I want to start by saying a huge thank you to those who have served or are currently serving our country in the military! I know what a huge sacrifice it is to leave your family (whether it's for a couple of days or a couple of years), and I am so grateful to those who allow us the freedom that we take for granted. I know that "thank you" is never going to be enough, but please know that I really am appreciative!
Today's date is my favorite date: 11/11. Eleven is my favorite number, and I'm a big numbers person, so today happens to be my favorite day of the year ;) It was also Wednesday Weigh-in. I missed a weigh-in post last week, because I had just gotten home from NYC on Tuesday night and my days were all confused. But I had a great week, and it showed on the scale today!
I weighed in a 136.5, so I was down 3 pounds from last week. I didn't measure my body fat or my waist last week, so I'm not sure of the change there; but from two weeks ago (my last measurement), my body fat is down by 1.0%, and my waist was actually up a tad (less than 1/4 inch, so it may have just been where I was holding the measuring tape. I'm not worried about it.).
I definitely feel the loss in my clothes this week! I tried on all the jeans I couldn't wear two weeks ago, and they all fit now. Even my tightest jeans (they don't have any stretch to them at all) are wearable (actually, I wore them today).
My average daily calorie intake was an even 1600. My average daily steps were about 7,000, which isn't great--but not terrible, either. On the days that I don't run, I find it really hard to get in 10,000! I'm lucky to get in half that. Maybe I'll try and focus on that this week.
It's so strange to think that I'm only 3.5 pounds from my goal weight. It feels like it's been forever since the last time I saw 133 on the scale. I may even see it in the next couple of weeks, which would be awesome. I had a few challenging weeks lately--Thomas was visiting, then we went to Jeanie's house in Illinois, then I went to NYC for a couple of days. With all of those happening right in a row, I was worried about falling off track, but I managed to at least maintain my weight through it all.
I'm starting to think about a plan for maintenance, but I think I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. Counting calories works really well for me, so I can just experiment to see how many calories I need to eat to maintain my weight. Maybe I'll add another high-calorie day to my week, and see how that works. Regardless, I want to be prepared when I hit my goal weight so that I don't backslide.
I went for a three mile run this morning, and true to my word, I let myself run at a very easy pace. On Monday, I had promised myself that if I hit three sub-9:00 miles, I could run easy for the rest of the week and not feel guilty. I really enjoyed running without purpose today. It was super nice outside, too.
I'm not sure if it's the recent weight loss, or the way things have been turning for me physically (running again, no injury), but I have been in a great mood lately! The weather has been fantastic recently, so I hope it stays this way for a while longer. I'm not ready for winter yet ;)