I hope those of you who had a long weekend enjoyed it. We certainly enjoyed ours. It was nice and relaxing, and even though our viewing of The Time Traveler’s Wife was interrupted by technical difficulties that resulted in us missing the last 25 or so minutes of the movie (!), that was only a slight setback. I will blog more on Wednesday about the delicious concoction Hubby and I made on Saturday. You will either judge me or be incredibly jealous. Maybe both. 🙂
But now, a weight loss update. After a summer of little weight loss (aside from 4 pounds lost in June), I finally saw the scale move! I went from 189.8 to 187.4–down 2.4 pounds! That’s a HUGE loss for me, and I have to say that I really don’t get it. Last week was far from a perfect healthy week, so why did I lose? After thinking about it, here is how last week was different from previous weeks:
1. I drank only water.
2. I did yoga.
3. I tried to go hungry more. I don’t mean I starved myself; I just didn’t immediately reach for food the minute I thought I was hungry. I drank water, and if I was still hungry, I would eat fruit or something equally as innocuous. Every night when I went to bed, I was slightly hungry, and I think that really helped.
4. I tracked all of my food. There were some things I wasn’t able to record the nutritional information for, but I still recorded the food and when I ate it so as to keep myself accountable.
5. I only ran twice.
From this list, I can then conclude the following:
1. Drinking only water, while challenging, is good for me.
2. Yoga isn’t completely evil.
3. Being hungry isn’t always bad. (And I’m not the only one who thinks so. See this post from Diane at Fit to the Finish.)
4. Tracking all of my food is beneficial.
5. Running keeps me from losing weight.
Okay, okay, I know #5 is ridiculous, but honestly, I can’t help but think it! Is it a coincidence that my weight loss started slowing down around the same time I started running regularly? This past week was the first week I hadn’t run three times or more, and I lost weight for the first time in a long time. It could very well be that I lost muscle this past week, or perhaps it’s just a combination of all the factors I’ve mentioned, but I can’t help but wonder if my running is preventing me from losing weight. So many people have told me that running is great for weight loss and yet I have not seen that to be true for ME. What does that mean? I have no idea. I’m just throwing it out there. I’m not going to give up running, but I do think I would benefit from varied exercise, since I have done walking and running almost exclusively all summer long. So I’m going to try and add in a Pilates session once a week, as well as do more with my stability ball, and we’ll see what happens!