I didn't make my goal of getting into the 170s by my first March weigh-in. I have now lost a total of 3.2 pounds since the beginning of the year, or roughly 1/3 pound per week. Obviously I would like to increase the rate of loss, but I am happy that the numbers are heading in the right direction (see the red line graph).
My calories were erratic this week and I missed a couple of planned workouts, including both my swim workouts for the week. I was a little confused about how I had done so well until I opened up my geeky spreadsheet and typed the numbers in for the week. This week, I dropped my average calories quite a bit, which brought me into the calorie range Russ & Jeff would suggest for me if I were moderately active. (By the way, Russ is podcasting again with a new cohost, and it's fun to listen to, though I miss Jeff's super-focused, matter-of-fact perspective.) And even though I dropped a couple of workouts, I still had a 2500+ calorie burn for the week.
I'm also feeling relaxed and confident that the weight loss will happen, even if it's not on my schedule. Not only is my weight dropping, but my body fat has gone down since the beginning of the year (the blue line graph). That means that I'm losing the right kind of weight while maintaining my muscle mass.
The thing I'm looking forward to most right now is clothes. Right now I only have two pairs of jeans that I like to wear. Once I am comfortably fitting into a size 12 jeans again (I can currently wear a 12 in dress slacks but i'm a 14 in jeans), I'm going to get myself a really nice pair. As you can tell, I don't lose quickly, so they will fit me for a while. I would love your recommendations -- do you have a favorite brand? I don't want teeny-bopper jeans or mom jeans, I want something that looks cute and stylish but not flashy. Just some dark, basic, dressy jeans.