I guess for the Houston Astros having back to back losses is not much of an accomplishment. However, for me to have two weeks in a row that I lose weight has been a challenge.
Well it happened. -3.0 lbs this week after a -5.0 lb last week.
I really have to remind myself everyday to just focus on today. I spent some time several weeks ago wondering why I couldn’t have a consistent loss. And again, I have to remember to focus on the program…those things I need to do every day to get healthy.
Now all of sudden the weight does seem to be falling off. The last four weeks I have lost 12 lbs or an average of 3 lbs per week. My body is actually starting to change. Total weight loss 40 lbs. 40 lbs really does sound like a meaningful number…40 lbs.
I am trying to get my workouts up to a total of 60 minutes 5 times a week. Two more weeks and I am going for a 5 K walk. Oh, one more thing, I have actually been in a gym 4 times in the last 2 weeks.
Wow what a week. Actually a little bit more than a week, because I have been so busy. The weight loss for this “week” is -5.0 lbs.
Yes, the last three weeks have been pretty extreme. However, if this is a trend I will take it….-5.8, +1.8 and then -5.0. Maybe things are beginning to break down and drop off. I know I feel better.
Either way, just like I can’t scorn the scale on weeks it goes up, I can’t worship it on weeks it goes down. It is the process that’s important. I will just keep focused on one day at a time. I am only human and after all a bit of a control freak. It does take its toll on me that the weight loss is not consistent. That is why I am taking every day as a one step on the journey.
Or, as Dr. Ray said, “Focus on the program and not the pounds.”
Check out the ATX 100 PAGE for updates on orientation dates. AND, some of you have said you didn’t need to lose 100 pounds but would like to help by donating. This is not a charity drive or a pledge of dollars per pound. But we have heard from some people who may have difficulty coming up with the $100.00. We are working with the registration site to develop a way for people to donate to the RunTex Foundation (non-profit) and then the Foundation could underwrite some individuals who need partial financial assistance. If you are interested let me know. Thanks to Fred for being the first to ask.
So I am a bit behind on my blog.
I appreciate those of you who have let me know you have enjoyed the blog and those who told me these last few days…”What’s up with the blog?”.
What’s up is I have been slammed. However, a lot of really positive things have happened this last week and I will catch up with those tomorrow.
First things first Tuesday’s weigh in…+1.8 lbs. I can handle this because I know I am healthier. I drop 5.8 lbs one week and gain 1.8 lbs the next. I don’t understand it all but then again I don’t have to.
This is what I know for sure. I am healthier today then I was 10 weeks ago. Here is a brief list…Today I can walk 2 miles, today I am wearing 56 inch jeans and threw away the 58 & 60s, today my belt is on the last notch and my friend Mike is saying “Man please get a new belt”, today I can wear a golf shirt I haven’t worn since my honeymoon 4 ½ years ago, today I can walk up steps without having to hold onto the rail.
I would be less than honest if I didn’t tell you that I am confused with the weigh in on Tuesday. It is frustrating to not have some back to back weeks of losses. But, it is two steps forward and one step back. The key is to not quit taking the steps. I asked why there couldn’t be a nice straight line going downward. The response was to think in terms of two parallel lines going downward. Just imagine that your weekly weigh in is staying within those lines and that the path is downward.
10 weeks of blogging and I weigh less and I am healthier. That works for me.
The last couple of days have been so positive in so many areas. I am really excited about the ATX100 and the response we have had. Yesterday we received over 30 calls at RunTex about the program and I have received several supportive emails regarding the program.
Oh and I lost 5.8 lbs last week! Yes, I almost forgot.
I think the positive thing here is that the process is on-going. This is the rest of my life and the weekly weigh in is a great benchmark. There is the sense of accountability that comes with writing down what I eat and showing up once a week to weigh in. The scale goes up and goes down. I can’t let the weekly totals effect me too much. I have to stay focused on the long term.
But yes -5.8 lbs is great after gaining 3.4 the week before. I commented that I wish there were a more consistent weekly drop. The facts are there has been. I started blogging 9 weeks ago. During the 9 weeks I have lost 13.6 lbs or an average of 1.5 lbs per week. That is pretty steady. It just looks strange to me that it goes up and down so much.
So there it is – 5.8 lbs! Wow this really has been a great week.
A lot has happened this last week and I don’t know where to start.
I had the desire to go public about my efforts to get healthier. I felt that public exposure would help me stay on track and maybe help someone else with like challenges. That is why I started this blog. Then the idea came about to create a group effort. To make a program available that would help other people with similar weight/health issues. A “we are all in this together” with common goals support group. Paul Carrozza with RunTex has always been ready to add training expertise and jumped right in.
That has evolved into the ATX 100 program. We are getting together a group of 100 people who want to lose 100 pounds or more. Right! I certainly fit into that category…Or More! This thing is really beginning to happen. We are going to take the month of August to get people enrolled. There will be all sorts of resources to help along the way. We have a group page on Facebook-ATX100. There is an enrollment form online with a link on my ATX100 page. There will be a $100.00 fee to join but you will more than get your monies worth. To begin with you will be fitted with a pair of shoes and get a shirt to walk/work out in as well as weekly support and training.
And that brings me to the next part of the Good Things Are Happening. Every now and then you get a chance to meet someone who is a dynamic energetic force. Last week Paul and I spent two hours with Mario Mendias, owner and founder of My Fit Foods. I cannot do justice, in describing My Fit Foods. You have to check them out online… and then in person. I have added a link on in this blog and also on my links page. I don’t know how many times I have said “I wish there was some place where I could just stop in and pick up a healthy meal to go”. Well there is…in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio… it is My Fit Foods. The important thing is that the food is healthy, delicious and fresh. All the nutritional information is available…you can download a PDF file with everything you need to know, including the WW points. I need every available tool to be successful at getting healthier and that means adding healthy eating choices.
Today Mario and My Fit Foods have decided to co-sponsor the ATX100 with RunTex. So your registration fee will also get you a 20% discount for one year at My Fit Foods in addition to all the training support.
If this sounds like something you need…sign up. If it sounds like something someone you know needs…pass it along.
Happily Married to Michele and living in central Texas.