Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekly Weigh In & Recap/Biggest Loser Challenge Finale

Well, it’s the exact same as it was last week AND the week before.  At least it’s maintaining and not a gain.  I’m cool with that. 

Alright, so I’m sure you noticed, but this recap is a day early.  Why?  This is the last day of the Biggest Loser Challenge I have been participating in the last 90 days.  So, as you see, my weight from today is posted above.  Here’s my starting weight for the challenge:

I have lost a total of 10.8 lbs and 5.67% of my total body weight.  My measurements before and after are as follows:

And here's my official "after" photos all together:

My measurement stats for the past 90 days, 30 days are:

Overall, I feel really good about this challenge.  I didn’t win, but I’m completely okay with that.  I still lost weight and, more importantly, I made new friends.  And, while I didn’t lose a whole lot of weight, just 10.8 lbs in 90 days, what I DID lose was 9.25 inches, 4 of those in the last 30 days with only a 1.4 lb loss to show.  That shows you that I’m building muscle and dropping fat.  And that, my friends, makes me one happy camper.  I’ll take proven muscle gain/fat loss over anything the scale says, any day.

You can see my thoughts and everything when this challenge first started back in December here.

On to this week in exercise!

• Saturday: a migraine happened and even after medicine for it, I still felt horrible, so I never made it to the gym.  the migraine just wore me out so I just went to bed.

• Sunday: because of the migraine I slept way too late and then only had time to do my cooking and, even then, I only had time to get the 2 main things done.  I had planned to cook up 2 recipes for snacks but didn’t have time to do them.  I had planned on a 10 mile run, but that didn’t happen and then, when I realized that wouldn’t be happening, I hoped to make it to the gym, but that too became apparent as the night wore on and I knew I was still hours away from being done cooking that the gym wouldn’t happen either.

• Monday: I worked overtime on the morning shift, so I had planned to hit the rowing machine a couple times, however I was completely unmotivated and didn’t do it even once.  Ugh.

• Tuesday: I was so tired due to horrible sleep habits over the previous couple days that when my 8am wake up time arrived so that I could do a 10 mile run came around, I reset the alarm for 9:30am and figured I could still get the 10K run I wanted to do this week done…so that’s what I did.  I was dreading the run.  I didn’t want to do it.  But I made myself do it and you know what?  I did NOT regret it and I enjoyed it completely.  But, after 3 days of absolutely no exercise, I was demotivated and didn’t want to do anything.  But I had a great run, and I knew I would, I just had to force myself to get dressed and hit the pavement.

• Wednesday: ran 10 miles this day.  This was a not fun run either and that upsets me because I haven’t ever had very many of them.  I could probably count the number of not fun runs on one hand and have fingers left over.  Seriously.  95% plus of the time not only is my run fun, but I thoroughly enjoy it and LOVE it!  So, when I have one of these not fun runs it really gets to me.  I woke up and I just was not “feeling” a run, but I got dressed and headed out the door anyway.  I got in front of the apartment complex office and hit the power button on my Garmin and selected the Running on my Polar so they could both find satellite while I did my warm ups.  The Polar found signal, however the Garmin stayed on the start screen.  What the heck?  By the time I walked back to my apartment to google how to do a reset on it, it had decided to find signal, so off I went to run.  I figured shortly after I started running I would feel better and that I would feel the run.  Nope.  Didn’t happen.  I took my double espresso with caffeine Clif Shot at mile 6.  Started feeling that by mile 7 and started getting into a nice groove.  Then, at mile 7.5, my music died.  Ugh.  So much for a groove.  But, I didn’t give up.  I kept telling myself “any run is better than no run” and made that my mantra for this run.  It worked.  I made it home and I finished the run with a decent average pace of 11:06 per mile.

• Thursday: worked overtime on the night shift the night before, so I just took this day as a rest day.

• Friday (today): ran me a half marathon today!  It was the final virtual race in the Keep It Real virtual race series that included a 5K, 10K, half marathon and a full marathon.  It benefits the Catch a Lift Fund that provides gym memberships and fitness equipment for wounded/disabled veterans.  The run went pretty good and I was very happy that it wasn’t like my 10 mile slog of a run on Wednesday.  Mile 13 was a bit slow because my legs got suddenly tired, but the other miles were decently paced enough that it didn’t matter, I still had an 11:01 overall average.

I’m hoping with next week I can actually hit the gym a couple times since that didn’t happen at all this week.

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