I have no idea what my body was thinking this week, but I dropped three pounds since last week, leaving me at 128! I did my body fat percentage and waist measurement as well, since it's been a while and my weight has changed about five pounds in the meantime. Body fat was 20.1%, and waist measurement was 25 inches. That's the smallest my waist has ever been. The last time I was at this weight (for a brief moment in 2010), I hadn't gotten my skin removal surgery yet. My body is looking very different now--in a good way :)
While my official "goal weight" is 133 pounds, I am happy to be under that weight and have a cushion--this way, if I overindulge a bit, I can still stay under my goal. Also, since I set a very lofty goal of PR'ing my 10K this spring, the extra weight loss will certainly help with my running speed. Here is a chart from RunnersWorld.com that shows a rough estimate of how much faster you can run with a bit of weight loss:
I wasn't necessarily trying to lose weight this week, but my calories were a little less than the past few weeks. My average daily calorie intake was 1,620. I didn't really do anything very differently, so I'm not sure why the large weight loss, but I am happy with it.
The part that is most exciting for me, however, is that I am back to being 125 pounds down from my starting weight! When I initially lost 125 pounds, the last 10 of it was when my jaw was broken (in November-December 2010). My jaws were wired shut, so I had to live off of a liquid diet (a ton of smoothies!), and I'm pretty sure that's how I got down to 128. I was only in the 120's for a week or so before I could eat solid food again and I gained 10 pounds back almost right away. I just looked at my old weigh-in log, and here it is:
So, while I technically lost 125 pounds in 16 months back then, it was short-lived. Today, however, I can say that I am 125 pounds down from my 253-pound starting weight in August 2009! I am SO glad to be back to this point. I was thrilled to get to 133, which is my goal weight, but like I said, a little cushion is nice. When I was at this weight before, I was hoping to get to 126.5, because that would be exactly half of my starting weight--I always thought it would be so cool to say that I was half my size! I'm not exactly aiming for that number now, but I certainly won't be upset if I see it ;)
I did well on my new year's goals again this week:
Step goal: My goal is to get in 7,000+ steps per day for at least six days a week, and I did that every day except for Monday.
Binge-free streak: Still going strong! Today is Day 162. I did struggle a lot with binge thoughts this week, but I've been working hard to overcome them. Working on a puzzle at night has been the most helpful--the time flies by, and I actually don't even want to be "bothered" to stop to eat! My back hurts when I do puzzles for very long, so I try to change it up. Something else that I've been doing is taking Joey for a quick stroll around the neighborhood (one mile) if I'm feeling like bingeing.
Recipes: My goal is to cook one new recipe per week, and I posted about this week's recipe yesterday.
For some reason, my anxiety has been extremely high this week. I have generalized anxiety disorder, so I don't worry about one particular thing; I just have a constant feeling of dread/worry that makes it hard to focus on anything else. I've noticed that what works the best to ease it, even better than a Xanax, is when I nail a hard run. Thursday's run kept me feeling amazing for a couple of days! And then yesterday, when my anxiety was bad again, I was talking to Jerry about it. As I was talking, and telling him how bad I felt about the run, I realized that I would probably feel better if I "re-did" my run that I'd quit earlier... and so I did. And I felt a million times better.
For so many years (all through my teens and twenties), my anxiety was actually secondary to depression; but for the past few years, it's been anxiety that is the dominant problem. Now that I've noticed a correlation between a good, hard run and easing my anxiety, I'm going to try and use that to my advantage. Having a tough goal to hit and then actually reaching it gives me a nice "high" feeling that overrides the anxiety, at least temporarily. Tomorrow, I have another tough run on the schedule--12 x 60 seconds at faster than race pace. I'm going to try and push the pace hard for those intervals, because they are so short. And no, I won't be drinking wine tonight! ;) haha
Anyway, I am SO very excited to be back down to this weight--I honestly never thought I'd see it again, nor did I even try to get here again. Calorie counting is working out so well for me!