if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it and weekly reflections: 5/18 – 5/24

but that hair. Another awkward post-run selfie for your viewing pleasure

change in weight (5/18/21 – 5/24/21): -1.0 LBS

I am down another pound this week. I am happy about it, as I write every time I lose weight. Ultimately, there isn’t much to say about the weekly routine because it’s working. I don’t need to change, because I continue to find success in my daily plans.

Part of the reason I love this plan so much is that I am not upending my life. There is plenty of other things to upend life. The little one is going through his 3/4 month sleep regression. I have averaged 4 hours of sleep each of the past 3 nights. That is enough of a change for me, thanks. And let’s be real, I love food. I love dumplings, pizza, and doughnuts. I also love salad, fruit, and lean meat.

I love food because I think food represents more than simply utility. For some it is just that and good for them! For me, food transports us to emotions, to nostalgia, food can serve as a common area for us to come together with loved ones. What I am saying is this low and slow health journey of mine is embracing my love of food and altering how I think about the consumption of it. It rebalances things for a healthier me. So this past week, with fatigue in full swing and a stressful life, we had pizza, takeout Chinese food, and doughnuts. And I still stuck to my plan.

the running

I finally got new running shoes. Now that my running shoes are not warn out and falling apart, I am back on it to start my 10k training. The race I am aiming for is in Chatham, MA on Cape Cod in November. I figured that gives me plenty of time to shed another 20-30 pounds, and to up my distance.

This morning I went out and broke the shoes in. I felt like a wet brick (whatever that means), but I did my intervals and it felt good. Once I get a bit more sleep I expect for my body to respond a bit better.

I know I told you all I have a post about binge eating coming and I still do… I am going to blame the sleep regression!

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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

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
12/2*-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
4/12-2.2 lbs
4/19-1.6 lbs
4/26-1.0 lbs
5/3-0.6 lbs
5/10+1.2 lbs
5/17-2.8 lbs
5/24-1.0 lbs

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