Man, I can't believe it's been a WHOLE week since my last post.
Well, weigh in was this morning and I managed to maintain. Actually, I'm so relieved. I was so afraid I was going to gain. I did track my points every day and I only used 15 of my flex points (including last Saturday and Sunday) but I did not exercise enough or drink enough water. I'm finding that it's a whole package deal with me. In order for me to lose, I have to track my points AND exercise AND drink my water. If I don't do one or two of those things, I simply will not lose, or I'll gain.
So my goals for this week are simple: Track, Exercise and Drink—TED:
Exercise at least 4 days—hard exercise, not just walking. I did a Last Chance Workout Friday night. I ran my butt off. I'm convinced that was why I broke even because Friday morning when I weighed myself at home, I was still up 1.8 pounds from last Saturday's WI. I ran so fast and so hard like I've never done before. My heart rate was up in the low- to mid-170s for most of my run. But I kept running because I felt fine. I told myself if I started feeling bad, tired or in pain, I'd stop. And I did. I burned almost 1,000 calories in only 40 minutes of running. Was kind of like my own version of a spinning class only I was running. Was wonderful. I'm going to have to try that again.
Track my points. I've been doing good with this, so I'll just keep doing what I've been doing. Although I bought a new gadget to help me. It's called a Points Clicker key chain. It's really cool. All it does is count down the number of points you have left for the day. When you reach zero, I'll start tracking in the negative so you'll know how many Flex Points you used. It's really cool and it was only $5. I'd put a link to it on the Weight Watchers website, but I can't find it on there, yet.
Drink my allotted water. I'm not sure if I told you how I'm making sure I drink my water or not so if I did, please forgive me and skip over this section. I figured out that I need to drink between 80 and 100 ounces of water a day (based on my weight divided in half then that number is how many ounces I need to drink). So what I did was buy four 700ml (24 ounce) sports bottles (with the pop tops) and I wrote a #1, #2, #3 & #4 on each bottle, in permanent marker. Then each morning, I fill all four of them up with fresh water and set them on my kitchen counter (I don't like cold water, but cold water will help you lose weight faster—scientifically proven). Then as the day goes on, I can see how much I've drank and how much I still need to drink. Last week, I only drank about half the water I should have each day.
I learned something new about exercise. I did my Last Chance Workout in the evening and I had so much more energy. I didn't get tired as quickly and I felt so much more enthusiastic about the whole thing. I felt more empowered. I felt like I could go forever.
I had a really good WW meeting this morning. They talked about my favorite subject: managing your thoughts. My thoughts are what has held me back from losing more weight and exercising more. But that's an entirely different blog post altogether. :) I told everyone how I ran 10K last weekend and they all cheered for me. Then the sweetest thing happened at the end of the meeting when the leader asked if anything had ever happened in a meeting that was encouraging or helped them out. A lady, who I don't even know, said out loud how I inspired her with what I said about my running. Was really sweet.
P.S. My hubby just started his own blog. I'm so excited. We've been losing weight together since we started this whole thing in 2007. He's been having problems with his weight loss lately, though, and that's why I'm so glad he started his own blog. I know how much my blog has helped me. So stop by, if you wouldn't mind, and tell him hi: David's Weight Loss Journal.