Weight Loss Jump Start Week Five: Keep Calm and Carry On
(If you’re just joining us, see The Eight Week Challenge Jump Start post for the scoop.)
Week progress: 154.6 –> 150.4, -4.2 pound
Total progress: 157 –> 150.4, -6.6 pounds
Week progress: 132.4 –> 129.6, -2.8 pounds
Total progress: 139 –> 129.6, -9.4 pounds
How to lose four pounds in two days
Last week I showed a large weight gain which was due to hormonally related water weight gain. Guess what. It all came off. Plus another pound-ish. This is great information for me to have about myself. This also makes it look like I lost more than 4 pounds last week.
Bodies are totally nuts.
There weren’t a lot of wins this week, but since I’m hell-bent on staying positive:
- Awesome monster training ride on Saturday: 71 miles with 7100 feet of climbing. I was going for 10k but broke a spoke climbing Newberry. The good news is, I was getting a legit second wind when I broke the wheel and had to turn back towards home. The ride was mostly steady-steady endurance pace, but I did set a new 3 hour power number for the year. Which all indicates things are moving in the right direction in terms of Alpenbrevet training.
- Mindful eating: I did a lot of reading about the zen practice of mindful eating this week. And then I practiced it. I chewed my food and closed my eyes and let myself get lost in the flavors. It’s awesome. And it’s an awesome tool to have for maintenance later. These were two of the best articles I read about it: Mindful Eating as Food For Thought from the New York Times and Mindful Eating on Zen Habits.
- Self help books: The first acute stages of grief around my friend’s suicide have passed. Now it comes in waves – like nausea. One minute I’m fine and the next minute I’m kind of leveled. I’ve taken some solace in doing some reading around survivorship to understand how I can most effectively support his family in the days to come. A lot of what I have found in that literature has been very comforting.
- Expert advice: I had a great email exchange with William Laubernds of Upper Echelon Fitness last week and he gave me some solid advice around cycling and weight loss. I’ll publish some of his thoughts later this week.
- MIRONDA! My official challenge buddy, Mironda, is crushing it and has lost almost 10 pounds! She’s also about to do a 70.3 this weekend. She is stoked to be going into it lighter and fitter. Go Mironda, go!
So much to improve on – it was just one of those weeks.
- It rained in Portland last week and I was feeling snuggly and cozy. I drank red wine and ate dark chocolate because, goddamit, it’s romantical and awesome to do so on a rainy night. Unfortunately, I did this more than once. In fact, I may have done this 4 or 5 times.
- I missed my training target by a lot this week, ending with just 10 hours. I feel ok about this because I’ve been battling low-grade fatigue and a persistent headache all week. I just didn’t feel right, and it was probably a sign to dial things back a little bit. I’ll take this week day by day, but if things go according to plan I should have a week of very high volume.
- I was relaxed with food this week. Not bad, just relaxed. To bust through this 151 plateau, I’m going to have to knuckle down.
This week I’m going to ride my bike a lot.
And I’m going to plan my meals at the start of every day so I ensure I’m staying on track.
And because it’s time to turn the screws, I’m going to keep a photo-log of my meals and post them here. I assure you those will be the most boring posts in the history of mankind.
Ok, Enough about Me
Reports!! Spill it.
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