I struggled this week... I didn't eat nearly enough most days and it wasn't without consequences. Thankfully making good food choices isn't a problem - however I have difficulty finding the right balance of how much to eat while I increase my exercise. My weight loss inevitably stalls when I don't eat enough - yet I've become accustomed and comfortable with how much I've been eating. It is hard for me to eat more when I truly don't feel hungry. I tried increasing my portions a little (for instance 1/2 cup of cottage cheese instead of 1/4 cup, 1 oz. of "veggie" chips instead of 1/2 oz., or 1 1/2 cups fresh fruit instead of 1 cup) - but it still isn't enough. It's definitely something I need to work on this week.
Exercise was great this week although I had switch my workout on Thursday to Friday (my usual day off) because the kids were really sick and hubby was fasting so my entire schedule was off that day. Here's the wrap-up for my exercise week:
Saturday - DAY OFF
Sunday - Zumba (75 minutes)
Monday - 8 mile run (personal best both distance and time!)
Tuesday - 2.5 mile run / 2.5 mile walk
Wednesday - 12.23 mile bike ride (which turned out to be a bad idea)
Thursday - DAY OFF
Friday - 3 mile run / 2.25 mile walk
I waited a couple weeks before I resumed bike riding to allow my knees to heal. I figured since my dad and I evaluated and addressed the problems that caused the knee problems I would be all set to hit the road for a long ride on Wednesday. I was wrong.
I mistakenly thought since biking is much less impact on the body that riding for an hour and a half was no big deal. The combination of riding for too long and taking on a handful of fairly steep inclines took their toll on my knees and now they hurt even worse than they did before. So much so that it hurts a lot to bend/squat or kneel on the floor - and to some degree they hurt a little when I walk, but oddly they don't hurt at all when I run - so that's a good thing!
Just as I had to build up my endurance to run - I have to build up my endurance to cycle. Hindsight is always better, huh? In the meantime I'm giving up biking until I can get the knee pain resolved. I called and scheduled an appointment with sports medicine (the soonest available day was July 17th) - I'm hoping they can determine exactly what is wrong with my knees and give me the appropriate exercises to recover.
Here's my weekly progress...
Current weight: 220.8
Last week's weight: 222.8
Difference: -2 lbs
Total lost: -55.2 lbs
I had doubts I would see the numbers budge because all week I was weighing even heavier than last week's weigh in. I figured I was heading into a plateau since I was having a rough time finding the right balance with eating more since I was exercising more... I wasn't worried about it, but I am glad to see a loss this week!