My First Workout in a Week!

The title of this post is true!  More on that later.

First things first – Today I weighed myself.  As I said yesterday, due to my lack of exercise (no work outs at all in the past week, thanks to a strenuous work situation), I was hoping to, at the worst, stay even.  So I stepped on the scale..  and…  let’s just go straight to the chart:

I STAYED EVEN! Woo-hoo!   What I haven’t mentioned before is that my scale actually measures down to the tenth of a pound.  This morning I was 258.5.  When I began this process in January, I decided I would ignore the tenths, because that just seemed like too much.  I know how I can get (obsessive), and I knew that I could easily slip-and-slide into fretting over .2 or .3 of a pound.  So I don’t write down the tenths on the chart, and usually I forget what the tenths are by later that same day.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Isn’t that the name of a book?  Has Julia Roberts appeared in a movie version yet?

I’m quite proud that this is the first time I’ve stayed even on my weight loss journey since the beginning of June.  Here’s a close up of when that happened – it was 64 pounds and almost 5 months ago:

I looked up my food log from back then, and it was right after I had houseguests (my sister and nephew), and right around the same time I was resigning from my job of 7 years.  Lesson:  Employment turmoil = more difficulty losing weight.  That’s a habit I’ll have to break, especially if I want to continue doing freelance work!  The photo sort of cuts it off, but I rebounded the next weigh-in with a 2-pound loss!  That’s impressive…  we’ll see what my next weigh in brings.

Today has been a pretty good day, all in all – much better than the stinker that I had yesterday.  I had to work (Day 14 in a row), but I worked from home, completed my to-do list, and it wasn’t all that bad.  I wrapped up around 4, jumped in the car, and headed to the gym.  I decided to hop on the elliptical.  It’s low-impact, has a wide range of settings, and a personal TV that I can watch with my headphones.  I decided that I would build to a moderate, but not crazy, resistance level, and not push myself to the extreme.  And it felt good!  I didn’t bust out into a ridiculous shirt-soaking sweat like I do at Slimmons or Latin Jam class, but I got my heart rate up, and exceeded my 45 minute goal by 8 minutes.

I had to swing by an ATM after, and my bank has a location near Henry’s Farmers Market, one of my favorite supermarkets, so I headed there after to stock up on produce.

They have beautiful produce, great prices, and it’s never that crowded, so you can get in and out quickly.  I wasn’t blown away by the prices today (like I have been at Super King), but they were still pretty good.  Produce-wise, I picked up 3 bananas, 1 pound of carrots, 2 broccoli crowns, 1 green pepper, 1 cucumber, 1 yellow squash, 2 tomatoes, 4 bartlett pears, and 3 ambrosia apples – which I had never heard of before, I don’t think.  The produce portion of my bill came out to $7.90, and when you add in the other stuff in my basket (yogurt, cottage cheese, a few pantry items), it totaled $21.44.

As I was driving home, it started to rain, so I drove around my block a few times extra in hopes that the rain would wash away some of the bird crap on my car and save me some cash at a car wash.  Then I remembered I had popsicles in the truck and scurried home.   I forgot to look after parking to see if the bird crap was still there.  I suppose I was really focusing on those popsicles!  They’re only 25 calories a piece, FYI.

I also just took a really cool, inspiring photo that I can’t wait to share tomorrow!

Keep it up, David!

6 Responses to My First Workout in a Week!

  1. Heather Kaye says:

    The part about remembering that you had popsicles in the trunk and then scurried home made me laugh out loud for real. I can totally picture that moment.

  2. lesley says:

    Brilliant! This is a great positive post- i hope your week egets easier!

  3. Tracy says:

    Sounds like all in all a lovely day. It’s good that your body is so rev’d up now that a week without a workout doesn’t derail it. Good job!

  4. Dino says:

    I’ve been lurking a few days and enjoying the blog. Very nice. Now, how many days do you plan on getting to the gym this week? If I’m not mistaken, you only have 8 pounds until you hit your next goal, which you could easily do in, like, 3 or 4 weeks, maybe less. So, what’s your plan?

    • David says:

      Typically I try to work out 5 days a week, but if this week is as crazy, work-wise, as it was last week, then it will be significantly less. I’ll be playing it be ear.

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