Seems like punishment to weigh myself on a day known for pranks and practical jokes, but I established my own weigh-in calendar, and weighing myself on the first of every month, including April 1st, is part of the deal. And this is no joke: I’m up two pounds.
I’ve been pretty good lately about not getting bummed at weight gains. I have a lot to be proud of, and I’ve accomplished so much, but this one stung a little bit, if only because most of my month had been really excellent, and I (unofficially) weighed myself about 10 days prior, and I was down two pounds, which means I gained about 4 pounds in the last week-and-a-half of the month.
And that’s what happens when I don’t exercise. I’ve been staying off my knee, which has been hurting, which meant I didn’t exercise the last four days of the month, as well as on Friday the first.
The inability to exercise has been depressing, and since I couldn’t turn to exercise to combat it, I turned to food. Specifically, pancakes. I’ve been craving pancakes for a long time, and I gave in, bought a box of pancake mix, and ate pancakes all week. They tasted great. I bet most of that rapid 4-pound gain was pancake weight. Is that a thing? Pancake weight? Well, it is now.
But I’m done with pancakes. The mix is all gone, for one thing, and I have no intentions of buying any more. But I’ve also started exercising again, and it feels great. I’m not pushing myself (or my knee) too hard. On both Saturday and Sunday I went for long walks – 50 minutes each time, and covered 2.8 miles each time. No knee troubles whatsoever. Tomorrow I’m hitting the gym and trying a few other things, like an exercise bike and arc trainer – both of which have a nice range of motion but are no impact.
Back to my weight. I may be up 2 pounds, but a weight of 253 pounds means I’ve lost and kept off 149 pounds. I’ve kept it off for over five years. That’s pretty spectacular.
Moving on to my Workout Progress Report. My little knee-based hiatus obviously impacted the number of days I was able to work out in March, but if you exclude the last week, it was a pretty good month. I worked out 23 days (out of 31). Each workout gets a dot, and those dots are accompanied by little scribbled explanations of what I did.
I also note how many classes I take at Slimmons each month (3 in March), as well as how many workouts are lifting weights. My weight lifting appears to have taken a hit in March – only 2 weights-based workouts – but that’s because of the 1,100 birthday burpees I did. Burpees are a total body exercise, engaging all sorts of muscle groups, and they made me sore for weeks, so apart from aggravating my knee, that challenge was a success.
The last thing I track are my cardio miles – the distance I cover doing any sort of cardio. The burpees affected that total too, I think, but I still racked up 49.8 miles in March – bringing my total mileage to 2,194.1 miles. I’m only about 300 miles away from going coast to coast!
Onward to April! I have two races coming up. I’m excited to resume training. Ready to put this little knee-injury-and-pancake-blip behind me.
Keep it up, David!