A Week & A Half into the Eight Week Challenge
Friday, November 13, 2009
I'm a week and a half into this eight week challenge that is supposed to help me through the holiday season. In my first week I lost a half a pound, which is less than my regular target of one pound per week. I know I should be happy with any amount of weight loss, as I am still moving forward. However, my competitive nature is causing me to feel disappointed. I feel like I have somewhat let the team down, as I did not meet my target weight loss.
My weight loss progress definitely wasn't help by my food consumption last week. I just seemed to be having an especially hungry week and a bad weekend. During the week I just didn't seem to be satisfied, even with making lots of healthy selections that were high in whole grains, fruits, veggies, fibre, and protein. I just wanted more. Then this last weekend I spent two nights hanging out with a friend who's wife just left him. The first night we went to a hockey game with his family and the second we had a games night at his parents' place. So, both activities involved junk food, alcohol and minimal sleep, which wrote off the next day for activity too. Tuesday rolled around and the scale only moved a half of a pound. Right then and there, I resolved to have a better week this week.
So far so good. I've stayed in my calorie range all week. I've reached my calories burned goal for the week and have completed all of my strength training activities. I also have a run/walk planned for tomorrow morning, so I'll more than exceed my calories burned goal. As a part my challenge the team has some internal weekly challenge of walking/running 11 miles (17.7 km) and trying a new food this week. I'm 2 km away from meeting that goal, which will be accomplished less than half way through my planned run for tomorrow, and I have purchased some kale. I can't believe I've never tried it, but I'll search out a recipe for it tomorrow to make on Sunday with my pot roast. Anyone have any suggestions???
Right now I'm feeling comfortable with my accomplishments this week, but only time and the scale will tell.