Well, last week I had to face some weighty music, if you’ll remember. My anxiety had been getting the best of me, giving me pretty serious insomnia due to somewhat serious anxiety attacks, so I started taking some medicine to help me sleep. That left me feeling groggy in the morning and I didn’t want to get out of bed and slept late and didn’t exercise for 3 days. That’s 3 days without running and 3 days without the gym or any other form of exercise. Top that with eating junk and you have a recipe for weight gain disaster. I tried a little better this week to focus on what I was eating instead of just stuffing my face with whatever sounded good or comforting (aka: junk food). I tried to work through my anxiety in a more responsible way than eating my emotions because that doesn’t solve anything. It just makes things worse. Here is the result of my efforts:
While I am upset that I allowed myself to backslide as much as I did and sort of put myself in a position where I was basically starting over again (but not quite because I did not get back up to over 190...thank goodness!!!), I am very glad that things are going in the right direction again. I would have definitely liked to have seen a bigger drop this week, but I am not knocking losing 1.2 pounds. Nope. I lost weight this week and that is awesome, no matter how small.
I go on vacation starting next Saturday and will be gone for about 2 weeks. I'm currently undecided as to whether I want to weigh myself next Saturday before I leave or not. If I do, I might not post it until after I get back and do my next weigh in on the 30th.
Also, I put together a before and during picture last night and in it, it's clearly obvious how much progress I've made. I've lost about 80 pounds (unfortunately I did not weigh myself before I starting losing weight) and it really shows, don't you agree?
And now onto my exercise for the last week:
• Saturday: resting up for the Biggest Loser Half Marathon the next morning
• Sunday: ran what was supposed to be a half marathon. The lead cyclists took the front runners on a wrong turn and completely skipped about 1.33 miles and then everyone followed the wrong way. Everyone was complaining after the finish. I mean, I still got a great 11.77 mile run at a great pace. I was on pace to run about 2:15:00, maybe even a smidge faster. But, my PR was stolen from me. Anyway, it was a great run regardless of the distance.
• Monday: did me a nice little 4 mile progressive recovery run. Splits were 10:52, 10:40, 10:37, and 10:24!!!
• Tuesday: I needed at least 6.4 miles in order to hit 100 miles for April and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to run Wednesday, so I wanted to make sure I got it done this day. So, I ran 6.5 miles…because really, who runs 6.4 miles? Haha. So, even though this run was longer than a 10K, I counted it for my Empowering Girls virtual 10K race. I ran the 6.5 miles on my 8 miles of hills route, I just turned around at 3.25 instead of 4.
• Wednesday: I slept in this day because I was working a 16 hour shift at work, so no workout. I was going to use the rowing machine, but then I had to stand up at work for the first 8 hours of my work day.
• Thursday: worked overtime the night before, so just sleep this day.
• Friday: I was going to get up and run 5 miles, but the allergies were really kicking and it was pay day so the bills needed to get paid. Ultimately, I decided to just rest and then leave early and go pick up my packet for tomorrow's 10K race on my way to work instead.
If I said I was okay with how my workouts in general were going, then I'd be lying. Don't get me wrong, I'm super happy with how I'm running. HOWEVER, I have made just 2 trips to the gym in the last 4 weeks. Pathetic. Unacceptable. And I know this is the reason I'm struggling with the scale. And, heck, my running would probably be improving MORE if I were making the gym more of a priority, or really a priority AT ALL. Right now it's not a priority and that is just sad. I have to spend the next week making sure I get enough mileage AND getting ready for my trip to Oregon, so once I return to Texas from my vacation, I am going to start making hitting the gym AT LEAST once, but preferably twice, a week an actual priority.