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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."


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.
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  • GINA7249
    love ur blog wtg
    3811 days ago
    Carolyn, I'm another guilty one of not keeping up with the Pound for Pound challenge too. I'm trying to figure out if this really clean eating is going to help me lose some of the weight I've put on over the past 2.5 years....we shall see. I'm concentrating on using some of the ideas from a gal, www.ohsheglows.com to incorporate into my daily nutrition. I've been trying to figure out what my daily caloric intake should be and trying to stay within it. My goal is to do that for 7 days straight and go from there and continue that pattern. This week I was only able to stay within my range 2 days, haven't gotten to Sunday yet. However, the days that I was over, I was over only by about 50-200 calories. So I'm okay with that for now...but like I said, gotta get within my range everyday for 7 days.

    AS FOR YOU MY LADY!!!! Holy cow, I love seeing the breakdown of your accomplishments! emoticon
    3813 days ago
    Thanks so much for this blog!!! I started running very casually last summer and almost gave it up because I was so slow and thought I would never progress but thanks to some great Spark friends and encouragement I have stuck with it... in January I took a running clinic. I will never be a stellar runner and I am not going for speed records (except my own)... but the exciting thing is I LOVE RUNNING!!!

    Back to your blog... I needed to hear the information from Coach Nancy ~ my scale has stalled and it is soooo frustrating! I am not fixated on the number, but after all this time (26 months), would love to hit the healthy BMI

    3813 days ago
    Taking it slow is what keeps it off!!

    3814 days ago
  • KLOSH1
    It's a lifestyle, not a race sweetie. We're trying to live healthy and you are doing it! You are shining example to all of those who follow you and we think you are amazing! emoticon
    3814 days ago
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  • B-N-ME
    You are doing awesome! Your focus and determination are inspiring!
    3814 days ago
  • BABSRA302
    Great job! What a true inspiration!
    3814 days ago
    True inspiration!! Keep it up
    3815 days ago
    Thanks for that information. I need to take another look at my goals again and make some adjustments. I, too, used to be able to lose about 10 pounds a month, but that was 8 years ago, so my metabolism has probably slowed down a bit. I am trying not to get discouraged! Keep up the great work.
    3815 days ago
    Hi! You are doing great! emoticon My goal is to reach Onederland ASAP. I started at 208 and today I am at 202.6 for a total of 5.4 pounds so far. I'm getting closer all the time. Keep inspiring me. emoticon P.S. I started at sparking at 220 at the end of January.
    3815 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/9/2010 12:54:02 PM
  • IXCHEL23
    Thanks Carolyn for sharing that info from SP Coach Nancy! Great to hear that and it makes sense!

    It's super how you are thinking positive! I know exactly what you were going through with Mr.Scale which I'm experiencing but you've given me hope to be patient with myself and keep trying!

    Yes, all those pounds add up even if they seem small, you're doing emoticon emoticon
    3815 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Wow, you are so close to your goal weight! With the training you do, you are sure to get there!

    YOu are emoticon

    I was wondering - have you changed your goal weight along the way or is it the same one you started with? When I was setting my goal, I realized that I have no idea what a "thin" weight would be for me. I have a friend who is the same height who is thin at 150lbs, but our body shapes are different. I put 160 lbs as my goal, but I wonder if, as I get closer to that number, I'll end up changing it.

    Also, I was wondering how much importance the scale has for you now that you've become a runner? I find that exercising is really motivating, but stepping on the scale fills me doubts. I wonder if eventually the scale will shrink in importance compared to exercise goals. Has there been this kind of shift in your thinking? I'd love to see a blog post on the topic. emoticon
    3815 days ago
    You're doing great Carolyn. This journey is about getting healthy, not about reaching a number on a scale. And if you are running a half marathon, I'd say you're there.
    3815 days ago
    That tid-bit from Coach Nancy is really helpful! Thank you so much for sharing! You should check out the My Sparksummary Calendar page that is linked from your start page (under "Tools", but you need to scroll past your trackers to get there). It lists out everything you track on calendar and you can go back months to see patterns and look up stuff. Really helpful for keeping track of your progress!
    3815 days ago
    Yay Carolyn! You have had amazing progress. I'm proud of you. Have you thought of what your anniversary/goal reward will be? If not, you need to - you will certainly have earned it!!


    emoticon Kelli
    3815 days ago
    Super job... I once saw a chart I really liked that WolfKitty did.. at the time, I didn't have enough "time" under my belt.. but now, I do.. I think I'll go back and recreate it...

    Battle on,
    3815 days ago
  • no profile photo PIXIECN
    Congrats, you're soooo close! You've done a wonderful job!
    3815 days ago
    Your stats are awesome!
    3815 days ago
    Anniversary....here you come!!!! I am confident that you will reach your goals and beyond. But, remember the numbers do NOT define us. You are a healthier and stronger woman and that is the most important thing!!
    3815 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6621136
    Wonderful! Isn't it great to look at how far we've come? :)
    3815 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Congrats on your great weigh in! You're doing marvelous!
    3815 days ago
    12.5 from goal???? WOW! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3815 days ago
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