Pound for Pound Challenge Week #6
Friday, April 09, 2010
I am sorry I have not posted or blogged about my progress during the Pound for Pound Challenge lately.
I have been very conscientious of my nutrition, hydration, rest and training. My physical workouts are very demanding as I have been preparing my body for my half marathon. I knew my focus had to stay off that scale and on my nutrition and training.
I knew there was physiological reasoning behind what I was experiencing with the scale, so I have not been concerned.
Spark Coach Nancy Explained it to me like this:
"What you are experiencing is VERY common. The reason, as you increase your mileage your body is building those all-important glycogen reserves needed to fuel a race/training of this distance. So for every gram of carb that you need to load those reserves, your body is retaining 3-5 grams of water...so you can see why the scale may have slowed, but it is more a shift in your body's need to fuel your runs, than it is you not following a program."
HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
So, here is my progress report.
3/5/2010: GW: 194.5 WI:194.5
3/12/2010: GW: 193.2, WI: 192.5
3/19/2010: GW: 192.1, WI: 191.8
3/26/2010: GW: 190.9, WI:191.8 (again?)
4/2/2010: GW: 189.7, WI: 193.1 (not stressed)
4/9/2010: GW: 188.5, WI: 189.5
4/16/2010: GW: 187.3, WI:
4/23/2010: GW: 186.1, WI:
4/30/2010: GW: 184.9, WI:
5/7/2010: GW: 183.7, WI:
5/14/2010: GW: 182.5, WI:
5/21/2010: GW: 181.3, WI:
5/28/2010: GW: 180.1, WI: (lowest adult weight)
6/4/2010: GW: 178.9, WI:
6/11/2010: GW: 177.7, WI:
6/12/2010: GW: 176.5 (One year anniversary of new lifestyle)!
177 is actually my goal weight to reach before my one year anniversary. That will take me to a nice even 90 lb.s lost in 12 months.
How about you? How are you doing in reaching your goals? If you are not doing so already, be sure to keep a record of your weekly weight loss/gain/maintenance to see patterns of weight loss and to recognize your awesome accomplishments. When weight loss slows to a trickle it is even more important. I had gotten to a point where I did not want to weigh in because my weight was fluctuating so much and it felt like I was not making progress. My weight would go down one week, maintain the following week, down the next and then repeat the cycle. When I sat down and really looked at how much weight I have lost since the first week in January, it was 18 lbs. in three months. That did not seem like a lot because I was used to consistently dropping 8-10 lbs. a month. Now I'm only able to drop 4 - 6 lbs. a month. 18 pounds is a lot! I'm only 12.5 lbs. from my goal weight.