I can’t quite make out a pattern yet.  It’s obvious that I suffered from my weigh-in state last week, as I weighed in Sunday night after eating rather than Sunday morning as I had previously.  This week I woke up Sunday morning, and despite Saturday being my “cheat” day, I weighed in at 198.4 pounds and 25.1% body fat, a drop of 6.1 pounds and .2% body fat.  I hardly believe that I dropped 6 pounds in 1 week.  In fact, I sincerely hope I didn’t, as that is way too much weight to drop in that short of a time period.  I figured that I would be much lower than last week, and overall the trend is still negative, so I’m happy.  I’m not quite sure what the deal with body fat is yet though.  I’ve been doing mostly cardio work so far (more on that below), so I expected losing some more body fat.  Of course, it’s probably not unexpected to drop water weight before burning actual fat, so I’m not going to dwell on it too much for now.  If I see my weight hitting 190 and my body fat consistent, I’ll need to evaluate my plan.  So how did this week go?

Diet:

I might begin taking at least cursory notes on my diet, because it is kind of hard to recall what you ate all week on Sunday.  I do know that I did have some indulgences this week: Some pie, some ice cream with that pie, a cookie here, then a cookie there.  Despite these seemingly diet derailers in my food budget, I don’t feel like I significantly overspent.  I didn’t get to the grocery store this week, so I ate out more than I wanted to.  I had salads from Whole Foods mostly for lunch, save going out with the staff on Tuesday (mandatory) and going to lunch with my mom on Friday (optional).  Dinners were mostly at home, and Jacob and I even went to Watercourse for dinner one night, which is about best case scenario if you are dieting & eating out.

My “cheat” day was Saturday, which was our family tree-cutting day.  We make a day of it, by bringing red and green chili, snacks, appetizers, etc.  Then we return to my parents’ house for a big dinner (This time beef tenderloin and crab legs – yes, I picked the right day for cheat day).  Interestingly, though, I don’t feel like I really overindulged.  I was the designated driver, so instead of 23 beers, I had 2.  Instead of 7 glasses of wine with dinner, I had 1 (Note – it was a long day, starting very early, I promise I wasn’t over any legal limits while driving; I had plenty of time to metabolize the alcohol before driving).  When you’re drinking a lot, you need to eat a lot too.  Conversely, if you’re used to drinking a lot on these sorts of occasions, you eat relatively less.  You also don’t feel any urge to eat unhealthy the next day, so that is nice.  I do have some leftover red chili that I will be devouring soon. 🙂

Exercise:

The best news of the week was that I exercised not once, not twice, not thrice, for fourice times this week.  4 times!  It wasn’t quite the schedule I wanted to see, but I’ll take it.  I also did some new/different things, so I’m going to break it down by day.

  • Monday – Monday actually sucked.  It was my worst workout so far.  It started normal enough, doing my warmup on the bike.  Then I hopped on the elliptical, and not even 10 minutes in I started feeling light headed.  I was doing the exact routine I had been previously doing, so I wasn’t quite sure what was up.  I stepped off the elliptical, got some water and walked around a bit.  Then I gave it another shot.  10 minutes in, and it’s back.  I decided to not push it, so I walked for 15 minutes on the treadmill, just to make sure I did something of value.  Later I realized that I ate lunch earlier than normal that day, and probably just didn’t have much in my stomach to work with.
  • Tuesday – As mentioned last week, I wanted to try to push my workout a little bit this week.  On Tuesday, I went longer: 36 minutes rather than my normal 30 on the elliptical.  It felt great!  I knew what I was getting into, so I wasn’t worried about the extra time, I just knew it was there.  I finished more upbeat than worn out.
  • Friday – I skipped 2 days, then I tried to up the level this time, rather than the length.  It…was hard.  I made it to the end, but it was certainly harder than going longer at the same level.  What does that tell me? It’s time to up the level first, then up the length next.  I’ve been doing level 7 on the elliptical, next week I will do 8 all week.
  • Sunday – I almost didn’t make it today, but consciously decided that it was worth more to exercise than to go to work (I think that is a success).  It turned out to be a great time.  I did my warmup, but then decided it was time to check out the strength training fancy machines.  Qi has 10 different machines, working different parts of the body.  I went to each station and determined my max and my 8 rep levels.  I will be working more of these machines starting next week, but I won’t necessarily use every machine every time.  I’m still developing this part of the program, so I’m going to have to make it up as I go.  I then thought “Eh, I’ve got enough time,” and hit the elliptical for 30 mins at level 7.  It was great, and I felt like it was a good workout.

One note: I helped chop down 3 different Xmas trees on Saturday.  We also did some axe throwing.  I don’t count this as a workout, but it wasn’t trivial either.  It’s almost like those trees are alive!  If anything, tromping around the forest, chopping down trees, and hauling them back to the truck helps mitigate the 2 bowls of chili I had.

Looking forward:

Just like the title to this post, next week just needs to be steady.  I’d like to get 3+ cardio workouts in, and at least one strength training session.  I don’t have many obligations, so I should have plenty of time to make that happen.  I do want to see a healthy diet this week, so after writing this I’ll be going to the grocery store.  My cheat day this week will need to be Friday – Swanson & Bratschun’s Holiday Party is that night.  When it’s somebody else’s dime, I always indulge. 🙂

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