two more pounds this week, for a total of five pounds in the three weeks since I started calorie counting. It took me two months to lose just four pounds while I was doing Weight Watchers this spring! I still believe Weight Watchers is a great program, but after doing it for so long, I think this change is just what I needed.
My body fat was 28.4% last week, so it's up by 0.1%, but I'm not worried about it. The body fat monitor is a great tool to use over a large span of time, but from day to day or even week to week it can vary quite a bit. If it should continue to go up, or even stay the same as my weight goes down, I would worry about it; but my waist measurement went down by a half an inch since last week (and I can definitely feel it in my clothes), so I'm very happy with today's results. I'm excited that I may see the 140's again very soon :)
Last week, I had a couple of goals: 1) Do a long bike ride of 20-30 miles; 2) Do the stair stepper at the rec center. I did the stair stepper at the rec center last Wednesday with Kendall, and then I got the mini stepper and did that yesterday. I did do a long bike ride, but it was only 14 miles. I was in a time crunch because the kids were at baseball practice, so I couldn't be gone for too long before I had to pick them up. I'm still considering that a success. Going into this next week, I'm going to make SURE that I get in a 20-30 mile ride at least once. The kids start school on Tuesday, so my plan is to do it on Tuesday if I can't get it done before.
My August goal was to not eat out for the month, and that was also semi-successful. I went to Portland on that last-minute trip early in the month, so I obviously ate out while I was there. There were a couple of other instances that we/I ate out, but we did cut WAY back from July, so I am happy with that.
For September, I'm going to make a challenging (for me) fitness goal: to bike a cumulative 100 miles. I have the 30-mile Tour de Troit ride in a couple of weeks, so that means I'll have to get in 70 miles on my own. Ideally, I'll do one long ride per week, plus a couple of short rides. This is a goal I've been thinking of for a while, but I always chicken out because it seems like so much work. But that's the whole point of having goals, right? ;) Now that I've written it, it's official--I need to get riding!
When I was looking at my exercise log yesterday, it looks so ODD to me--usually, the only thing I see is running. But since I've been injured, and trying to get in a lot of cross-training, it looks like a nice variety:
I don't keep track of my shorter walks each day--just the long ones. I walk Joey about three miles a day, and since that walking so stop-and-go, I don't keep track. I'm pretty proud of myself for getting the activity in. I'm hoping that after I see the orthopedist, I can come up with a plan to ease back into running this fall. I'm not sure if my stress fracture is back, but I've been getting pain in my ankle at the most random times. I'm curious what the doctor will say.
This week is going to be a busy one--I'm getting the kids ready to go back to school, and I'm getting ready to start coaching cross country!