Weigh in this morning!
I lost 1.6 pounds!!!
I lost the 8/10ths I gained last week plus another 8/10ths. Woo hoo!!
I ran Saturday morning (of course, my 10K) then Sunday through Wednesday nights but I didn't do any running (or walking) Thursday or Friday night. But that's okay. I earned 39 activity points for the week, so I figured I was okay to not run/walk those two nights.
I'm really enjoying running in the evenings, though. I was talking with hubby about it this evening and I think the main reason I love it so much is because I can do it. I never thought I'd ever be a runner or even be able to run for any amount of time. But here I am, running a 10K and not even batting an eye. I still can't believe how easy it was to run that 10K.
I think I'm going to get up early tomorrow morning before church and run another 10K around my neighborhood. Would be nice if Icould do that every Sunday morning.
I know some of you have concerns that my calorie burns are too high. I borrowed a friends heart rate monitor last week and my calorie burn was very similar to what my HR monitor says. I even did a little research on the topic and found that I'm only slightly higher than I should be. For my weight, I should be burning around 450 calories when I run 3 miles. My HR monitor says I burn between 500 and 600. So it might be slightly higher, but in the research I've done, the experts say that you'll burn more calories the more weight you have on your bones and the more out of shape you are. So that might account for the slightly higher calories. I've only been running since December, too, so I'm not in full runner shape yet.
I'm not worried about it, though. I never eat all of the calories I burn. I've experimented with it over the years. Some say if you burn 300 calories that you have to add 300 calories to your daily intake. Some say you don't need to eat the extra 300 calories and some say you can eat as many of them as you want at your discretion. So I tried it out all kinds of different ways and I've found what works best for my body is to eat 50% or less of the calories I burn. That helps me to lose the best. I feel the healthiest that way. Strong and satisfied. So I don't have to worry about eating too many calories on the days I exercise.
I think it'll all come out clean in the wash. I seem to have a really good grasp on my weight loss right now. Most of it is so mental for me right now. As long as I can keep my head straight I can lose. The exercise, calories, and food choices will all work out okay as long as I have my head straight.
Oh, and I wanted to tell you what my favorite breakfast of all time is... It's actually at a little bar/diner in the mountains of West Virginia called the Stumblin Inn. It's fried eggs, bacon, fried potatoes with onions and cheese and pancakes with butter and warm maple syrup and a tall glass of OJ with coffee. I'm not a fan of bacon, but they have the best! Can't wait to go back there again. I can't even imagine how many points that breakfast is. But until then, I'll enjoy my 4 point almond oatmeal breakfast. :D