Monday, September 27, 2010

Numbers going down, noticing changes

Today, I weighed in at 215.8 for a weekly loss of 1.8 and a total loss of 28. (My math last week was off on my total weight loss; I've got the right numbers now.)

Yay me! I would love to see a loss of 2+ per week, but I've accepted the fact that isn't the way my body tends to work, even when I'm on track. 1.8 is quite acceptable. :)

This week was a bit of a tough one for me. I'm quite happy with how my food intake was and I kept up very nicely with tracking my food, so this is a weight loss that was deserved.

I got my butt kicked by a cold towards the end of the week, and made the tough choice to take a couple days off training. I was able to keep my food intake in check during this time. During sickness is one of the toughest times for me as I tend to go for the comfort foods. This time around, I drank a lot of tea instead.

The good news is, I'm already feeling better. I certainly haven't been getting sick as much as I used to and I wonder if it's related to my higher level of fitness. (I say this while knocking on wood, since I do have 2 small plague carriers that live in my house.) I got a good run in last night, and plan to swim and probably bike today.

I'm also noticing some changes in the way my clothing fits. The other day I commented to my husband that my jeans were quite tight. He just looked at me and asked if I was sure about that. I bought these jeans on a stellar sale when there was no way I could possibly fit them. When I started wearing them, they were indeed fairly tight. They no longer are. My arm warmers now go a couple inches further up my arm then they used to. My bathing suit is getting too big and it's time to move down a size. (Fortunately, I planned ahead and bought many smaller sizes of swimsuits while they were still in the stores for good prices.)

The changes are encouraging.

Aside from the physical changes, I'm loving what I'm able to do with my body. I'm able to run a distance and speed to be proud of. I can swim fast enough that I wouldn't be embarrassed to enter a triathlon. I can ride up hills with my bike that I used to get off and walk.

I know that carrying an extra 50 pounds is holding me back from my full potential. I've hiked with a 50 pound backpack, and I can certainly go faster without it. I can't wait to see what my body will be capable of when I've lost the rest of my weight.

I'm starting to think Iron.


  1. Congrats on the loss Deb! Such a great feeling when your clothes start to get too big!

    Good idea to plan ahead for bathing suits - mine is so worn out and I can't find a new one anywhere!

  2. Awesome! I was JUST thinking about how much faster I will be on the treadmill when I drop some more pounds.

  3. Congrats, you are doing a super job of managing your weight. I once weighed about 380. I got down to just under 200. Back now at 230. I encourage you to keep it up. It takes years and then it takes forever. To feel good at one time I ate Oreo cookies. Now I run marathons. Start to think about doing your first half marathon. It's very do-able. If I can do it, anyone can do. There is absolutely nothing special about me. I'm not fast, but I can finish. And the 4th place finisher gets the same medal as the 12,000th place finisher.

  4. You are doing awesome! Espeically keeping up with the good foods while sick. I never do that. LOL.

  5. way to go. Stick with you and you will be doing Iron in no time