This one falls in the ‘better late than never’ category. I weigh myself at the beginning of the month. This month’s weigh-in was delayed, because I was in the midwest for the first week of July, and even though I weighed myself last month, I forgot to blog about it. So today, you get a double dose of stats and graphs! Here’s my weight loss chart:
I’ve kept this baby for over seven years, and redrawn it multiple times to make it still fit my wall as it continues growing. It’s a huge motivator to see a visual representation of the 160 pounds that I’ve lost, as well as how I’ve kept off a vast majority of it for over six years.
Let’s zoom in on the last two months:
The two dots farthest to the right are the newest dots. In June, I gained two pounds, and in July, I lost one of them. That makes my current weight 256 pounds. (I had a moment of wishful thinking while writing in July’s weight – I started to write ‘206’ instead of ‘256’ and had to cross it out. Whoops!)
I’ve stayed within a 3-pound range for all of 2017 (so far), and that’s awesome. That’s what weight loss maintenance is all about: there will be fluctuations, but a lot of consistency, too. Weight loss maintenance is hard work – just as hard as losing it to begin with, if not harder – and that brings me to my next collection of data:
My Workout Progress Reports.
I log all my workouts on my calendar, with the ongoing goal of working out 6 days a week. Here’s my workout calendar for May:
There’s 26 dots, so 26 workouts in 31 days. Pretty damn good. I took 5 group fitness classes, and devoted 4 workouts to weightlifting. (A number I’m perpetually trying to increase, which is an ongoing challenge.)
25 dots, so 25 workouts in 30 days. Three of those missed days were in the same week – a week where I was a little under the weather. I tried to make it up once I got better, which is why I only took one rest day during the final 15 days of the month. During June, I took 2 group fitness classes and had 2 weightlifting workouts. (See what I mean about this being a challenge for me?)
Even more exciting: My goal for 2017 is to hit 300 workouts by the end of the year. In addition to being a nice, round number, this would also mark a personal best, since my highest previous total was 299 in 2015. (In 2016 I had 297 workouts.) Since the end of June marked the halfway point for 2017 (can you believe the year is half over?), I added up my workouts thus far, and the total is… 153! I’ve on track to set a new personal best! I’ve got my work cut out for me for the second half of the year, and I’m ready for the challenge.
One final set of data: my Cardio Miles. I track the distance I cover doing any kind of cardio, and keep a running total, because, if it wasn’t clear already, I’m a nerd and I like it. My cardio miles for May:
My cardio miles for June:
In May, I added 68.1 miles, and I added another 75.0 in June. That beings my total, after 4 years of tracking this data, to 3207.3 miles! (And I’m well on my way to 3,300, thanks to the 55 miles I added while in Michigan!)
I’m ending this post with a post-workout selfie from the gym, taken just a couple hours ago. This was after burning 1,000 calories in 47 minutes on the arc trainer – during which I added another 2.1 to my Cardio Miles total!
Keep it up, David!
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