week off and weekly reflections: 3/30 – 4/5

couldn’t get the smile from the boy, but we got the bowtie on!

change in weight (3/30/21 – 4/5/21): –0.8 LBS

My apologies to those looking for last week’s post. I took an unannounced week off from writing. The truth is that life is pretty darn busy right now. The little boy is two months old, the girl is 2.5 and runs the house, work is back in action, and I am tired. Sometimes you realize there are only so many hours in a day and something has got to give. That is okay. And just because I took a break from writing does not mean I have taken a break from working on me.

I have been putting more effort into my walks and making solid minutes of activity every day. I have been getting 5k walks or intervals in at least 2-3 days per week, shorter walks in, and peloton cardio and strength training. Oh right, you heard that correctly… after more than a year of saying I will do more strength, I have had two weeks with 2-3 strength workouts each week. Yes, I know it is crazy. I am feeling okay… I am actually great! My triceps are tingling right now as I type this post.

I am super proud of my past week. I lost 0.8 pounds but what that doesn’t reflect is that without the easter holiday I would have lost more. I curiously gave a quick weight check-in Sunday morning and was 2 pounds down for the week. I am not upset about eating much of that on Sunday, because I allowed some indulgence. I did not eat myself sick like prior Ben would have. I enjoyed my mimosas, quiche, ham, and peanut butter pie (and boy was that peanut butter pie amazing!) Message me and I can send you off the recipe and the blogger who does it.

I want to emphasize the following point. The exercise has been working wonders for my renewed progress BUT it is not the reason. I have gotten so much better about tracking my food and sticking to the plan. Meaning, I have a 2158 calorie goal for the week. Stick to it! Actually adjusting my meals and intake to be smart and to honor my goals has felt so good. My plates are 2/3 veggies. I am eating good protein. I am focussing on feeding myself with respect and it is paying dividends.

Anyway. Thanks all for checking in. Let me know what your April goals are! Mine are below.

April Goals:

I have a couple goals for April. I want to run a 5k again. The weather is nicer and I want to get that 10k done later this year. First step is to get those running legs back under me. The next goals is to drink a gallon of water every day. I have been horrible about water intake (unless we cheat and count coffee as water). Enough said on this one. Lastly, I would like to drop below 280 by the end of the month. 60 pounds lost is right beyond my fingers and the 270s are a mere few pounds more. I can do it.

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Action Plan:

Every day goals:
1.1 gallon of water
2.Track every bite
3.20 Body weight squats

Daily goals

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
WalkWalkWalkWalkNo WalkWalkWalk
Low impact RideUpper body Strength and stretchPower zonePower zoneStretchRideStretch and recovery
Meal PlanMeal PlanMeal PlanMeal PlanMeal PlanModest takeoutMeal Plan

Meal plan denotes sticking to pre planned meals we shopped for.

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DateChange in Weight
12/1*
12/2*-5.4 lbs
12/9-5.4 lbs
12/16-3.4 lbs
12/23+2.8 lbs
12/29-1.2 lbs
1/6-1.4 lbs
1/13-1.6 lbs
1/20-1.4 lbs
1/27+0.4 lbs
2/3-1.2 lbs
2/10-4.6 lbs
2/17+0.4 lbs
2/24-1.6 lbs
3/2-3.2 lbs
3/9+1.8 lbs
3/16-3.2 lbs
3/23-0.6 lbs
3/30+0.4 lbs
4/6-1.6 lbs
4/13+0.8 lbs
4/20-1.8 lbs
4/270 lbs
5/4+2.4 lbs
5/11-5.2 lbs
5/180 lbs
5/25-1.0 lbs
6/1-1.2 lbs
6/8-0.4 lbs
6/15-0.8 lbs
6/22+0.8 lbs
6/29-1.4 lbs
7/6-2.4 lbs
7/13+2.4 lbs
7/20-1.6 lbs
7/27-0.4 lbs
8/3-1.2 lbs
8/10+0.4 lbs
8/17-1.4 lbs
8/24-1.4 lbs
8/31-0.2 lbs
9/7-0.6 lbs
9/14-1.4 lbs
9/21+0.2 lbs
9/28-1.8 lbs
10/5-0.2 lbs
10/12-1.0 lbs
10/19-1.0 lbs
10/26+0.8 lbs
11/2-1.4 lbs
11/9+2.0 lbs
11/16-1.8 lbs
11/23-0.4 lbs
11/30+0.2 lbs
12/7-0.2 lbs
12/14-1.2 lbs
12/21+1.8 lbs
12/28+0.8 lbs
1/4-1.2 lbs
1/11-0.4 lbs
1/180 lbs
1/25N/A – no weigh-in
2/1-0.6 lbs
2/8+1.6 lbs
2/15-1.2 lbs
2/22-0.4 lbs
3/1-1.0 lbs
3/8-0.6 lbs
3/15-2.2 lbs
3/22-1.2 lbs
3/290 lbs
4/5-0.8 lbs

* I first weighed myself on a Sunday night and began the regular weigh-ins the following morning

-Ben

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