OK, today I am amazed.
This past week I did not get to the gym to work out. I walked some extra laps at work, and did some extra stairs when I could, but I wouldn’t consider that a substitute for a good, hard work out. Last weekend we camped, so we were active. One day we did take a 30 minute walk, but that was cut short because we had things to do, and we didn’t walk on the second morning.
I stayed true to my Weight Watchers points, not exceeding on any day. I limited my snacks to fruits and vegetables, and I ate fish for dinner twice. I wasn’t expecting a big number for weight loss this week. I was thinking I would lose somewhere between 1 and 2 pounds.
Imagine my surprise when this morning I tipped the scale at 289.8 pounds. That is a whopping 4.4 pound loss from last week. I have now lost 16% of my original body weight. This week’s drop is the highest for a single week since way back on April 4th.
I am very pleased this morning indeed.
The next two weeks are going to be tricky. We have out of town guests this weekend, and a big picnic planned for tomorrow. On Tuesday we leave for a week long, multi-family vacation in Northern Michigan. That vacation usually features some pretty amazing food, way too much beer at the campfire, and reduced activity.
I plan to attack the trip very differently. I have the following 4 point plan to make sure that when I weigh in at the end of week 19, I weigh less than I do today:
- One plate of food per meal. This seems obvious, but with all the amazing food on this trip, the temptation for seconds will be great
- Walk to Thirsty’s at least once every day. Thirsty’s is a really fun party store that is located almost exactly 1 mile from where we are staying. Making that round trip at least 1 time per day will get me a good 40 minutes of hard walking
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. During the day, and during the evenings at the campfire, I will be drinking plenty of water. It promises to be a hot week, and beer will sometimes dehydrate me, so I will be making sure to stay on track with water
- Limiting the beer. I will still enjoy the campfires, the conversations, the late night philosophy, and the rest. I will just do it with a smaller number of cans of beer for the evening.
Next Friday we will be away on my weigh-in day, so the next “official” time that I update the progress chart will be two weeks from today.
Feeling very good today, looking forward to a fun vacation!