Today, I'm feeling: Surprised and a bit frustrated, but knew that this was bound to happen.
Here's what happened last week:
After a loss of 2 pounds last week, I committed to myself (and all of you) that I would strive for a 3 pound loss at today's weigh-in. I even weighed-in on Saturday morning for the MayDay Challenge and found that I had lost those three pounds. I ate well on Saturday and did a 28-mile bike race on Sunday, where I probably burned about 1,000 calories and had to eat the calorie shot-blocks during the race. Maybe it somehow messed me up (or at least my digestion). Anyway, I am up, which is a bummer, but I think it is a weird timing thing and I'll be back down within a day or two. Any ideas or advice for me on this one???
Food: I ate very well this week, averaging just under 1,700 calories per day, except for "Dark Monday" (see below). I had a great week for my nutrition and even stepped up my exercise. Getting smarter (and faster and cheaper) at preparing my daily food, which is making all of this easier! My diet involves a lot of fresh fruit and veggies, egg whites, grilled chicken and lunchmeat and even Subway sandwiches (no cheese, low-cal dressings), turkey jerky, soup, and rarely cereal or oatmeal. I've also started having some sushi (pretty light in calories, surprisingly) and some sorbet.
Liquids: Tons of water, quite a bit of the Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus. This keeps it all moving and energy levels up. Coffee everyday. Will likely get some Grey Goose vodka this week, but I usually only have about 1 shot per week.
Exercise: Twice this week, my wife suggested I just "walk home" from the nearby grocery store to help me get in some additional quick exercise. Also, I raced in the Tour of the Tucson Mountains (see re-cap soon).
Confessional: "Dark Monday". See last week's weigh-in post to get more detail, but I have a habit of treating myself to some sloppy eating on Monday, after my weigh-in. I tried to be a bit more reasonable this week with some Doritos and cheese...but had too much at one meal. I think my body is no longer used to this food, because it just dragged me down for about two days, feeling like a brick in my belly. I ate veggies and lean foods during those days and recovered, but learned the lesson that I just don't enjoy these foods as much anymore.
Weight Loss Highlight of the Week: My cycling jersey (yes, that spandex type) fit much better than it did during my two races earlier this year. Someday, I may even feel decent wearing this tight thing.
My Goals for this Week:
Losing 5 pounds now by Saturday, to accomplish my goal for the MayDay Challenge.
Maintain a daily calorie budget of 1,700 or less
Exercise at least 4 times this week (walking or cycling).