Weigh-in Wednesday: Week 18

This week was pretty much non-stop WORK. Places to go, people to see, a laundry list of things to do, a reasonably ambitious fitness goal, and last week’s setback to overcome.

Much to my surprise, it actually went really well! And it led to more ambitious undertakings – like tackling my very small and ugly bathroom. Over the last couple months, we’ve been slowly acquiring everything required to give it a major makeover and when we got an unexpected kidless day on Saturday, I pulled the trigger. While Aaron worked on electrician-y things, I spent the day climbing up and down the ladder scraping and sanding all the peeling paint in my bathroom, painting the ceiling, painting the walls, and totally redecorating. Amazingly enough, you can burn a lot of calories working on home improvement projects!

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The Numbers: DOWN DOWN DOWN!! Man. That felt so, so good. I knew I had to work hard to catch up after last week’s setback – especially if I’m going to make that 10% goal. Believe me when I say that it wasn’t easy, but worth it. It felt amazing to see the numbers go down so much this week, especially after the disappointment I felt last week.

Non-Scale Victories: So, in my last post, I set a reasonable fitness goal. AND I KEPT IT! Were some days more intense than others? Yes. One day I did a yoga class *AND* went for a brisk power walk in my neighborhood. One day, I spent five minutes on an elliptical because that was all the spare time I had. One day, I chose to literally run through all of my errands – to and from the car (parked intentionally far away), down the aisles at the store when they were clear, all around IKEA looking for that one stupid item I couldn’t find for a reasonable price anywhere else. (Moses particularly enjoyed that last one. It’s his new favorite game when we’re shopping. He gets a little glint in his eye when he asks me to “Run fast, mama?” and then laughs and laughs when I do.) And you know what? All those little choices actually paid off. And not just on the scale. I drank more water, made wiser food choices, even chose not to pick up another box of wine when we ran out. (Turns out that actually does affect weight loss! And yes, I said box. We classy ’round here.)

Last Week’s Goals: “Fit in fitness” every day this week. ✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓✓ (7/7) Ok, those checks were probably excessive, but it feels amazing to finally have a week where I met my goal 100% of the time.

This Week’s Goal: Eight glasses of water per day. Lose at least one pound this week. I don’t like setting a scale based goal, but it’s totally necessary if I’m going to hit my monthly goal, which I very much want to do!

This Month’s Goal: Hit my 10% weight loss goal. (This is a Weight Watchers thing. You can read more about this specific goal here. And if I really work hard – I will hit this goal this month.)

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