I lost 4 pounds this week, for a total loss of 154 pounds. I'm not all that shocked, as I logged more exercise the past few days than I did for the whole three weeks that I didn't have a bike. I'm certain that the huge loss is due to the spike in activity level.
It feels good to have lost two weeks in a row.
It feels really great to be able to record my lowest weigh-in since (yikes) the first week of August.
It feels amazing to be this close to the 180s, a new and important decade - at 185 pounds, I am no longer obese per the BMI, "only" overweight. A huge milestone, overweight means between a BMI 25 and 29.9; I started at 55.7.
Best of all, it feels fantastic to be in control of my eating again. I took a few rest days this week to catch up on work and sleep, and still lost a good amount of weight. I owe this entirely to having balanced eating. I didn't go out and bike 2+ hours a day to undo bad eating, and I didn't use great workouts to justify poor eating. I've been eating well, and have even tried cooking non-Lean Cuisine lunches - usually some chicken and roasted veggies, or a measured portion of pasta (I'm fine with it as long as I only cook one serving at a time).
I'm noticing patterns with my eating, that I am very hungry in the morning to early afternoon, but not hungry when I get to work or after. So I've been listening to my body and responding accordingly, eating most of my day's calories before heading to the office around 1 or 2 p.m., and then having a light dinner when I get home around 7:30, if I am hungry. A bigger lunch than dinner makes sense - in Chicago, I had a small lunch with an afternoon snack a few hours later, then went to the gym after work, and had a big dinner. Here, I exercise, then have a big lunch, then head to work (where I no longer keep any snacks). Listening to hunger cues and not having myself eat based on a clock has been really interesting, and I think I can safely say it's working out quite well.
Huge NSV for me: for snacks, I've had mostly fruits and vegetables, with the exception of some Girl Scout cookies I bought last weekend. I put them in sandwich bags with 1-2 servings in each and wrote the number of calories on the bag, then had some every day until they were gone. A box of Girl Scout cookies has never lasted me more than 10 minutes. These lasted several days! I'm not running out to go buy more - mostly because my craving has been satisfied and I just don't want any more right now. But also, because even though I'm going to enjoy the feeling of the victory, I also know my personal limits and don't want to get ahead of myself, especially when I am doing so well again at long last.
Non-weight wise, this was a busy week. Good, just busy. Lots of things to do for work - I am very much looking forward to spring break! I am flying out to Chicago two weeks from today, spending most of the week there, with an overnight in San Francisco on the way back to break up the traveling a bit ... and also to see more of the city since Matt and I just did a quick whirlwind tour of a lot of big sights. This time, I want to see parks, gardens, used bookstores! So this weekend I'll be taking breaks from my pile of grading to make itineraries for both cities. For Chicago, Matt and I talked about a day trip somewhere, but we're not sure just yet. His birthday is a few weeks after spring break, plus he's been losing weight too (in onederland as of yesterday! so proud of him - and he looks SO good! :] ), so I want to do something really special.
What about you? How was your week? Brag about your NSVs! Also - any suggestions for Chicago or San Francisco sights to see?