It’s been a fun couple days in my world. My modem crapped out on me, but today I got a brand-spanking-new one installed. So no more delays… time for my weigh-in results! Let’s take a look at the ol’ chart, shall we?
Down three pounds! OK – here’s the deal: I try not to let plateaus and gains get me down, so I also gotta try to make sure that a good loss, like this one, doesn’t become a tentpole of my own sense of self-esteem or self-worth. The number on the scale is only ONE barometer of my overall health and fitness, and I gotta remember that no matter if I show a gain or a loss.
Plus, and I hate to be graphic (actually, I don’t mind being graphic at all), but some of this could very well be diarrhea weight. I had the shits for three solid days leading up to this weigh-in. (And by ‘solid’, I mean ‘liquid.’)
That doesn’t really change anything, really. No matter what the scale says (or why it may say what it says), I’d still continue doing what I’m doing and trying the best I can. I’d like to say that in a month, I’ll have another loss or at least stay the same. Or maybe I’ll have diarrhea for two straight weeks and reach my lowest weight in years!
I’m kidding, folks, that is not something I’m actually hoping for.
Anyway – here’s the scoop: A loss of three pounds puts my weight at 244, and that’s a loss of 158 pounds that I’ve kept off for over four years. Diarrhea or not, that’s impressive, and I’m very proud.
Here’s what that weight loss and maintenance looks like on my chart:
Note how I’m coming to the end of my fifth page of charting. I won’t be able to add another monthly weigh-in without expanding to a sixth page. That’s the sort of thing that revs my nerd engine!
Next Up: My Monthly Workout Progress Report. Speaking of me being a nerd, I track all my workouts on my calendar, so I can look back and see how I’m doing at the beginning of every month. Here’s my calendar for March:
Every dot equals a workout, and there’s a description of that workout next to it. If you count them up on your fingers and your toes, you’ll see there’s 25 dots (which means you either have an abnormally large amount of fingers or toes, or you borrowed some from a neighbor or friend). 25 workouts in 31 days equals almost a 81% success rate – a little lower than my 85% monthly goal. 27 workouts is what I needed to reach my goal, but I took a took a couple extra rest days, which were a necessity, thanks to the aforementioned diarrhea-inducing stomach bug.
I’ve also been feeling over-trained lately, thanks to the rapid-fire series of races I did this month (I did four in March! Recaps here, here, here and here), so I’ve been trying to listen to my body and take it easy when I’m feeling overly fatigued or chronically sore. If that means extra rest days, so be it. I’m not gonna risk a bigger injury by being dumb and pushing myself beyond my limits.
A couple other fun facts gleaned from my chart:
- I took two group classes in March, both taught by Anne at Slimmons.
- I only lifted weights three times in March – a pretty low number. That’s because of the huge increase in at-home workouts, brought on by my Birthday Burpees challenge. By my count, I did 7 burpee-related workouts in my living room, most of which would probably have been done at the gym.
- Actually, because of my Birthday Burpees workouts, and thanks to a busy travel month (trips to Detroit, Phoenix, and San Francisco), I only went to my regular gym TWICE during the entire month of March. That’s an all-time low – but I got my workouts done elsewhere, so no harm done.
Lastly, a quick update on my cardio miles. I log miles completed during any form of cardio, be it running, biking, ellipticalling, etc., and add them up on the side of my calendar. Here’s the March chart:
I added 43.8 miles to my total, which now stands at 1,487.6 miles in just under 2 years. I’m so close to crossing 1,500 miles – it’s gonna happen in the next few weeks! That means I’ll be due for another Fun With Maps post (like this one)… I love seeing how far my cardio miles have (hypothetically) taken me!
Keep it up, David!