Last week at this time I was less than enthused with my weekly weigh-in. For that week I had dropped only 1.6 pounds, and knew that it was because I had not always made the best choices and was tending toward excuses. This past week I have been more diligent and dedicated to my plan, and the results show. For this week just ended I lost 3.8 pounds. That bring my total weight loss for the last 7 weeks to 28.4 pounds.
Last Friday I flared up a pretty nasty blister on the ball of my right foot. It caused me to re-think my approach to foot care in the long run, and in the short run it meant that I had to stop using the treadmill at the gym. I substituted the stationary bike. I usually can’t handle the bike for more than 30 minutes, but this week I stretched myself. Last night I was on it for a full hour. All week I have been up over 45 minutes. When I use the bike I sweat more, and my heart rate is higher than when I walk. Sustaining the bike for a longer time means that I am getting more benefit of the exercise.
Also this week I made a lot of great food choices. At lunch time I ate restaurant food only once, and it was a chef salad. That still represents more points than I would ordinarily have, but still a better choice than the chili dogs or gyros of my past. We went out to dinner twice, and both times I made good choices. Once was a trip to Ruby Tuesday. I had their Asiago Peppercorn Steak (10 points), and had their salad bar and steamed broccoli for sides. The other trip was to Bonefish Grill where had…you guessed it…fish. I opted for no sauce on the fish, and finished it with broccoli and asparagus. I also resisted their heavily calorie laden appetizers and desserts.
At work I was slowed in my walking and stair climbing due to the blister. Hopefully next week it will be fully healed and I can get back on track there. To compensate, I made an extra trip to the gym. Since my last weigh-in I have been to the gym 5 times for a total of 4.5 hours of workout time. I never thought I’d say this, but the gym is becoming addictive.
I am very happy with my results this past week. The week ahead will have some challenges with the Easter Holiday, and a disruption to my daily routine. I may not see a 3.8 pound loss, but I will work hard to make sure that my positive choices and activities continue to gain momentum in my life.