The new month began when I was in Arizona, so my monthly weigh-in had to be pushed from the 1st of the month to the 3rd. Here’s my Weight Loss Chart…
…and my weigh-in results:
Down 1 pound. I’ve been within the 2-pound range for 4 months now – and maintenance is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS a good thing!
Weighing 252 means I’ve lost and kept off 150 pounds total, and that is incredible. It’s been over 6 years since I started losing weight, and I need to remind myself that, despite my ongoing desire to try to push that number even lower, I’ve done something that really is extraordinary, and I can’t lose sight of that.
A very interesting article was published in the New York Times a couple days ago, which discusses the results of a study of all the contestants from a season of “The Biggest Loser,” most of whom regained most or all of the weight they lost on TV. Read it here. The article is depressing. It suggests that their metabolisms, which had slowed down during their dieting, never recovered, meaning their bodies were working harder, against their own efforts to stay healthy, to add on the pounds.
In one sense, the article confirmed what I already knew from experience: Maintenance is just as hard as losing weight to begin with. In another sense, it sorta dashed some hopes in my head that this process would slowly get easier over time. It won’t. I’ve already known I’m in this for the long haul, folks, but this article reaffirms I’ll always need to just as conscious and thoughtful about the choices I make and the daily battles I fight as I am right now.
I’ve gotten over the depression that was hounding me after my last race, and while the article didn’t send me spiraling downward, it did give me pause. I suppose I’ve always thought that it’s the external forces that would create the biggest problems – temptations at restaurants and grocery stores, scheduling issues that make exercise difficult – but I have to fight my own body, too. I guess deep down I already knew that, but the article puts that idea front and center.
I won’t stop, though. I’ve worked too hard and come too far.
Plus, I had an awesome workout month! You all know the drill: I log my workouts on my calendar. Every day that I exercise gets a dot (and a scribbled description of what I did). In April, I worked out 26 out of 30 days!
That’s an 86% success rate – a hair higher than my 85% monthly goal (which is based on a weekly goal of 6 workouts and 1 rest day). Ever since my knee flared up, I’ve been conscious to take it easy and give it time to properly recover, so during the last two weeks of the month I’ve been mainly walking. But exercise is exercise – it all counts. I also took one class at Slimmons, and devoted 3 workouts to weightlifting.
Because of all the walking, my Cardio Miles monthly number is by far the highest of 2016. In April, I traveled 87.1 miles during my workouts. (My previous 2016 high was 56.7 in February.)
I’m only a couple hundred miles away from reaching my goal of exercising my way across the country, from ocean to ocean! (I’m at 2,281.2 miles now, and my goal is 2,500.)
I’ll get there in a few months time!
Keep it up, David!