Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Midweek weigh-in and daily checklists

I weighed in this morning at 182.8, back to my low from last week. Three more pounds and I will be in the 170s.  I am hoping that I can get there by the end of February. It's best to keep my expectations conservative, because I have never been a quick loser, and I want to lose fat, not lean mass.

I'm especially relieved that my weight is down because I had a couple of higher-calorie days, and was worried.  I didn't do a great job of planning Monday and Tuesday, and it showed in my calorie counts.  Today is going to be a little nuts because I will be watching my nephew this afternoon and then teaching in the evening. I haven't been eating junk, but overdoing it a bit on meals.

I've noticed a blog lull -- not as many people reading and commenting. I am hoping my daily checklists aren't getting too boring. I have been trying to include other types of posts to mix things up.

I swam yesterday. Even though the pool is indoors and well-heated, I was a little scared to go swim when it was so cold outside. I was very warm when I left, and I wore my dorky hat with earflaps, so I was fine. There were two women in the pool when I first got there, but they left fairly early and I had the pool to myself.

My swim workout was different, with more distance in the warmup. I was a little intimidated and then asked myself what the big deal was.  I did just fine.  It's interesting how many of our limitations are all in our heads. I modified the rest of the workout to finish in 45 minutes.

3 x 300 free (20 seconds of rest between each)
4 x 50 kick, IM order
200 pull
2 x 75 free drill (25 6-kick switch, 25 zipper, 25 fist)
4 x 25 fast on 40 (sprint, resting for whatever portion of the 40 seconds was left after the sprint)
50 kick free
150 easy free
(1750 total)


Monday:
  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: Did a 45-minute yoga class.
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was 828 calories over, yikes. Bad planning.
  • Take my supplements: I forgot them.
  • Drink at least 90 ounces of liquids today: More than 100.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: 40+. It's easier to get the fiber on high-calorie days.

Tuesday:
  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: Was very proud of myself for getting out to swim when wind chills were in the negative numbers.   
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was 394 calories over. 
  • Take my supplements: I took them at my desk.
  • Drink at least 90 ounces of liquids today: I logged 126, and I know I didn't log all of the water I drank.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: 44 grams.


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